Thomas E. Robertson

Thomas E. Robertson

Of Counsel

Thomas E. Robertson began his practice with the firm following his graduation from law school in 1969. His areas of practice include bankruptcy law, for both creditors and debtors, as well as commercial and business law, real estate and probate law, and civil litigation.

Until recently, he held the position as the longest-serving trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Arkansas, having served in that regard since 1979.  During his tenure as trustee, Tom was appointed to administer numerous, complex cases.  In this position, he served as trustee of Farmers Co-op of Arkansas and Oklahoma, Inc., and filed a lawsuit against over fifty defendants, resulting in settlements and verdicts of over $9 million, after a trial in the United States District Court, several appeals to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and two appeals to the United States Supreme Court.  See Reves v. Ernst & Young, 502 U.S. 1090, 112 S. Ct. 1159, 117 L. Ed 2d 407; Reves v. Ernst & Young, 407 U.S. 170, 113 S. Ct. 1163, 122 L. Ed. 2d 525.

In AIG Centennial Ins. Co. v. Fraley-Landers, 450 F. 3d 761, Tom successfully prosecuted a declaratory action on behalf of the carrier through the federal appellate level, in a matter involving complex coverage issues of notice and condition precedent.

Tom has served as President of the Sebastian County Bar Association, and on the boards of numerous civic and community organizations.  He and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters and eight grandchildren.  Nancy, a retired teacher in the Fort Smith Public School System, is an avid rose grower, while Tom is an even more avid fly fisherman.


University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1969)
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (B.S.B.A., 1966)

Admitted to Practice

Arkansas (1969)
United States District Courts of Arkansas (1969)
United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1969)
United States Supreme Court (1982)

Associations and Affiliations

Arkansas Bar Association
Sebastian County Bar Association
Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas

“AV® Preeminent™” Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rating (highest rated)

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