Larry W. Burks
Larry W. Burks is the principal neutral for Burks ADR, LLC. Mr. Burks began his legal career with the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). After the SEC, Mr. Burks practiced law with Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock, Arkansas, for thirty-seven years before entering his current career with Burks ADR, LLC.
Mr. Burks received mediator training from Lipscomb University, Institute of Conflict Management, in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, Mr. Burks has received advance training in dispute resolution and conflict management from the American Bar Association and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Burks is certified by the Arkansas Supreme Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission as a civil and probate mediator.
Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a degree in accounting, Mr. Burks served on active duty with the United States Army commanding an air defense artillery battery (missiles).
Mr. Burks’ SEC career as a trial attorney presented unique experiences involving the Securities Investor Protection Act; procedures for gathering evidence during civil proceedings for possible use in later criminal proceedings; the use of the equity powers of the SEC; examination of corporate and financial activities of businesses, banks, insurance companies and trust companies; and the investigation and prosecution of participants in the municipal bond industry.
During his tenure with Friday, Eldredge & Clark, Mr. Burks’ diverse work involved corporate and individual clients, class actions, business torts, contracts, regulatory matters and advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants. Some of this diversity is reflected in the Practice Areas.
Mr. Burks has long been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (a peer review system: an AV rating means he is ranked by other lawyers at “the highest level of professional excellence”).
Larry Burks is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States Districts Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Supreme Court. He has also practiced in other Federal and State courts throughout the United States, on a pro hac vice basis.
Mr. Burks is a long-standing member of the American Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Association. He is currently a member of the American Bar Dispute Resolution Committee and Sections of Business Law and International Law and the Arkansas Bar ADR Section.
Larry Burks is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), in recognition of excellence in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).