JaNan Arnold Davis
Arkansas Injury Attorney
JaNan Arnold Davis was born and raised in Arkadelphia where she later studied French and History at Ouachita Baptist University. JaNan’s parents worked in public service roles and lead her to know, even at a young age, that she wanted to be a lawyer to help people dealing with challenging situations. With the exception of her time as a student abroad in Bordeaux, France, JaNan has been a lifetime resident of Arkansas.
In 1997, she graduated with honors from the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock and worked as a law clerk for the late Judge Andree Layton Roaf on the Arkansas Court of Appeals before entering private practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. JaNan was elected as City Attorney for the City of Maumelle in 2001 where she handled all city legal matters, including representation of city officials, boards, and commissions and all local prosecutions. While serving in that role, JaNan joined Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, focusing her practice on defense of county officials and law enforcement officers in civil rights litigation. JaNan has seen Rainwater, Holt & Sexton help thousands of clients and grow into the largest injury firm in Arkansas by providing excellent legal services and lasting relationships with clients.
JaNan uses her personal and professional experience to provide the highest level of representation and advice to her clients. She helps her clients understand the process of litigation and what can be done going forward to avoid future litigation. JaNan regularly presents continuing education programs for other lawyers and is a certified Law Enforcement Trainer.
She has three daughters and is active in community, church and school activities. JaNan has supported community initiatives to increase access to legal services and to reach those who are in the most difficult of circumstances.
Born: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Education and Work History:
Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., 1994, magna cum laude
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1997
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law Review, Assistant Editor
- Author, Casenote: “Hodges v. Gray: The Fine Line between the Bench and the Bar and How to Avoid Crossing It.,” Top Paper—Trial Advocacy, Top Paper—Criminal Law Seminar
Law Clerk, Arkansas Court of Appeals, Judge Andree Layton Roaf, 1997-1998
City Attorney Maumelle, Arkansas, 2001-2014
Instructor, continuing education programs on appellate practice in Arkansas
Memberships and Service:
Arkansas Bar, 1997
U.S. District Courts of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
American Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association, Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 2002-2006
Pulaski County Bar Association
International Municipal Lawyers Association
Arkansas Association of City Attorneys
- President, 2011-2012