Jason M. Hatfield
Jason M. Hatfield 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.
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). The Arkansas Court of Appeals affirmed rulings in favor of his clients in Kitchen Distributors v. Greenlee, 2011 Ark. App. 741 (2011), American Eagle Airlines and Specialty Risk Services v. Don Berndt, 2013 Ark. App. 230 (2013) and Mercy Hospital v. Hendley, 2015 Ark. App. 527 (2015).
Jason’s closing argument during a three week jury trial in 2009 in the 4th Judicial District, Washington County, State of Arkansas, was quoted by New York Times bestselling author David Kirby in his book, Animal Factory.
Jason’s law firm, Jason M. Hatfield, P.A., focuses its law practice in the areas of personal injury, tractor-trailer wrecks, car accidents, wrongful death cases, workers compensation, and social security disability. In 2015, Jason successfully litigated many workers compensation cases including: Davis v. Complete Towing, 2015 AR Wrk. Comp. Lexis 3, Rosales v. Elite Masonry, AR. Wrk. Comp. Lexis 30, Mackey v. City of Fayetteville, AR Wrk. Comp Lexis 158, Hollingsworth v. J B Hunt, 2015 AR Wrk. Comp. Lexis 200, Birtcher v. City of Mena, 2015 Wrk. Comp. Lexis 260, Yousey v. Multi Craft, 2015 AR Wrk. Comp. Lexis 322, Johnson v. Berryville School District, 2015 AR Wrk. Comp. Lexis 424, and Ambrose v. TLI Carpet, 2015 AR Wrk. Comp. Lexis 421.
Jason is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and has been elected by his peers to serve a fifth 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 thirteen 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 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. In 2014, Jason was elected to the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates. 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.
In 2013, Jason was selected by his peers and named as a Super Lawyer. Additionally, he received an AV rating on Martindale.com, giving him preeminent lawyer status.
Jason is married to Dessa Hatfield. He has coached his sons’ basketball teams and is head coach of the AAO Woodland basketball team. He also assists with tackle football. The family enjoys professional football and basketball 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. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
- 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