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Reflections on 3 Decades in Law

Growing up in the South, I know what it means to be a man of my word and just how much that word can mean to the people in your life. I like to think that I’ve taken that mentality of trust and honor and put it into everything I do, both in and out of the courtroom.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 30 years since I started practicing as an attorney, but looking back at all the satisfied clients I’ve been fortunate enough to help puts the years in a clearer perspective. Through those countless smiles and handshakes and hugs, I am able to see my life’s work in action. I couldn’t be prouder. I look forward to more of those smiles, handshakes, and hugs, and giving back to the community that I’m proud to call home. 

My journey in law wasn’t always set in stone.

Growing up in Garland, Texas, I lived the all-American life, at least from outside perspectives. I spent my days playing football and racing motocross and eventually set my sights on a different kind of devotion: My family and I decided that I would pursue a career as a preacher. Life in the church was all but certain after my upbringing, and I was excited to begin my journey by studying theology at Harding University.

Toward the end of my education, I began to switch gears. I wanted to be something for myself and while life as a pastor was what I’d wanted a few years before, I knew that if I had even a sliver of doubt, then I couldn’t take that pledge in good conscience. I went from the church to pursuing a career as a football coach to selling real estate before I finally found myself at the University of Mississippi studying law. 

Life’s too short not to explore your options.

Out of sheer curiosity and an innate desire to help people, I ended up interested in the legal system, and after a short while of studying my newfound passion, I knew that I had found a career I could take pride in. Among other things, I always knew I wanted to work with families and those who needed me most, and law fit the bill perfectly. So I was excited to see my hard work culminate in me entering the private sector in 1990. By the end of ‘91, I was brought on to work with the Prosecuting Attorney in Conway, Arkansas. Then, as fate would have it, I worked my way up to opening the practice that I still run to this day. 

Our location has changed a few times, and we’ve seen some growth and staff expansions over the past three decades, but our goals here at Marcus Vaden Law have remained steadfast. When I started out at my firm, it was just me. My palatial estate consisted of a one-room office with only a typewriter in front of me to keep me company, all while I moonlighted as my own secretary. I’ve been lucky enough to see my firm grow to the point where we have five secretaries today—and luckily we left the typewriters back in the 90s. 

No matter how far we’ve come, I’m proud to have kept that same code of honor that I grew up with. When I take on a client, I aim to shoot them straight and get them the representation and recognition they deserve. By narrowing our scope and focusing only on areas where we truly excel, I’ve been able to deliver a level of service that has won me the recognition of being named one of the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Arkansas by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

We’d be happy to pass on those services to you.

Whether it’s personal injury, insurance claims, business litigation, or a number of other practice areas, we’d be happy to take a look at your case and point you in the direction you deserve. To get started today, give us a call at (501) 329-8723 or visit us any time at marcusvadenlaw.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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