Janet L. Pulliam

Janet L. Pulliam has thirty-eight years of experience representing both public and private clients in litigation in the areas of health law, commercial litigation, employment and labor, education, and civil rights. In addition, she served a stint as in-house general counsel for The Arkansas Gazette, a paper of statewide circulation.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Janet was peer selected as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Employment and Labor Litigation as published by Best Lawyers of America. Ms. Pulliam is listed in Chambers USA, in Best Lawyers in America, in Mid-South Super Lawyers, is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, and is a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

In August 2017, Pulliam was selected by the American Bar Association to be one of a small group of delegates of Health Law Section to study health care in Cuba. In March of 2018, this delegation will travel to Cuba and work with the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the Union of Cuban Jurists.

In addition to litigation and advocacy, Pulliam counsels and advises her clients which include medical providers, hospitals, schools, and large and small corporations on the best practices to avoid litigation. She conducts internal investigations, negotiates, drafts and reviews employment contracts and separation agreements for physicians and highly compensated employees, and represents physicians in peer review proceedings.

Chambers reports that, since 2004, her client base has increasingly been dominated by the health care industry, where Chambers reports “she is applauded for her management skills” (2008). Pulliam is most proud that Chambers reports she is a “seasoned employment attorney that is straight forward, no-nonsense, who is lauded for her honest and unvarnished advice.”

Ms. Pulliam is certified by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) for mediation in the healthcare industry, certified by Northwestern University for mediation and conflict resolution, and certified by the Arkansas ADR Commission. In addition to mediation, Pulliam has served as a hearing officer in Peer Review Hearings.

From 2006 to the present, she has held a leadership position in the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, including Chair of the ABA’s Breast Cancer Task Force and Vice Chair of the Section’s Employee Benefits and Highly Compensated Employees Task Force.

Appointed by Governor to serve as Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. 1998.
Appointed by U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, to act as legal assistant in the remedy phase of the Rockford, IL. school desegregation case serving from 1996 – 2002.
Invitation from Chief Judge U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, to serve as member of Federal Practice Committee.
Member – Institutional Review Board, Arkansas Heart Hospital (Med Cath, Inc.)

Charter Board Member – Planned Parenthood
State Chair – Arkansas Women’s Political Caucus (1983 – 1989)
Legislative Award from Arkansas Women’s Political Caucus for drafting litigation – 1998

United States Supreme Court
Arkansas Supreme Court Bar No. 79233
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth, Seventh, and Sixth Circuits
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee