Chris Averitt

Chris Averitt
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Chris Averitt

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Background

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. Averitt 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. He primarily practices in the areas of civil litigation, and other areas of practice include:
 
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
In his first two years in practice, Chris was an associate in the litigation section of Friday, Eldridge & 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 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.
 
Averitt is married to Catherine Averitt. They have two children, Graham and Caroline who both attend Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Chris is active in church and is also an ordained minister. His 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. He has two sisters who also live in Northwest Arkansas.

Education & Bar Admission

Averitt 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. For example, Chris was lead counsel in Brenda McGuinnis v. Advance America, which was appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court and which settled for $10,950,000.00. 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 is also often invited to give lectures on various legal issues to both lawyers and law students.

Awards & Honors

Chris has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by LexisNexismartindale-Hubbell. 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.