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Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold, 36


Hope O'Dwyer Wilson & Arnold PA

Little Rock

Professional Achievements
• Director of operations for a multistate petroleum distributor overseeing eight locations and 75 employees while finishing law school at night.
• Made partner five years after joining firm that now includes his name.

Community involvement
Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIX; FBI Citizens Academy Spring 2024 class; endowment committee of St. James United Methodist Church; coach, Upward Basketball and Junior Deputy Little League Baseball in Little Rock.

Learning from a mentor
“Ron Hope. He has taught me how to practice law and how to make a living. In law school, they teach you how to think like a lawyer but not how to practice law. Ron has taught me how to practice law the right way, with integrity and respect for the people you interact with daily.”

One word to describe you

Professional inspiration
“I strive to have balance in my professional and personal life. Together, they enrich each other. If they aren’t balanced, they both suffer.”

First job and lesson learned
“As a kid, I remember working for my dad’s home audio and theater business, Arnold Audio. It is a small business he started in the mid-1990s that is still around today. I helped run wire under houses and through attics. My first paying job was when I was 14 years old at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock as a yard boy. I followed around the sextons and helped them with whatever needed to be done. From pulling weeds, to taking out the trash, cleaning floors or setting up meeting spaces, I did it all. These early jobs taught me how to be a worker, to put my head down and do the job until it’s done.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Perception. Too often Arkansas is portrayed as lacking, but in reality, it is a great place to live and raise a family.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Get uncomfortable. Success comes from challenging yourself and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. It leads to growth.”

Most valuable lesson
“Be someone that other people want to work with. It leads to success.”

Professional “aha” moment
“I don’t think I’ve had one. It took me a long time to get where I am now in my career. It has been a grind and there has been a lot of learning from mistakes.”

Career dream as a child
“To play in the NFL. That dream ended with injuries and genetics in college.”

Most fulfilling career moment
I have helped a number of clients through big life transitions. From assisting in the purchase or sale of their business or an adoption or guardianship, those types of cases really stick out because they really have a big impact on those clients’ lives.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“I think Arkansas needs to tell its story better. It’s a great place and has a lot to offer.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The people. In my experience, Arkansans tend to be warm and friendly.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Practicing law, raising a family, being active in the community.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
See the world, try new things and experiences. This will help with perspective in life.”

How you define success
“Success is making a positive impact in whatever you do. Whether it be professionally with clients and their cases or personally with the people encountered in our lives, success to me is being able to say that I was able to make a positive impact with those people.”


40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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