Insurance Defense Specialists

Committed to Excellence

Using their combined experience, the attorneys at Smith, WIlliams, Hughes, & Meeks LLP have handled, tried, arbitrated and/or mediated thousands of Insurance Defense cases in Arkansas.

Over 100 Years of Experience

The partners at Smith, Williams, Hughes, and Meeks LLP have over 100 years of combined experience. Together they have handled thousands of cases and have won numerous awards for their service to their clients. They have consistently shown their ability to create strong relationships and even stronger representation for each of their clients. Below you can learn more about each of the partners at Smith, Williams, Hughes, and Meeks LLP.

Richard A. Smith

Partner

Richard began his practice aiding the Arkansas Attorney General in a suit involving the Arkansas State Police and records from all of the counties in Arkansas. In the spring of 1996 he began a judicial clerkship at the trial court level working under Circuit Judge John Ward. In July 1999, Richard entered private practice at the Barber Law Firm, where he practiced in the area of insurance defense for almost 5 years and then moved his practice to Kilpatrick, Williams & Meeks, a predecessor to Smith, Williams, Hughes & Meeks, becoming a partner in 2011 following the retirement of Joe E. Kilpatrick, Jr., a founder of the firm.

Attorney Bio

Aylmer Gene Williams

Partner

In 1997, Gene and two other partners formed another law firm, Kilpatrick, Aud and Williams. Over the succeeding years the firm personnel changed to its current incarnation as Smith, Williams, Hughes & Meeks LLP. Gene’s areas of practice include automobile liability defense, workers compensation defense, premises liability defense, construction accident defense, products liability defense, and insurance coverage litigation.
Attorney Bio

Karen J. Hughes

Partner

Karen J. Hughes started law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1986. While still in law school, Karen was hired as a law clerk at Laser Law Firm. She graduated from law school in 1989, and was hired full-time at Laser Law Firm, where she focused on insurance defense and litigation.  Karen continued her practice there until she joined several of its former partners at Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A. in 2004. In the summer of 2013 she joined Smith, Williams & Meeks, LLP. In the summer of 2018 she became a partner in the, now, Smith, Williams, Hughes & Meeks, LLP.
Attorney Bio

W. Russell Meeks

Of Counsel

Russ graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, B.S.B.A., with emphasis in finance, and graduated with honors in 1971. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, United States Army, in 1971, assigned to the Adjutant General branch, and received an initial deferment to attend law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Upon obtaining his juris doctorate degree in 1974 and began his private practice. Russ left private practice for a short time in 1979-1980, and served as Deputy Attorney General, Chief Deputy of the Trial Division in the Attorney General’s office. He returned to the private practice of law in 1980 and joined forces with Gene Williams and Joe Kilpatrick in 2000, forming the basis for the current firm. He currently serves as President, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Traveler’s.
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Office Staff

Kerry Jones

Office Manager/Paralegal

Administrative Staff

Michelle Smith, Georgia Childers, Brooke Jarrett, Kerry Jones

Smith, Williams, Hughes, & Meeks, LLP is located in Little Rock, AR, but maintains a statewide practice, serving clients in all counties throughout the state of Arkansas.

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