Attorneys in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Phone: 479-782-8813

Nathan L. Mendenhall

Nathan Mendenhall is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas where he attended elementary, junior high and high school.  Nathan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Westminster College (MO) and a Master of Science Degree from Southeast Missouri State University where he was awarded the Certificate of Academic Distinction.  He graduated with highest honors from The University of Tulsa College of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor Degree and Native American Law Certificate and was named a member of the Order of the Curule Chair.

Prior to admission to the bar, Nathan interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (New York City).  Nathan also served as a tribal judicial intern at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court where he assisted in drafting the trial court opinion in The Muscogee (Creek) National Council v. A.D. Ellis, in his capacity as the Principal Chief, CV-2009-34, interpreting the constitutional roles of the executive and legislative branch under the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Constitution.

Nathan is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and spent his first five years of practice litigating in the courts of the greater New York City region where he represented the nation’s largest banking institution in financial services-related matters.  Nathan was named Nassau County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Month in January of 2015, prior to his move back to Arkansas.

Nathan is also admitted to practice law in Arkansas and in the Choctaw Nation Tribal Court and joined Roberston, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC in 2017 as an associate involved primarily in general civil litigation practice, including insurance defense, family law, probate and estate matters, real property, contracts and other transactional work, labor and employment law.

Nathan, his wife Jessica, daughter Stella Jane, labradoodle Goose and tabby cat Kenya live in Fort Smith and enjoy spending their time with family and friends.  Nathan is dedicated to his clients and is a responsive, attentive and industrious advocate and counselor working to bring about meaningful resolutions through determined negotiation and litigation.


Westminster College (MO) (B.A., 2002)
Southeast Missouri State University (M.S., 2006)
The University of Tulsa College of Law (Juris Doctor, 2009)

Admitted to Practice

New York (2012)
New Jersey (2015)
Arkansas (2018)
United States District Courts of Arkansas (2018)
Choctaw Tribal Court (2018)

Associations and Affiliations

Queens County Bar Association
Kings County Bar Association
Sebastian County Bar Association

Direct Phone: (479) 242-9223

Nathan L. Mendenhall
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