Attorney, Of Counsel
Michael Hale
(501) 372-6175

Professional Experience
A member of the Barber Law Firm since 1968, Michael E. Hale has extensive experience in Rhino litigation for Yamaha and ATV litigation for Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. His products liability clients include Freightliner, Oshkosh Truck Corporation, Nissan, Nummi, Isuzu, Mercedes, Yanmar, Mitsubishi, Rheem, Borg-Warner, Toyota, Matsuhita, United Technologies, Teledyne, Continental Motors, Kone, Inc., Frito-Lay Dean Foods and Volkswagen. He is also handling aviation litigation for Southwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, U.S. Air, United Airlines, Bell-Helicopter, Delta, Sikorsky, American Airlines and Continental Airlines, Inc. With more than 40 years of experience, he has served numerous insurance clients including CNA, Crum & Forster, Allianz, Global Aerospace, USAIG, XL Aerospace, AIG, The London Agency, Federated Insurance, Sentry, Tokio-Marine, Yasuda, Dart Transit, PTL and the Sumitomo Marine and Fire Insurance Co.
Practice Areas

  • Products liability defense
  • Aviation litigation
  • Malpractice defense
  • Class actions

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Arkansas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association member
  • Arkansas Bar Association member, currently serving on Torts Committee and Civil Procedure Committee
  • Pulaski County Bar Association member
  • International Society of Barristers member, served on board from 1993 to 1999
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel member
  • American Society of Law and Medicine member
  • Pilot’s Bar Association member
  • Aviation Insurance Association member
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel member
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association member
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association member

Community Involvement

  • Volunteers at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as a verger, usher and worship committee member.

Presentations and Thought Leadership

  • Arkansas Dental Association’s panel discussion on dental malpractice
  • Baptist Health panel discussion on medical malpractice


  • Managing attorney for 125 personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from the crash of American Airlines Flight 1420 in 1999.


  • J.D., University of Arkansas
  • Undergraduate, University of Arkansas