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General Defense


400 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 2400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-4851

Established: 1980

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Casualty
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Fire
  • Surety
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability

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About Us

Founded in 1980, Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins, L.L.P., specializes in defense of civil litigation. The firm operates on the premise that clients recognize and appreciate individualized and prompt service and attention. Members of the firm feel that its size, specialization, and use of state-of-the-art technology enable it to respond quickly and aggressively to the needs of its clients.

Partners in the firm have been recognized annually in U.S. News Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Baptist Health System, Inc.
  • Sisters of Mercy Health System

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Personnel Information

Firm Members


Randy P. Murphy

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 30

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Property and Casualty
  • Environmental Law
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1988
Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello, B.A. (with honors), 1978
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D., 1988

Born: 1955


Mariam T. Hopkins

Managing Partner

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 30

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, International Society of Barristers; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers and American College of Trial Lawyers

Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers
  • Henry Woods Inn of Court
  • American Inns of Court Foundation
  • Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Eagle International Associates
  • Eagle Diversity Institute
  • Arkansas Health Care Association
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Publications:
  • Author: "Criminal Procedure Survey," 10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal 149, 1987-1988
Education:
  • Henderson State University, B.S.E. (with honors), 1985
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D. (with high honors), 1988
Law Review:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal

Born: 1963


Michael P. Vanderford

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 25

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1994
Additional Biographical Details:

President, Board of Directors, Little Rock Children's Protection Center (2007-2013)

Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County (Insurance and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "Secured Transactions in Arkansas: Living with Both the Rebuttable Presumption and the Absolute Bar," Ark. L. Rev., Vol. 46, Rev. 2, 1993
Education:
  • Austin College
  • University of Arkansas, B.A., 1990
  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1993
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Law Review:
Note and Comment Editor, University of Arkansas Law Review

Born: 1967


David A. Littleton

Managing Partner

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 22

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, B.B.A., 1988
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D. (with high honors), 1996
Law Review:
Associate Managing Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal

Born: 1959


Julia M. Hancock

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 18

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers
  • Professional Liability Defense Foundation
  • The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Creighton University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1995
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D. (with high honors), 2000
Law Review:
Associate Survey and Comments Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal

Born: 1973


Jason J. Campbell

Managing Partner

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 17

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Construction Law
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Commercial Law
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2001
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Henry Woods Inn of Court
  • Eagle International Associates
  • Eagle Diversity Institute
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A., 1997
  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 2001

Born: 1975


Mark Wankum

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 10

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Property and Casualty
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Henry Woods Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Central Arkansas, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2005
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D. (with high honors), 2008

Born: 1983


Tony A. DiCarlo III

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 13

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2005
  • Arkansas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2007
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Loyola University, B.Mus. (Dean's List, Academic and Dean's Scholarships), 2001
  • Loyola Law School, J.D./Graduate Diploma in Civil Law (Dean's List, Academic and Dean's Scholarships), 2004

Born: 1979


Debbie S. Denton

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 21

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Property and Casualty
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Co-Author: Punitive Damages: A State by State Compendium, Arkansas, The DRI Defense Library Series (2009)
Education:
  • Westminster College, B.A. Political Science, 1994
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D., 1997

Born: 1972

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Associates


Amelia C. Fuller

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 1

Admitted
  • Arkansas, 2017
Education:
  • Arkansas State University, B.A. English (magna cum laude, with honors), 2014
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2017

Born: 1991


Brandon T. Cole

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 4

Admitted
  • Arkansas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2015
Memberships:
  • Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, B.S., 2009
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2014

Born: 1987

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Of Counsel


Overton S. Anderson

Little Rock, AR

Years of Experience: 50

Admitted
  • Texas, 1968
  • Arkansas, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
Additional Biographical Details:

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Associate Editor, Southwestern Law Journal

Memberships:
  • American (Litigation Section), Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., 1965
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1968

Born: 1943

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