Mr. Elliott was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1978. He is also admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts of Arkansas, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. He received his education from Ouachita Baptist University (B.A., cum laude, 1975) where he was a four year letterman on the Tiger football team; and University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville (J.D., 1978). He was the Research Editor of the Arkansas Law Review for 1978. He also became a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive), Arkansas, 1980. Don Elliott also served in the Arkansas National Guard from 1975-1981 and attained the rank of Captain.
Mr. Elliott is a founding partner of the Elliott and Smith law Firm, where he handles personal injury cases involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailer collisions, motor vehicle collisions, motorcycle collisions, nursing home neglect, injuries arising from defective products, as well as a multitude of other personal injury claims. Before starting the Elliott and Smith Law Firm with partner Tim Smith in September of 2006, Mr. Elliott was a partner at the Odom and Elliott Law Firm located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for 24 years.
He served as a Special Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1994. He was also on the Arkansas Model Jury Instructions Committee-Civil in 2000-2006. He served as President of the Washington County Bar Association in 1991-1992, and served in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates 1987-1990; Executive Council, 1990-1991, and Board of Governors 2014-2016.
Don Elliott was President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Associates in 2013-2014. He also served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors in 1993-1996; 2000-2001 and 2008-2013. He was voted Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Arkansas Trial Lawyer Association for 2010.
He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); American Inns of Court (Emeritus; President, 2004-2005). Fellow: Arkansas Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 2005-2011). Mr. Elliott was named a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2008-2018. He also teaches as an Adjunct Law Instructor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Law School 2013-2018 on the subject of depositions.
Adjunct Instructor at the University of Arkansas Law School. Course taught: Depositions 2013 – 2015
Speaker- Connecting with The Jury, ATLA Encore, June 24, 2010
Speaker – Demonstrative Evidence, Western Arkansas Trial Practice, September 17, 2010
Speaker – Trial Presentation of Evidence, ATLA Encore, June 24, 2011
Speaker – Opening Statement: Plaintiff Prospective, Annual Arkansas Bar Meeting, June 8, 2012
Speaker – Opening Statement, Western Arkansas Trial Seminar, October 5, 2012
Emeritus, American Inn of Court
Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation
Named Outstanding Trial Lawyer in 2010 by ATLA
Arkansas Model Jury Instruction Committee – Civil 2000-2006
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect 2012
ABOTA American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 2007 – Present
AAJ – American Association for Justice
1991-1992 President of Washington County Bar Association
2004-2005 President of Inn of the Court,
APITLA – The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Niblock and Odom, Associate, 1978 – 1982
Odom and Elliott, Partner, 1982 – 2006
Former President, Northwest Arkansas Legal Services, 1995 – 1996
CPA – Certified Public Accountant – Inactive