John Atkins Experience Matters. Results Matter. Your Attorney Matters. 

“If you are facing criminal charges, you need an attorney that is passionate about criminal defense. I came to work at Norwood & Norwood due to their fabulous reputation and passion for defending the rights of their clients. I will continue that legacy by letting our clients know they are not alone and that I will fight to get them the best result possible.”

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John Atkins

Litigation Attorney
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John Atkins is an experienced attorney that has defended clients facing felony, misdemeanor, and traffic charges. Prior to coming to work at Norwood & Norwood, John practiced criminal law in Northwest Arkansas and he has represented thousands of clients in all stages of litigation. John has defended clients at the most vulnerable time of their lives, and he understands the stress and uncertainty that our legal system can inflict on individuals. John is committed to the idea that every client is innocent until proven guilty, and that every client is entitled to the best legal defense possible.

John graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law. After law school, he worked for the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Later, John entered the private practice of law and represented both Plaintiffs and insurance companies in civil litigation. Although John enjoyed civil litigation, he decided to leave the practice of defending insurance companies for the more personal connection of defending individuals in criminal cases. He is very happy he made the change back to criminal defense, and he finds the practice of helping individuals navigate our criminal justice system much more rewarding than the practice of defending insurance companies.

In addition to being a member of the bars of Texas and Arkansas, John is a member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family, doing outdoor activities, and cheering on the Razorbacks and the Dallas Mavericks.


  • University of Arkansas School of Law


  • Eastern District of Arkansas U.S. Attorney's Office- Criminal Division

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas State Bar 
  • Arkansas State Bar 
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Voted Northwest Arkansas' Best Criminal Defense Firm

6 Reasons to Choose Us
  • Nearly 100 Years of Combined Experience
  • More than 25,000 Charges Won or Dismissed
  • Highly Respected by Peers, Judges and Clients
  • Former Prosecutors Who Understand Both Sides of the Law
  • Affordable Payment Plans
  • Your First Visit is Absolutely Free

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