Chad W. Pekron
Mr. Pekron’s practice is primarily devoted to complex business, tort, and class action litigation. Mr. Pekron is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation by Super Lawyers, and a Future Star in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. He has represented companies and individuals in cases throughout the nation involving class actions, breach of contract, oil and gas law, consumer fraud, products liability, professional liability, and real estate litigation. He has significant experience in representing accounting firms, law firms, publicly-traded companies, and corporate officers and directors in regulatory matters, professional malpractice actions, and internal investigations.
Some of the cases in which Mr. Pekron has recently been involved include the following:
- Defended a major retail chain in defending a class action raising claims under the Arkansas Price Discrimination Act, obtaining dismissal of the complaint in a matter of first impression and affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
- Defended a major natural resources company in defeating class certification and prevailing at trial against claims seeking to invalidate gas leases in the Fayetteville Shale.
- Defended a member of a limited liability company in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by his partner, obtaining judgment as a matter of law following a two-week jury trial.
- Defended a wood product company in defending a products liability claim where the plaintiff was seeking more than $45 million in damages, obtaining an award of summary judgment that was upheld by the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
- Defended national ticketing company and local event venue against class action over ticketing fees, resulting in dismissal in favor of clients.
- Represented store owner in breach of contract action against shopping mall owner, obtaining summary judgment invalidating the operating agreement for the mall.
- Represented a manufacturer involved in a dispute with its software developer over ownership of the software.
- Advised the United States Department of the Treasury in recoupment actions to recover embezzled TARP funds.
- Represented landowner against Arkansas Department of Transportation in condemnation action involving multi-million dollar shopping mall.
- Represented landowner against United States Army Corps of Engineers in lawsuit to obtain specific performance of project agreement.
- Defended accounting firms in various malpractice actions brought by former clients.
- Defended food manufacturer in product labeling action, obtaining voluntary dismissal after class certification hearing.
- Defended angel investor in company against breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims brought by founder of company.
- Defended cellular telephone manufacturer in product liability case, resulting in summary judgment for the manufacturer.
- Defended subcontractor in litigation over explosion at chemical manufacturing facility, resulting in summary judgment for the client.
Mr. Pekron maintains an active government relations practice, representing clients with legislative, regulatory, or administrative needs in the state of Arkansas. As part of this practice, Mr. Pekron also routinely represents clients before various state administrative agencies and boards of professional conduct.
Mr. Pekron also has an active appellate practice and has appeared in numerous state and federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Illinois, the New York Court of Appeals, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits. He has argued cases before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. He has also been responsible for petitions for certiorari and amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and many federal appellate courts. Mr. Pekron has twice been appointed to serve as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court (2017 and 2019).
Mr. Pekron received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. His work has been published in the Hamline Law Review. Mr. Pekron has been appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Education.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Pekron clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During his clerkship, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He then worked as an associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin LLP before returning to Arkansas.
Mr. Pekron is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the states of Illinois and Arkansas.
Yale Law School (J.D., 2000)
University of Nebraska (B.A., with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997)
Associations and Affiliations
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, William R. Overton Inn of Court, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
Arkansas State Board of Education (2019-2026)
Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates (2012-2018)
Arkansas Bar Association Governance Committee (2015-2017)
Arkansas Bar Association Jurisprudence and Law Reform Committee (2015-2017; Chair 2016-2017)
Arkansas Bar Association Legislation Committee (2016-2017)
United States Election Assistance Commission Standards Board (2015-2017)
Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners (2013-2017)
Arkansas Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2013
The Professional Student-Athlete: Undermining Amateurism as an Antitrust Defense in NCAA Compensation Challenges, 24 HAMLINE L. REV. 24 (2000)