Louis Etoch

Little Rock, Arkansas Attorney Louis A. Etoch

Attorney Louis A. Etoch has practiced law in East Arkansas for more than two decades. In 1989, he began working with his father, founder of the Etoch Law Firm, carrying forward a tradition of excellence established in 1963. Today, Mr. Etoch provides competent, effective representation to injury victims and criminal defendants from Little Rock to Helena, and every community in between.

Mr. Etoch earned his law degree and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas. The same year he graduated from law school, he was admitted to the Arkansas State Bar as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. 1990, he was admitted to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Over the course of his legal career, he has handled over 100 jury trials in civil and criminal matters.

In his personal injury practice, Mr. Etoch represents of victims of auto accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. As a defense attorney, he handles criminal cases involving drug offenses, murder charges and DWI arrests. He served as a public defender in Phillips County, giving him unique insight into the inner-workings of the local criminal justice system. Mr. Etoch is certified to handle death penalty defense, a special qualification from the State of Arkansas.

Outside of his work as a lawyer, Mr. Etoch maintains an interest in aviation. He has been a twin engine instrument rated pilot since 2002.

Education
  • University of Arkansas School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Bachelor of Science in Zoology, 1986
Admissions
  • Arkansas, 1989
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 1989
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 1989
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Phillips County Bar Association, Current Member and Past President (1992-1996)
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Member (1989-present)
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member (1999-present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member (1989-present)
Teaching Positions & Publications
  • PCCUA, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 1993
  • “The Value of a Discharged Attorney’s Contingent Fee Contract: Henry, Walden & Davis v. Goodman, 42 Ark. L. Rev. 549 (1989)
Public Offices
  • Phillips County Public Defender, 1990-1991
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member, 1999-2005 and 2009-present
Reported Cases
    • U.S. v. Terys Boose, 739 F. 3rd 1185, 1186 (8th Cir. 2014) and Rottinghaus v. Hollowell, No. 14-2471, 8th Cir. 2014
    • Harry Stephens Farms, Inc. v. Wormald Americas, Inc., 571 F.3d 820 (8th Cir. 2009)
    • Bradford v. State, 351 Ark. 394, 94 S.W.3d 904 (Ark. 2003)
    • Holder v. State, 354 Ark. 364, 124 S.W.3d 439 (Ark. 2003)
    • Price v. State, 347 Ark. 708, 66 S.W.3d 653 (Ark. 2002)
    • Tucker v. Evans, 276 F.3d 999 (8th Cir. 2001)
    • Pyle & Tunnicliff v. State, 340 Ark. 53, 8 S.W.3d 491 (Ark. 2000)
    • Weaver v. State, 339 Ark. 97, 3 S.W.3d 323 (Ark. 1999)
    • Franklin v. State, 998 S.W.2d 738 (Ark. 1999)
    • Corbit v. State, 334 Ark. 592, 976 S.W.2d 927 (Ark. 1998)
    • Newton v. Etoch, 332 Ark. 325, 965 S.W.2d 96 (Ark. 1998)
    • Bailey v. State, 334 Ark. 43, 972 S.W.2d 239 (Ark. 1998)
    • State v. Herred, 332 Ark. 241, 964 S.W.2d 391 (Ark. 1998)
    • Etoch v. State, 332 Ark. 83, 964 S.W.2d 798 (Ark. 1998)
    • Otey v. Marshall, 121 F.3d 1150 (8th Cir. 1997)
    • Helton v. State, 325 Ark. 140, 924 S.W. 2d 239 (Ark. 1996)
    • Dodson v. State, 326 Ark. 637, 934 S.W.2d 198 (Ark. 1996)
    • Lanes v. State, 53 Ark. App. 266, 922 S.W.2d 349 (Ark. App. 1996)
    • Bradford v. State, 324 Ark. 110, 918 S.W.2d 719 (Ark. 1996)
    • Smith v. State, 326 Ark. 238, 928 S.W.2d 799 (Ark. 1996)
    • Lepard v. West Memphis Mach. & Welding, 51 Ark. App. 53, 908 S.W.2d 666 (Ark. App. 1995)
    • Franklin v. State, 318 Ark. 324, 885 S.W.2d 23 (Ark. 1994)
    • Walker v. Jackson Nat. Life Ins. Co., 20 F.3d 923 (C.A. 8 Ark. 1994)
    • Clay v. State, 310 Ark. 647, 839 S.W.2d 10 (Ark. 1992)
    • Ishie v. Kelley, 302 Ark. 112, 788 S.W.2d 225 (Ark. 1990)
    • Ivory v. Woodruff Electric Co-Operative Corp. 2015 Ark. App. 255, CV-14-698 (decided 4-22-15)