Jess Askew III: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Jess Askew III

Of Counsel
Little Rock,  AR  U.S.A.
Phone(501) 975-3141

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Charter Schools
  • Public Schools
University Harvard University, A.B., with honors, 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1986 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
Admitted1986, Arkansas; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships and Affiliations

• American Bar Association
• Arkansas Bar Association
• Media Law Resource Center

Other Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Law, Communications Law, Media Law, First Amendment Law and Commercial Litigation
Chambers USA Leader in General Commercial Litigation
Mid-South Super Lawyers list: Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation

Government Service

Law clerk for two years for Richard Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Community Involvement

• Chairman of the Board of eSTEM Public Charter Schools, Inc., which supports the eSTEM Public Charter Schools in downtown Little Rock
• Member, Board of Directors of Arkansas Virtual Academy
• Various civic and non-profit groups


Mr. Askew practices in the areas of business and class action litigation and constitutional, education, media and appellate law.

Recent Notable Work:

Teague v. Cooper, 720 F.3d 973 (8th Cir. 2013), involving constitutional challenge to race limitation in public school interdistrict transfer statute where the statute was struck down at the trial level and the appeal was mooted by new legislation creating significantly broader transfer rights.
Dorsett v. Buffington, 2013 Ark. 345, striking prejudgment interest from judgment.
•Pending constitutional challenge to public school district's refusal to comply with Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013.
•Representation of open-enrollment public charter schools in Pulaski County in long-running Pulaski County School Desegregation Case.
Bedell v. Williams, 2012 Ark. 75, 386 S.W.3d 493, reversing and dismissing seven-figure personal judgment against an individual on a novel legal theory in nursing home litigation.
Pinnacle Point Properties, LLC v. Metropolitan National Bank, 2012 Ark. App. 268, affirming state's largest single foreclosure judgment in favor of client bank.
•Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of state-court putative class action in Miller County, Arkansas alleging deceptive trade practice claims against world's largest retailer.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. Phillips County Circuit Court, 2011 Ark. 183, 381 S.W.3d 67, granting extraordinary writ to protect trade secrets in discovery dispute.
Ernst & Young LLP v. Reid, 2010 Ark. 255, reversing seven-figure jury verdict against client and dismissing the complaint.
Arkansas Blue Cross v. Little Rock Cardiology Clinic, 551 F.3d 812 (2009), dealing with federal ancillary jurisdiction in a health care case.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette v. Pulaski County District Court, 375 Ark. 310, 289 S.W.3d 901 (2008), establishing the availability of a writ of certiorari from a circuit court to an inferior court under Amendment 80 to the Arkansas Constitution.
Cox v. Daniels, 374 Ark. 437, 288 S.W.3d 591 (2008), rejecting a ballot-title challenge to the Arkansas College Scholarship Lottery Amendment under Amendment 7 to the Arkansas Constitution.


August 18, 2014 2015 Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 56 Kutak Rock Attorneys
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 56 of its attorneys are included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication.

May 23, 2014 Kutak Rock Recognized by Chambers USA
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce its Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska offices and attorneys are honored in the 2014 Chambers USA guide to the best law firms and lawyers.


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Office Information

Jess Askew III

124 West Capitol Avenue
Little RockAR 72201-3706


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