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Chris Averitt

Chris Averitt
Originally from Little Rock, Chris graduated from Hall High School In 1991. In 1995, he graduated from Hendrix College, where he earned a B.A. cum laude in economics and government with distinction. Chris later attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he graduated third in his class and earned a J.D. summa cum laude in 1998.  He also served as the executive editor of the Arkansas Law Review; was a member of the board of advocates, and served as a member of the university’s national moot court team, which advanced to the national finals in New York.
In his first two years of practice, Chris was an associate in the litigation section of Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2000, he moved to Jonesboro and practiced with the law firm of Orr, Scholtens, Willhite & Averitt, PLC, which was located at 113 East Jackson Avenue in Jonesboro. In 2007, Chris and Jay purchased the office from their law partners and formed Scholtens & Averitt, PLC at the same location.  In December of 2016, Chris and Jay purchased their current office located at 600 South Main Street. Chris and Jay currently lease their original location to another company. 
Chris primarily practices in the areas of civil litigation. His areas of practice include Social Security disability, personal injury, product liability, commercial litigation and class action litigation. Chris represents both plaintiffs and defendants in his civil practice. He has been licensed to practice law in Arkansas State Courts since 1998.  He is also licensed in the United States District Court for the eastern and western districts of Arkansas, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and in the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Chris has been lead or associate counsel on numerous cases wherein his clients were awarded in excess of one million dollars. Chris has also presented oral arguments before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Chris is a member of the Craighead County Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers’ Association. Chris has also been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court to serve on the Arkansas Committee on Model Jury Instructions.
Chris has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Preeminent rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer-review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal resource. It represents the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

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    Averitt Family
    Chris is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and has met the standard of excellence for selection as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in Arkansas. He is also a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
    Chris is married to Catherine Averitt. Chris and Catherine have a son, Graham Averitt, and a daughter, Caroline Averitt.
    Chris is active in church and previously founded a local apartment church. Chris also leads a weekly Bible study for men in the office of Scholtens & Averitt.
    Chris’ parents live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where his father is a retired minister of the United Methodist Church , and his mother is a retired school teacher. Chris has two sisters who also live in northwest Arkansas.

    Practice Areas

    • Wrongful Death
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Car Accident
    • Social Security
    • Bankruptcy
    • Nursing Home Abuse
    • Appeals
    • Personal Injury
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Boating Accidents
    • Dog Bites
    • Head and Spinal Injuries
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Nursing Home Litigation
    • Railroad Accidents
    • Paternity
    • Premarital Agreements
    • Spousal Support
    • Visitation Rights
    • Criminal Law
    • DUI/DWI
    • Juvenile Law
    • Misdemeanors


    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
    • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2012
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association    2010
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
    • Presidential Scholar Award University of Arkansas, 1998

    Speaking Engagements

    Conference name Title Date
    Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation
    Best Practices
    As Judges See It 2015
    Best Practices Evidence And Expert Testimony 2011
    From Start to Finish Personal Injury Litigation In Arkansas 2010
    Today's Trends & Strategies for Success Class Action Update 2009
    Professional Excellence
    You deserve to be represented by an “AV rated” attorney. Let us file your claim from the beginning, handle your paperwork, submit medical records and stand with you before the judge. There is no fee unless you are successful.
    Over $63,000,000.00 in judgments, settlements and claims and approximately $10,000,000.00 in back pay recovered for Social Security clients.