Jason M. Hatfield
Jason M. Hatfield was born in Maryville, Missouri. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and obtained a Bachelor of Science pre-medicine degree in Microbiology in 1991. In 1992, he began working on his Master of Science degree in Food Science and completed his Master's Thesis in 1994. The research he performed while obtaining his degree was later published in the Journal of Food Quality, titled Minimizing Color Degradation in Blush Wines. He began law school while finishing his Master's Thesis and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1997.
While attending law school, Jason accepted a job as a law clerk at the Niblock Law Firm and continued working at the Niblock Law Firm after passing the Arkansas Bar Exam in 1997. Upon graduation, Jason was assigned most of the litigation work in practice areas of personal injury, first party insurance, Workers' Compensation and product liability. Jason has participated in hundreds of depositions and bench trials. He has tried numerous cases to jury in Arkansas Circuit Courts and Federal Courts, and argued his jury verdict in Boudreau v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 249 F.3d 715 (2001). He has successfully reversed trial court rulings in three separate reported cases at the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Those cases are reported as Green v. Alpharma, Inc., 373 Ark. 378 (2008); Bohannon v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 102 Ark. App. 37 (2008); Barrett v. C.L. Swanson Corp., 2010 Ark. App. 91 (2010). Jason recently prevailed at the Arkansas Court of Appeals, winning permanent total disability benefits for his client in American Eagle Airlines and Specialty Risk Services v. Don Berndt, CA12-1024 (Opinion delivered April 10, 2013).
In 2005, Jason became of-counsel with Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP and expanded his practice into the areas of class actions, toxic torts, mass torts and environmental litigation. Jason sat first chair in the three week jury trial in the 4th Judicial District, Washington County, State of Arkansas, toxic tort case involving in excess of one hundred residents exposed to arsenic through the spreading of arsenic-laden chicken litter near their homes and schools. His opening statement was quoted by New York Times bestselling author David Kirby in his book, Animal Factory.
In 2013, Jason opened his own law firm, Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. Jason continues to focus his law practice in the areas of personal injury, tractor-trailer wrecks, car accidents, wrongful death cases, workers compensation, and social security disability.
Jason is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and has been elected by his peers to serve a fourth term on the Board of Governors. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee and is a member of the Golden Gavel Club. He has previously served as Chairman of the Listserve Committee and served on the Amicus and Membership Committees. He has been a Champion of Justice for nine consecutive years and received the President's Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the Arkansas Trial Lawyers' Association. Jason has served as President of the Washington County Bar Association in 2012. Jason has been a member of the American Association for Justice and Arkansas Bar Association since 1997. He has led continuing legal education seminars on a variety of litigation topics including: workers compensation, premises liability, tractor-trailer wrecks, courtroom technology, and expert testimony.
Jason is married to Dessa Hatfield. He coaches his sons’ basketball teams and he is head coach of the AAO McNair Middle School basketball team. He also assists with tackle football. The family enjoys professional football games, Arkansas Razorback sports, and fantasy football. In their spare time they enjoy traveling, swimming, running, and fishing.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- Social Security -- Disability
- Workers' Compensation Law
- Arkansas, 1997
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
- J.D. - 1997
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
- M.S. - 1994
- Major: Food Science
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
- B.S. - 1991
- Major: Microbiology