FRANKLIN A. POFF, JR.
ATTORNEY AT LAW - CERTIFIED/QUALIFIED MEDIATOR
Frank Poff has practiced law for 30 years, resolving 90+ percent of his cases without trial but handling state cases up to state supreme court level and federal cases to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been appointed to judge trials in municipal, district,and circuit courts in Arkansas, which experiences have solidified his belief that mediation is the cheapest, fairest and least painful process available for resolving disputes. He has been Certified in Arkansas and Qualified in Texas as a Mediator since 2007 and has had continuing education each year since then to remain current on mediation trends, improved techniques and procedures. His Mediation success rate is approximately 90% for the last five years, and cases that do not settle at mediation generally resolve before trial, in part due to the Mediation process.
Born September 27, 1956, in Hot Springs, Arkansas; health, excellent; married to Theresa Poff of Texarkana, Arkansas, on August 19, 1978; wife is an occupational therapist; three adult sons: Lin, Will and Curt.
HIGH SCHOOL: 1975 Graduate, Hot Springs High School.
Activities and Honors: Who's Who in American High Schools; National Citizenship Seminar Delegate; Lion's Club Student of the Month; Elks Most Valuable Student Award; Thespian Troupe, President, 2 years; Debate Team, 2 years; Student Council.
COLLEGE: 1979 Graduate, Hendrix College, BA in History & Political Science.
Activities and Honors: Carl Babcock Leadership Award; Student Senate; Student Representative to Faculty Advisory Committee; Cheerleader; Freshman Orientation, Co-Chairman; Mo-Ark District Circle K Service Club, Lt. Governor; Athletic Activities Committee, Chairman; Swim Team, Team Captain, 4-year Letterman, All Conference 3 years, national qualifier, 2 years.
LAW SCHOOL: 1982 Graduate, UALR School of Law, Juris Doctor
Activities and Honors: Honor Council, Chief Justice; Student Bar Association, Executive Board, Vice-President; Wright, Lindsey and Jennings Scholarship, Guy A. Moore Scholarship, Harry P. Warner Scholarship, UALR Law School Newsbrief staff member; Advisory Committee to the Dean; Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity; Arkansas Bar Association - Law School Division.
June 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012: Of Counsel, Boyd, Poff & Burgess, L.L.P. Texarkana, Texas; corporate and insurance defense litigation in Arkansas and Texas; some general practice, including domestic relations, probate, court appointed ad litem counsel in child protection cases, and qualified/certified mediator in Arkansas and Texas.
January, 2000 to June 1, 2012: Partner, Boyd, Poff & Burgess, L.L.P. Texarkana, Texas; corporate and insurance defense litigation in Arkansas and Texas; some general practice, including domestic relations, probate, court appointed ad litem counsel in child protection cases, and qualified/certified mediator in Arkansas and Texas.
April, 1998 to December 1999: Of Counsel, Crisp, Jordan & Boyd, L.L.P. Texarkana, Texas; corporate and insurance defense litigation in Arkansas and Texas;
January, 1993 to April, 1998: Partner, Gooding & Dodson, P.C. Texarkana, Texas; corporate and insurance defense litigation in Arkansas and Texas;
April, 1990 to December, 1992: Associate, Gooding & Dodson, P.C. Texarkana, Texas; insurance defense trial practice;
May, 1982 to April, 1990: Walker & Poff Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas; general practice of law, including domestic relations, bankruptcy for creditors, UCC collections practice and personal injury plaintiff practice, and a smattering of criminal defense work, as appointed.
May, 1980 to May, 1982: Law Clerk, W. J. Walker, Attorney at Law, Little Rock, Arkansas; commercial law, bankruptcy, debtor-creditor, family relations, probate and tort law.
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating: “AV” (highest possible rating) since 1990’s.
