Ray Baxter founded this firm in 1978. Mr. Baxter was born on August 12, 1952 in Lake Village, Arkansas, and grew up in nearby Eudora.
Mr. Baxter graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana College in 1974, earning a Bachelor’s in History and Speech with a minor in English. Mr. Baxter entered law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in the fall of the same year. For economic reasons, Mr. Baxter transferred to the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. Mr. Baxter held a full time job as an insurance adjustor for USF&G while attending law school at night. He graduated from UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in December of 1977, and was admitted to practice law in February of the next year.
Mr. Baxter chose Benton as his home and place of business and entered into private practice in May of 1978, and he has never been sorry. He is proud to have called Benton home for the last 37 years and as has consistently served Saline County and its residents during those years. Mr. Baxter served as Saline County Juvenile Judge from 1978 to 1982, as the Secretary and later Chair of the Saline County Democratic Party from 1980-1992, and on the Benton City Council from 1995-1998. He was twice, by two different Governors, appointed Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court (Clinton-1991, Tucker-1993).
Mr. Baxter has handled just about every kind of case involving legal matters, with only a few exceptions, across the State of Arkansas. Likewise, he has tried a number of cases in Saline County, as well as other areas of the state, with one of his cases setting the record as the largest single plaintiff recovery in the history of Arkansas at the time, totaling $7.6 million. The case was later affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. (Ford Motor Company v. Dean Estes Massey, 1993)
Mr. Baxter has always maintained an active and successful appellate practice. Mr. Baxter’s career has centered on his clients. He is not afraid to take a case all the way to the jury if necessary. Besides helping his client’s in their time of need, taking cases to trial is what he loves the most about practicing law.
J.R. is a 2014 suma cum laude graduate of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas where he majored in Political Science and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
J.R. then attended the University of Arkansas School of law where he graduated second in his class of 116 in May of 2017. While in law school, J.R. won the 2015 William H. Sutton Barrister's Union Trial Competition and the 2016 Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court competition.
Now J.R. focuses his practice on all aspects of complex civil litigation. He has a great passion for helping his clients through the litigation and appellate process and zealously advocating on their behalf.
When he is not advocating for his clients, J.R. enjoys cooking and spending time with his Golden Retriever, Jackie-O.
Bobby McCallister was born in Benton, Arkansas in 1964. He graduated in 1983 from Benton High School with honors and went on to the University of Central Arkansas where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree while competing on the two time National Champion Bears football team where h was a four year Letterman. He graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1991 and received honors for top graded in Legal Methods and Trial Advocacy. He was also a member of the Moot Court Board.
Bobby began practicing law in Benton in 1991 and has served as a deputy prosecutor, circuit judge, city judge, administrative law judge, and as a member of the Benton School Board during his career. Bobby has had multiple civil and criminal jury trials and represented a wide array of business and individual clients including litigation involving school districts, products liability, motor vehicle injury, and construction, along with other types of cases. Bobby’s criminal practice experience includes felony, misdemeanor and juvenile court. He also has a great deal of experience in appellate work which has included civil, criminal and administrative law