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DEBBY LINTON FERGUSON

Debby Linton Ferguson

2800 Cantrell Road
Suite 500
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501.375.1122
Fax: 501.375.1027
Direct Dial: 501.707.5533

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Current Position and Duties within the Firm: Of Counsel

Admissions: 2001, Arkansas; 2001 U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment Law, Civil Rights Law, Toxic Substances Litigation, Corporate Law, Collections Law, Securities Law, Government and Municipal Law and Commercial Litigation.

Clients Represented: Alltel Communications, Inc.; American Standard, Inc.; Crain Chevrolet, L.L.C.; Civitan Services, Inc.; Crews and Associates, Inc.; First Security Bank; City of Bryant; City of Cabot and North Little Rock School District.

Legal Associations/Professional Memberships: Arkansas Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section), American Bar Association (Sections on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation) and Pulaski County Bar Association.

Education: University of Central Arkansas, B.S. magna cum laude 1994; University of Central Arkansas, M.S., School Psychology, 1997 and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D., 2001.

Accomplishments/Awards: Graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXI, Junior League of Little Rock Provisional Member of the Year for 2007-2008 and Certified School Psychology Specialist 1997 (inactive).

Club or Civic Memberships/Community Involvement: Member of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Little Rock, Member of the Junior League of Little Rock, Member and Advisory Committee Member for the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatics Center, and Member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the Immanuel Baptist Church Choir.

Publications: Thomas M. Carpenter and Debby A. Linton; IMLA 2004 Mid-Year Seminar Paper: I've Got Your Number: Constitutional Privacy Rights and Personnel Records of Uniformed Officers.

Biography:

Debby Ferguson was born in Russellville, Arkansas. Ms. Ferguson was salutatorian of the Dover High School class of 1990 and was a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist and a University Scholar.

At the University of Central Arkansas, Ms. Ferguson was a member of Alpha Chi, member and corresponding secretary of Gamma Beta Phi, Little Sister to the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and member and Vice-chairman of the Baptist Student Union. Ms. Ferguson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 with a major in Psychology and a minor in English.

Ms. Ferguson continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas and earned a Master of Science in School Psychology in 1997. Her internship was served with the Little Rock School District. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Ferguson was a licensed and certified School Psychology Specialist and evaluated students for learning disabilities in school districts in the north-central region of the state.

In the fall of 1998, Ms. Ferguson began pursuing a law degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Ms. Ferguson served as a research assistant to Professor Andrew McClurg from the summer of 1999 through the spring of 2000. During the summer of 2000, Ms. Linton served a summer internship with Supreme Court Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber. Ms. Ferguson then worked for Thomas M. Carpenter, the City Attorney for the City of Little Rock as a law clerk from the fall of 2000 to the Spring of 2001. Ms. Ferguson was a member of the Moot Court Team representing the UALR Bowen School of Law at the National Moot Court Competition. In addition, Ms. Ferguson completed mediation clinic including the required coursework as well as logging the required hours of actual mediation experience. Ms. Ferguson earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2001 and became a member of the Arkansas Bar in 2001.

From July 2001 to September 2003, Ms. Ferguson worked as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Little Rock. Ms. Ferguson prosecuted traffic violations, city code violations, and truancy violations in juvenile and district courts daily. Ms. Ferguson partnered with another assistant city attorney in planning and instituting the truancy and curfew program for the City of Little Rock in cooperation with the Little Rock School District. While her focus at the City of Little Rock was prosecution, Ms. Ferguson assisted Mr. Carpenter in several noteworthy civil cases including: Andrus v. City of Little Rock, involving the successful defense of the City to allegations of excessive force by police officers; Hart v. City of Little Rock, 432 F.3d 801 (8th Cir. 2005), involving the successful defense of the City’s disclosure of private information as the disclosure did not constitute a state created danger; Pfiefer v. City of Little Rock, 346 Ark. 449 (2001), involving the successful defense of the taking of private property for public use for the site of the Clinton Presidential Library; and Barclay v. Waters, 357 Ark. 386 (2004), involving the successful defense to a constitutional challenge to a use tax that saved the City of Little Rock millions of dollars in revenue.

From September 2003 to August 2004, Ms. Ferguson served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District under Prosecutor Larry Jegley. There, Ms. Ferguson gained further trial experience prosecuting misdemeanor crimes. Ms. Ferguson completed training with National District Attorneys Association at the National Advocacy Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina in the spring of 2004.

Ms. Ferguson joined the firm of Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A., now JACK NELSON JONES, P.A., in August of 2004. Ms. Ferguson's practice focuses on labor and employment law, asbestos litigation, and general litigation. Ms. Ferguson has represented Alltel Communications, Inc., Crain Chevrolet, Inc., Civitan Services, Crews and Associates, Inc., and First Security Bank. During the time that the firm contracted to serve as prosecutors for the City of Bryant, Ms. Ferguson trained and coordinated the efforts of other attorneys and case coordinators within the firm. Ms. Linton was also among a panel of JACK NELSON JONES & BRYANT, P.A. attorneys who wrote and presented the 2006 CLE for Acxiom Corp. entitled, “HIPAA: Legal and Ethical Issues Concerning Information Technology Companies.” She enjoys assisting Mr. Jones in representing the North Little Rock School District in its desegregation litigation. Her psychology background, trial experience earned as a prosecutor and as Assistant City Attorney, and writing skills honed as a Supreme Court intern, as a research assistant, and as Assistant City Attorney are assets to the firm.

Debby Ferguson is the wife of Justin Ferguson of Monticello, AR. She is the daughter of William Jr., “Bill,” and Dale Linton of Dover, Arkansas. Bill Linton has served farmers in the Central Arkansas area as a loan officer for Farm Credit Services for over 35 years. Dale Linton retired in 2006 after serving the Dover School District as a first grade teacher for 35 years; she currently works as a substitute teacher for schools in Pope County. Ms. Ferguson has two brothers, William Linton, III, and Russell Linton, and she is the proud aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Hobbies/Talents/Interest: Ms. Ferguson is passionate about serving her community. She completed Leadership Greater Little Rock in 2006, is an active member and sings in the choir of Immanuel Baptist Church and is a Member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She often volunteers her time to further various causes within the community. In addition, Ms. Ferguson enjoys playing softball, running and golf.

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