Featured – Caroline Curry Lewis, Managing Bankruptcy Attorney

June 29, 2015

ATTORNEY PROFILES

Caroline Curry Lewis
Little Rock, Arkansas
phone (501) 221-0444
800-603-5100 (Toll Free)
fax 501-221-0443

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Caroline C. Lewis is originally from Gurdon, Arkansas. Caroline obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. As an undergraduate, Caroline spent a semester abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she studied Russian. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas in 1998. Caroline enrolled in law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and obtained her law degree in 2002.

While in law school, she served as the Research Editor of the Arkansas Law Review . Caroline was also an active member of the moot court program. As a competitor, she was honored for her writing and oral advocacy skills in the intramural and National Moot Court competitions. Caroline served on the Board of Advocates as the Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition Chair. For her service to the law school and her achievements in moot court, Caroline was awarded the 2002 Outstanding Service to the Law School Award and received the 2002 Appellate Advocacy Prize.

Caroline received the Vincent W. Foster, Jr., Scholarship two years in a row. During her first interview with the scholarship selection committee, she met the Honorable William R. Wilson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, who served on the committee. Not only was she awarded the scholarship, Caroline was invited to serve Judge Wilson as his law clerk for two years after completing law school, an invitation she happily accepted. She has worked in the areas of insurance defense, including subrogation, workers’ compensation defense, complex commercial and antitrust litigation, estate planning and probate law, and the development of business entities in Arkansas. She has submitted appeals to the Full Commission of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Caroline joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm January 2009. Caroline’s primary focus is to serve the firm and its clients in any requested capacity with the ultimate goal of helping to obtain a favorable result for each client.

Caroline and her husband, Stephen, reside in Little Rock, Arkansas, with their daughter, Catherine.

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Education:

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    J.D.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1998
  • M.A.
  • Major: Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1996
  • B.A.,
  • Major: Russian and Political Science

Published Works:

  • In re Guardianship of S.H.: The Constitutionality of the Parental Presumption in Termination of (Voluntary) Guardianship Cases, ATLA Docket (Spring 2013)
  • City of Caddo Valley v. George: Stop or I’ll Sue! Police Chases and the Price Cities May Pay, 55 ARK. L. REV. 425 (2002)
  • Sample Arguments: The FDCPA’s Bona Fide Error Defense Should Be Applied to Mistakes in Interpretation of State Collections Law, 2001 ARK. L. NOTES 117 (2001)

Representative Cases:

  • In re Ballinger, 2013 WL 6383011 (Bkrtcy. E.D. Ark. 2013)
  • Austin v. Centerpoint Energy Arkla, 365 Ark. 38, 226 S.W.3d 814 (2006)
  • Automated Conveyor Systems v. Hill, 362 Ark. 215, 208 S.W.3d 136 (2005)
  • Caldwell v. TEC Corp., 423 F.3d 784 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • Cottage Cafe, Inc. v. Collette, 94 Ark. App. 72, 224 SW. 3d 27 (2006)
  • Culpepper v. Vilsack, 664 F.3d 252 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Davis v. Jefferson Hospital Association, 685 F.3d 675 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • McLeod v. Cavenaugh Ford Lincoln, LLC, WL 4402499 (E.D. Ark. 2013)
  • Pina v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 31 Ark. App. 77, 208 S.W.3d 236 (2005)
  • Swaim v. Wal-Mart Associates , 91 Ark. App. 120, 208 SW 3d 837 (2005)

Honors and Awards:

  • Arkansas Law Review Research Editor, 2001 – 2002
  • Board of Advocates Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition Chair, 2001 – 2002
  • Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Championship Team and Recipient of the Outstanding Oralist (Prize Round) Award, 2001
  • National Moot Court Competition Regional Quarterfinalist and Best Brief Award Recipient, 2001
  • Vincent Foster Scholarship Recipient, 2001
  • Vincent Foster Scholarship Recipient, 2002
  • Outstanding Service to the Law School Award, 2002
  • Appellate Advocacy Prize, 2002
  • Nominee, 2014 American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of Arkansas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention Committee Member

Past Employment Positions:

  • Roberts Law Firm, P.A., Associate, 2004 – 2007
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Law Clerk, 2002

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Brad Hendricks Among National Trial Lawyers Top 100

November 11, 2013

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Brad Hendricks has been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association. He’s also a member of the Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association and the Business Tort Trial Lawyers Association. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization of America’s top trial lawyers. Membership in the organization is by invitation only and is extended to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state or major geographical area. The National Trial Lawyers has evaluated Mr. Hendricks’ qualifications and extended an exclusive invitation to him based on his performance as an exceptional trial lawyer in the practice area of Civil Plaintiff law.


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MAYFLOWER, AR, EXXONMOBIL PEGASUS PIPELINE OIL SPILL

April 3, 2013

On March 29, 2013, residents of 22 homes in a subdivision in Mayflower were evacuated after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from the Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Pegasus pipeline running through the area.  What caused the 20-inch pipeline carrying Wabasca Heavy Crude from Western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast to burst remains a mystery as of April 3, 2013, but the company has apologized for the “inconvenience” to those displaced by the disaster on Good Friday leading into to the Easter weekend.  The pipeline was built in the 1940s.

The (estimated) 12,000-barrel spill has been classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a “major spill.”  One barrel holds 42 gallons.

Although residents have been advised to expect evacuations of less than two weeks, the reality is that the effects of the Mayflower Oil Spill will reverberate through the community for much longer.  Residents have already expressed fears that the spill will have a long-term impact on property values.  Time will tell whether Lake Conway, located near the spill, was contaminated, but there have been reports of oil-soaked birds, including ducks, in the area.

Some residents have indicated that they did not even know the pipeline ran through their neighborhood.  At a town meeting held following the disaster, residents unsatisfied with the oil company’s response to questions were angry.

ExxonMobil has promised to compensate families who have been damaged by the spill; The Brad Hendricks Law Firm is here to make sure they do, too.

After an oil spill, cleanup and removal of the contamination is an obvious priority; however, there are many issues which need to be dealt with in a Oil Spill case.  Those affected by an oil spill may be entitled to:

• Damages for any health effects that may result from this spill. A number of people have reported respiratory problems already.

• Damages if the value of your property has been reduced because of the contamination. This information has to be reported by Sellers and Buyers may be unwilling to purchase your property in the future, and will be unlikely to pay fair value. It is likely that your property has suffered a loss of value.

• Damages for the inconvenience and concern caused by this spill.

• Punitive damages may also be available.

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm invites those affected by the Mayflower pipeline oil spill disaster to contact our firm to discuss these issues.  Our attorneys, paralegals, and staff stand prepared to help, but The Brad Hendricks Law Firm also pledges its financial resources to stand against ExxonMobil to right this wrong.  If The Brad Hendricks Law Firm does not win, our clients will owe us nothing.

Our firm offers representation to those who do not want to be part of a class action lawsuit, but who want the individualized representation necessary to address their specific damages.  If you or a loved one has been harmed by the ExxonMobil Mayflower Pipeline Oil Spill, and you want an attorney who will fight for you, call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today toll free, at (800) 603-5100.


What Debt Collectors Will Not Say, but the Debtor Should Know

March 4, 2013

MP900387492 In recent years, as America’s economy has floundered, many people have found themselves considering bankruptcy.  A unifying theme that recurs in almost every consultation with a prospective client includes tales of the incessant calls made by bill collectors.  Those calls can make an overwhelming time seem unbearable.

In 2011, Reader’s Digest magazine published an article entitled “13 Things a Debt Collector Won’t Tell You.”  Michelle Crouch, the author, summarized a behind-the-scenes perspective of the debt collection industry offered by debt collectors and former debt collection agency employees, which we at The Brad Hendricks Law Firm believe includes some truly candid insights to keep in mind if you or a loved one falls into difficult financial times and are being hounded by debt collectors:

  1. The more money the collector is able to collect, the larger his or her bonus check will be.
  2. Debt collectors may hound you for the full amount of your debt, but most collectors are, in fact, authorized to settle on a reduced rate that may be 15 to 35 percent lower than the total debt.
  3. Often, collection calls come from debt collection companies that have purchased large debt portfolios from original merchants or credit card companies for pennies on the dollar.  What they may later collect from you is simply icing on the cake.  More importantly, though, the fact that the portfolios are purchased for so little by the debt collector means that many of them are willing to accept a reduced amount to settle your debt in full.
  4. Debt collectors will not voluntarily inform you that the statute of limitations associated with the debt may have already expired.  It is important to avoid making any promise to the caller until that information is known.  We have seen cases in which debt collectors have called trying to solicit payments on debts that are between 15 to 20 years old.  The statute of limitations in Arkansas for the typical credit card debt is 5 years.  Any promise to the creditor to pay even a reduced payment may revive the debt so that the statute of limitations no longer bars collection.  Be aware of this, and it could be your greatest defense against a debt collector.  The statute of limitations for most debts, under Arkansas law, ranges from two to five years.
  5. Debt collectors are not allowed to call you at work.  Ever.  If they call after you have asked them to stop, you may have a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  You may be able to recover your damages, attorney’s fees, and costs from the collector.  Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for a claim under the FDCPA is one year from the alleged violation of the Act by a collector.
  6. Debt collectors will not tell you that the FDCPA also prohibits them from threatening to have you arrested, using profanity, or calling between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Dealing with debt that has gone into collections can create massive amounts of stress for a debtor and the debtor’s family.  Much of the stress comes from a general lack of knowledge of how the debt collection process works and the laws governing debt collection. 

If you or a loved one has been repeatedly contacted by debt collectors, we have included some things for you to keep in mind when dealing with the collector.  If negotiating with the creditor fails, you may have other options.  Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our Bankruptcy Department, led by Lyndsey Dilks, to discuss those options and whether you might be protected under the law.

Lyndsey Dilks joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm in 2008 and was specifically recruited to create and develop the firm’s Bankruptcy Department.  Lyndsey has been named as one of the Best Bankruptcy Attorneys in Little Rock by Soirée Magazine.  Her practice is devoted exclusively to Bankruptcy matters.  Caroline Lewis joined the firm in 2009 and has assisted the Bankruptcy Department in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases since 2011. 


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