Joey H. McCutchen, II, a trial lawyer, currently serves as the President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). He has been an ATLA member for over 20 years and has served on the ATLA Board of Governors since 2003. He received ATLA’s 2013 Citizen Merit award which is given to an attorney who seeks to foster greater public understanding of the rights and liberties that ATLA seeks to preserve, or further the public’s knowledge in regard to the prevention of injury.
In 2017, Joey was the recipient of the ATLA Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award that is given to those ATLA members whose love of the law, the legal profession and advancement of advocacy is reflective of those same qualities of the late Roxanne Wilson, for whom the award is named.
Joey is the founder of the Transparency in Government Group of Western Arkansas. The group was established in 2015, and is a leading advocate for transparency in government entities by providing educational seminars with keynote speakers open to the public. The mission of the Transparency in Government Group of Western Arkansas is to ensure maximum transparency and openness in governmental affairs involving taxpayer monies. As an example, objectives of the group are to encourage the public to learn how to legitimately question governmental officials, encourage the public to become familiar with the respective procedures to access information from governmental agencies, and encourage timely notification and disclosure of all public meetings and open disclosure of any decisions reached during those meetings Joey has been instrumental in bringing litigation to uphold the public and media’s right to know governmental business and has fought against efforts to eliminate important sunshine laws in the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
More than 27 years ago, Joey established the law office of Joey McCutchen, later, McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm in Fort Smith, founded on two unbending principles: first, the law firm would only represent injured consumers and would never represent insurance companies or big business; and second, that every case is taken and prepared as if it is going to go to trial. Joey also fights against all efforts of big business to take away the constitutional rights of the injured, the elderly, and our most vulnerable—the children.
Joey is a nationally recognized faculty member and instructor for the Keenan Ball Trial Lawyer College teaching trial strategy nationwide since 2009.
His community service includes serving on numerous Boards, the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Alumni & Friends Association and previously on the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but more importantly, spearheading numerous safety campaigns under the firm’s Project Safety campaign, including “Take 25” Child Safety Project, Distracted Driving programs to students and the annual Child Seat Safety Project. He has been selected to the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame for his sustained mentoring with the youth of the community. He was instrumental in starting the ATLA Docket “Goods Works” column and has been featured in the same publication. For more than 25 years, he has chaired Continuing Legal Education seminars to educate Arkansas trial lawyers about personal injury cases. Joey has raised his family to believe that respect of others is one of their most important duties. Unfortunately, he lost his beloved wife, Tara, in 2017 who devoted most of her adult life to helping students to better themselves and is a devoted father to his daughters Elizabeth and Victoria.