Russell C. Atchley

(479) 695-1962
(479) 973-0007 Fax

Mr. Atchley is the managing partner for the litigation group in Kutak Rock’s Arkansas offices. He has practiced law as a trial attorney in Arkansas for over 32 years. Mr. Atchley focuses his trial practice on construction disputes, product liability litigation, complex business litigation and health care litigation. He has extensive experience representing national banking institutions, design/build firms, contractors and owners in construction disputes, manufacturers and retailers in products liability claims, and health care organizations in all types of litigation. Mr. Atchley has acted as lead or co-lead counsel in over 50 jury trials and as lead counsel in over 250 bench trials in matters in both state and federal courts in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Mr. Atchley possesses an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and is a member of the ABA Forum on the construction industry. He also is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).


  • Representation of a design/build firm in a major construction dispute involving allegations of breach of contract, professional negligence, fraud and violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
  • Representation of a major national retailer in its claim for property loss damages resulting from an electrical explosion due to negligence on the part of an electrical contractor during hurricane Irene.
  • Representation of a major regional health care organization amid allegations of intentional interference with existing contract, deceptive trade practices, and violations of Stark and Anti-kickback laws.
  • Representation of a design/build firm (plaintiff) in a case involving claims and counterclaims for breach of a project development agreement relating to the construction of a medical office building.
  • Representation of a foreign manufacturer of farm equipment defending against product liability claims.
  • Representation of an ambulatory surgery center in a civil False Claim Act case involving allegedly false claims for reimbursement.
  • Representation of a publicly traded transportation company in defense of allegations of theft of trade secrets, misappropriation of proprietary information and tortious interference with business relationships.
  • Representation of a major general contractor in multi-day jury trial regarding breach of contract and non-performance allegations.
  • Representation of a publicly traded manufacturing company against an international casualty insurance syndicate in multimillion-dollar litigation involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud and bad faith relating to insurance coverage issues.
  • Representation of a general contractor in a multi-day trial amid allegations of breach of contract and tortious interference with a business relationship made by a package post and beam house construction design company.
  • Representation of hotel owners in multi-day trial against contractor and surety for faulty construction of parking facility.