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In Memory of John D. Coulter

John D Coulter - Little Rock Lawyer

Former Partner

We said our heartfelt goodbyes to John Coulter when he passed away on April 22nd, 2022. You may view the firm announcement of his passing here, as well as his obituary.

John D. Coulter, Partner of McMath Woods P.A., practiced law for over twenty years, and specialized in the areas of labor and employment law, family law, and personal injury. From discrimination and harassment to restrictive covenants, John offered his clients a candid and analytical assessment of strengths and weaknesses of their situation, and individualized solutions that each case required regardless of whether the case was settled in or out of the courtroom. If a case did not enter the courtroom, John’s thorough and in-depth case evaluation and preparation created the fair playing field necessary to contest employers, who might otherwise have had considerably more power to wield. John enjoyed sharing his knowledge in the area of employment law and his skills as an effective communicator to individuals who were in the midst of difficult or distressing situation.

A strong advocate for a wide range of civil rights, John was dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients and upholding the right to trial by jury. John was a native of Nashville, AR and lived in Little Rock from 1998 until 2022.

Significant Cases

  • Carleson v. MidCon Gathering, LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105790 (E.D. Ark. 2018).
  • Russenberger v. Thomas Pest Control, Inc., 2012 Ark. App. 86, 2012 WL 206487.
  • Horton v. Horton, 2011 Ark. App. 361.
  • Western Sizzlin Corp. v. Parks Land Co., LLLP, 2009 WL 1353110 (2009).
  • Hogan v. BG Excelsior Ltd. Partnership, 2009 WL 1034763 (E.D. Ark. 2009).


  • Partner, McMath Woods 2016-2022
  • Member, James, Carter and Coulter, P.L.C., 2006-2016
  • Of Counsel, Kutak Rock, L.L.P., 2005-2006
  • Partner, Rose Law Firm, P.A., 2004-2005
  • Associate, Rose Law Firm, P.A., 1999-2004
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson, Eastern District of Arkansas, 1998 -1999
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Former Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


  • Reed College, Portland, OR – B.A., 1992
  • Boston College Law School, Boston, MA – J.D., cum laude, 1998. Managing Editor of Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Community Service

  • Commissioner, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, 2013-2016
  • VOCALS Pulaski County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2011
  • Former Member of Heart of Arkansas United Way Board
  • Former Pro Bono Counsel to Central Arkansas District of United Methodist Church

Honors and Awards

  • Elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in the practice areas of: Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment from 2009 to 2019.
  • Selected as the 2014-15 Little Rock Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers and featured in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America publication.
  • Selected as the 2018 Little Rock Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers and featured in the 24th edition of the Best Lawyers in America publication. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award by Best Lawyers.
  • AV Rated (Rated very high for legal ability and ethical conduct by the nation’s oldest and most reliable law directory – Martindale-Hubbell).
  • Former Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.
  • Named Mid-South Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2018.

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