Appointed Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, 2002;
United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., 1987;
United States Court of Military Appeals, Washington, D.C., 1982;
Arkansas Bar and licensed to practice law in Arkansas August 24, 1982; #82-127
United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1982;
United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1982;
Texas State Bar and licensed to practice law in Texas July 6, 1990; #16085800
United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1990
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1990;
Member or former member of:
American Bar Association;
American Trial Lawyers Association;
Arkansas Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates, 2002;
Pulaski County Bar; 1982 to 1990
Pulaski County Bar, GRIDIRON, "Newcomer of the Year", 1984;
Texarkana Bar Association, 1990 to present; President, 2003-2004;
NE Texas Bar Association, 1990 to present;
Defense Research Institute, 1992 to present;
Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly, 1995 to present;
“Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” in Arkansas 2010;
Little Rock, Arkansas:
Arkansas Leadership Seminar, Inc., Secretary, Legal Counsel;
Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation, Vice-Chairman, Finance Director, 1985
Little Rock Jaycees, Secretary, Parliamentarian, Legal Counsel, 1984-1985;
Little Rock Breakfast Lions Club, Charter Member, Officer, 1985-1986;
American Heart Association, Pulaski County, Board Member 1986-1988;
Rotary International Delegate to Pakistan, February, 1985 to April, 1985;
West Little Rock Rotary Club 1987-1989;
Rotary District 615 Group Study Exchange Board 1989;
Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Board Member, 1995 to present, Past President;
Texarkana, Arkansas City Director, 2002 – 2004;
Texarkana, Arkansas Planning Commission, 2005 – 2008, Past Vice-Chairman;
Texarkana, Arkansas Historic District Commission, 2006 – 2010, Past Chairman;
Texarkana Volunteer of the Year “Wilbur Award” 2003;
Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center’s “Phantom Volunteer of the Year” 2009;
Texarkana Resources for the Disabled, 1999 – 2005, Past Chairman;
Easter Seals East Texas, initial President, Delegate to National House of Delegates, 1999 to present; Chairman, National House of Delegates, 2010 to present; ex officio member of National Board of Directors of Easter Seals, Inc., 2010 to present; and currently nominated to a 4 year term on National Board of Directors of Easter Seals, Inc.;
Teen Court of Texarkana, Inc.; Board of Directors, 2002 to present, Past Chairman;
Occasionally serving as Special Judge at district and circuit levels for local judges, spending time with spouse, interview coaching of students and pageant contestants, judging pageants, acting in theatre, assisting with ballet, playing sports and participating in civic & philanthropic activities.
Sonja Yates Hubbard, CEO EZ-Mart, Inc., Texarkana, TX
Chris Karam, CEO, Christus St. Michael, Texarkana, TX
Lacy McMillan, President, Capital One Bank, Texarkana, TX
Julia Mobley, Owner, Commercial National Bank, Texarkana, TX
Hon. Jeff Addison, County Court at Law, Texarkana, TX
Leon Sanderson, President, HEC Environmental Group, Inc., Texarkana, AR
Hon. Prissy Hickerson, State Representative, Texarkana, AR
Hon. Steve Harrelson, State Senator, Texarkana, AR
Hon. Kirk Johnson, Circuit Judge, Texarkana, AR
Hon. Brent Haltom, Circuit Judge, Texarkana, AR
Hon. Joe Griffin, Circuit Judge, Texarkana, AR
Hon. Wren Autrey, District Judge, Texarkana, AR
Steve Shults, Attorney, Little Rock, AR
Tim Cloyd, President, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Ellis Arnold, Vice President, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Merriann M. Metz, Senior Attorney Publix Super Market, Lakeland, FL
Stephen F. Rossman, Chairman Easter Seals National Board of Directors, Miami, FL
Joseph G. Kern, Division Counsel, Darden Restaurants, Inc., Orlando, FL
Richard W. Davidson, President and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, Parsippany, NJ
Kim D. Dalgliesh, Esq., attorney, Newtown Square, PA
Barry A. Katz, former President, General Refractories Company, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Ronald I. Palmer, Psychiatrist, Oil City, PA