J. R. Carroll

(479) 695-1938
(479) 973-0007 Fax

As lead counsel, Mr. Carroll has tried numerous matters successfully receiving both defense and plaintiff verdicts for his clients. Mr. Carroll serves as an engagement partner in the Fayetteville office focused on representing companies in all sizes from publicly traded Fortune 500 companies to small privately held companies in two main areas: products liability and complex commercial litigation. However, Mr. Carroll, as lead counsel, has tried to verdict numerous different areas of litigation.

In 2017 Mr. Carroll was named to The Best Lawyers in America© list by US News with regard to defense of manufacturers in product liability cases. Most recently, in December of 2017 Mr. Carroll received a defense verdict on behalf of a product manufacturer in a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit. Hill v. Kubota Corporation and Kubota Tractor Corporation, CV-2012-5795, Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Mr. Carroll’s background in accounting along with his legal background has allowed him to focus on all different forms of complex business litigation for his clients. Since 2013 Mr. Carroll has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and he is a registered NFL contract advisor representing players and coaches in a variety of matters including employment and endorsement contracts. Mr. Carroll has negotiated contracts with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Representative Matters

  • Representation of manufacturers in all forms of product liability and commercial litigation regarding injury with concentration on wrongful death actions, fire investigations, disputes with franchisees regarding indemnification, contribution and termination of dealership agreements. Mr. Carroll has represented manufacturers and dealers regarding all types of farm equipment, attachments, engines, ATV’s, motorcycles, manufactured homes, seat belts, car seats, and roll-over accidents (both vehicle and equipment).
  • Representation of the above clients involving liability issues dealing with improper design and improper construction, with an emphasis on multiple-party litigation, arbitration and mediation. Representation of developers, lenders, material suppliers, municipalities, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and property owners regarding all aspects of construction litigation including materialmen’s liens, lien notices, change orders, completion issues, priority concerns and bankruptcy issues. (Plaintiff's Verdict in favor of Hunnicutt Construction Inc. on breach of oral construction contract: Hunnicutt Construction Inc. v. Waller, CV-2003-1016 Washington County Circuit Court ).
  • Representation of numerous corporations regarding premises liability regarding trip and fall accidents, improper railing, improper construction of steps and staircases, improper design of railing and steps, improper design and layout of furniture and lobby, inadequate lighting and security (Defense Verdict in favor of the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse regarding allegations of negligence and design: Meadows v. Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, CV-2005-400 Crawford County Circuit Court).
  • Representation of numerous motor carriers, including several carriers on a continuing basis, regarding all aspects of business and liability issues. Additionally, representing various motor carriers, directly and via their insurers, regarding fatalities, catastrophic injuries, life care planning, and hazardous materials transportation (Defense Verdict in favor of Moore U.S. Mail Contractors, Inc. regarding allegations of negligence of defendant driver who was cited for failure to yield to plaintiff: Marron v. U.S. Mail Contractors, Inc., CV-2008-376 Washington County Circuit Court, affirmed on appeal CA-09-853).
  • Representation of NFL draft eligible players regarding all aspects of pre-draft and post-draft needs, specifically, negotiation of employment contracts and separate marketing agreements, creating a foundation and corporate entities to protect prospective player and his family from liability, prosecuting any trademark or infringement on the players name or likeness by third parties, providing counsel for all banking and real estate transactions, and estate and trust work to secure the assets of the player.