Arkadelphia's Chaney Law Firm Built on Family Ties

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 12:00 am  

“It’s a much better life,” Hilary Chaney said.

In 2010, Don Chaney said, there was a need for the firm to hire his other son, Taylor Chaney, who had graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2009, which happened to be during the Great Recession.

“The thought of having to start my own firm scared me to death,” Taylor Chaney said. “So I started doing some work for Dad and ended up moving down here at the beginning of 2010.”

Don Chaney and his two sons have a balanced case load, but when a lawsuit is heading for trial, all three will prepare for battle in the courtroom. Don and Nathan will act as lead attorneys, with Taylor in a supporting role.

For the case involving the crash of two semi-tractor trailers that injured James Bradshaw of Pike County in 2006, the firm received a $1 million judgment from a jury in the U.S. District Court in Hot Springs in 2011. But the defendants — FFE Transportation Services Inc. of Dallas and the driver of the semi-tractor, David A. Booker Sr., of Kaufman, Texas — filed a motion for a new trial and it was granted.

At the second trial, held in 2012, another jury returned a judgment of $1 million. FFE and Booker appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the judgment was upheld in June.

The Chaneys spent countless hours on the case. While the close working conditions might fuel sibling rivalry in some family businesses, that’s not the case between Nathan and Taylor Chaney, they said. “What we do is very complementary,” Nathan Chaney said.

Don Chaney said he doesn’t regret the decision to hire his sons and daughter-in-law. The move has brought the family closer.

“I’ve enjoyed as an adult having the opportunity to become better friends with my kids as adults,” he said.

Don Chaney said he has no plans for retirement anytime in the near future.

“I like what I’m doing and plan to keep doing it,” he said.



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