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DONALD T. JACK, JR.

Donald T. Jack, Jr.

2800 Cantrell Road
Suite 500
Little Rock, AR 72202-2043
Phone: 501.375.1122
Fax: 501.375.1027

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Current Position and Duties within the Firm: Senior Partner, Founding Partner, President and Treasurer

Admissions: Arkansas Bar, 1967; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Practice Areas: Banking Law; Commercial Transactions; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Public Finance Law; Securities Law.

Limited List of Clients Represented: St. Vincent Health System (for over 30 years); The Dallas Cowboys; First Security Bancorp; First Security Bank; First Security Leasing; Crews and Associates, Inc.; Conway Regional Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Conway Regional Health System.

Legal Associations/Professional Memberships: Pulaski County Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association (Member, House of Delegates, 1979-1981); American Bar Association (Corporations Section, Banking and Business Law Section, Taxation Section and Member of the Forum Committee on Health Law).

Education: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, B.S.L. and J.D., 1967.

Accomplishments/Awards: Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Law Review, 1966-1967; Law Clerk to Justice George Rose Smith, Associate Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court 1967-1968; Instructor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas, 1967-1969; Associate and Member of House, Holmes & Jewell, 1968-1986; Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jack Nelson & Bryant, P.A., formerly Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A., since 1986; named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Corporate law and Health Care law for many years; and named a Super Lawyer.

Club or Civic Memberships/Community Involvement: Member of Fifty for the Future; Member of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent Health System; Past Member of the Board of Directors of KLRE/KUAR FM Public Radio; Past Member and President of the Board of Directors of Catholic High School for Boys; Past Member and Vice Chairman of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Holding Company; One of the Founders and Past Member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Arkansas; Past Member of the Board of Directors of Francis A. Allen School for exceptional children; Member of the Board of Directors, Founding Member of ACLU of Arkansas; and Founding Member of Right to Life of Arkansas.

Business Affiliations: Member of the Board of Directors of Crews & Associates, Inc.; Member of the Board of Directors of First Security Leasing, Ins.; Member of the Board of Directors for St. Vincent Health System; and Member of the Board of Directors of First Security Bank of Mountain Home.

Biography:

Donald T. Jack, Jr. is the Senior Partner of Jack Nelson Jones, P.A., His primary practice areas include finance law, securities law, healthcare law and general corporate planning and advice.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Mr. Jack graduated from Catholic High School for Boys. He received his B.S.L. and L.L.B. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1967. While in law school, Mr. Jack was the Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Law Review for the 1966-1967 school year. He was active as a member and an officer in both, the legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, and the social fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Mr. Jack began his legal career as a judicial clerk for Arkansas Supreme Court Justice George Rose Smith. During this time, Justice Smith, one of the most widely recognized state appellate court justices in the United States, wrote many of the landmark opinions on Arkansas usury law. This experience cemented Mr. Jack’s lifelong interest in banking law.

Mr. Jack served as a professor of Business Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock early in his legal career. In 1968, Mr. Jack joined the Little Rock firm of House, Holmes and Jewell, and he became a member in 1972. In 1986, he left with fellow members Philip Lyon and Stephen Jones to found Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A.

Mr. Jack is grateful for the expansive education and legal practice that his clients have continued to provide him for over 40 years. His considerable body of work includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating the original legal documents establishing and financing the major power plants in the State of Arkansas still operating today.
  • Serving as counsel to Arkansas Power and Light (“AP&L”) and Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company (“ARKLA”) and representing these utility companies before the Public Service Commission.
  • Representing utility and transportation companies before the Interstate Commerce Commission (now the Department of Transportation) and before Atomic Energy Companies (now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission).
  • Structuring the one of the first financings for nuclear fuel in the United States.
  • Serving as general counsel for St. Vincent Health System for over 30 years and representing the hospital in one of the first hospital first mortgage bond issues in the country.
  • Contributing to the development of the City of Little Rock’s economy, infrastructure and skyline by representing the developers of several of the largest shopping centers in the city and the developers of the largest commercial building in Arkansas, the TCBY Tower (now the Metropolitan Tower), during its construction.
  • Representing First Commercial Bank as it became the largest financial institution in the State of Arkansas at that time.
  • Representing various banking institutions before the Federal Reserve Board, the Comptroller of the Currency and the Arkansas State Bank Department.
  • Organizing over 50 bank holding companies.
  • Representing financial institutions in regulatory matters before the National Association of Securities Dealers, now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
  • Drafting public registration statements and other legal documents necessary to take three companies public before the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Jack has served as counsel to First Security Bancorp and to Crews & Associates, Inc., an Arkansas investment banking firm. In addition, he continues to represent numerous financial institutions, family-owned businesses, holding companies, real estate developers and others.

Mr. Jack is a member of Fifty for the Future. He formerly served on the board of directors for KLRE/KUAR FM Public Radio, Catholic High School for Boys and Junior Achievement of Arkansas.

Mr. Jack has been married to his wife, Ruth Ann, for more than 40 wonderful years. Mr. Jack and Ruth Ann have three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and a multitude of friends they consider family.

Mr. Jack is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He also loves to spend time visiting with family and friends, hunting and fishing, bicycling, hiking, reading and cooking.

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