Robert Bridewell, of Lake Village, has been named 2018 Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.

The award was presented at the 55th Annual Convention in Eureka Springs on April 27. It is presented to an attorney dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and the civil justice system, according to a news release from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.

Bridewell, pictured above right, was selected for this award due to his unwavering commitment to protecting the most grievously injured and vulnerable Arkansans. In addition to his efforts at securing justice for his clients, Bridwell has exhibited a tireless effort at protecting the 7th Amendment, the right to a civil jury trial, for all Arkansans.

Bridewell has successfully argued cases before the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Eight Circuit and Eleventh Circuit US Court of Appeals. He is a former deputy prosecuting attorney and has an active criminal defense case load in state and federal courts. He served on ATLA’s Board of Governors for 15 years. He is a member of ATLA, the South East Arkansas Legal Institute, Arkansas Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, Southern Trial Lawyers and Arkansas Criminal Defense Association.

Bridewell is an asset to his community stepping up to plate to help any friend in need. He is a former medic with the 216th Medical Company of the Arkansas National Guard and a former member of the Washington School Board. He is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides pro bono work throughout Southeast Arkansas. He is a true advocate, in 1993 he even appeared on the Maury Povich Show with one of his clients. He says he is honored to live and practice in Arkansas with many of the best trial lawyers in the country.

Founded in 1963, The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) is a statewide association of approx. 1,000 attorneys from all 75 counties that was established to protect the people of Arkansas’s constitutional right to a trial by jury. ATLA supports its mission through advocacy, communications, and continuing legal education.