Dustin McDaniel

Dustin McDaniel

Little Rock, Arkansas

Upon graduating law school, Dustin McDaniel joined his family's law practice, McDaniel and Wells, in Jonesboro. In 2004, he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives where he was appointed chairman of the Joint Subcommittee on Health Insurance and Prescription Drugs. While serving the 75th District of Arkansas, he authored and passed legislation that established a prescription drug program for working class, uninsured Arkansans entitled “Arkansas Rx”, which was later absorbed into Medicare Part D.  After a successful term at the Arkansas General Assembly, he was elected to serve as the 55th Attorney General of Arkansas in 2006. During his two terms as AG, he served as co-chairman of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Tobacco Project, co-chairman of the NAAG Energy and Environment Committee, co-chairman of the NAAG Public Safety and Health Committee, chairman of the NAAG Southern Region, and co-chairman of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA). McDaniel was also the first Arkansas Attorney General to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in nearly 16 years, successfully arguing the State's position in Blueford v. Arkansas. McDaniel currently serves as Democratic co-chair of the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE).


  • Recovered more than $10 million for individual consumers through the mediation efforts of his Consumer Protection Division
  • Effectively ended the payday-lending industry in Arkansas with more than $7 million awarded through litigation on behalf of consumers
  • Created the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit to find, capture and prosecute those exploiting and harming children via the Internet
  • Secured the state's largest-ever settlement with a pharmaceutical company - $18.5 million against Eli Lilly
  • Created the state's Leads on Labs program, an online tool to help law enforcement fight methamphetamine abuse by tracking Pseudoephedrine purchases
  • Representing large multinational and tech companies including Yelp before state attorneys general across the nation

Areas of Practice

  • Lobbying/Consulting
  • Public Policy
  • Regulatory & Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation
  • Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2016


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas
    • Law Degree - 1999
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    • Bachelor's Degree

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Attorneys General's Tobacco Committee, Co-chairman
  • National Association of Attorneys General's Energy and Environment Committee, Co-chairman
  • National Association of Attorneys General's Public Safety and Health Committee, Co-chairman
  • National Association of Attorneys General's Southern Region, Chairman
  • Democratic Attorneys General Association’s, Co-chairman
  • Society of Attorneys General Emeritus, Co-chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • McDaniel and Wells
  • Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Jonesboro Police Department, Patrol Officer
  • Attorney General of Arkansas, 2006 - 2015