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C. Tab Turner

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Firm Name
Turner & Associates, P.A.
Address
4705 Somers Avenue
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Suite 100
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North Little Rock, AR 72116

Areas of Practice
Commercial Litigation
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Tab Turner is a trial lawyer with offices in Arkansas, Texas, San Diego, and New York. He graduated with high honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is the sole shareholder in Turner & Associates, P.A., a law firm devoted to serving consumers and victims of human rights violations.

Mr. Turner specializes in representing consumers injured by defective automotive products, environmental litigation, anti-terrorism litigation, and commercial litigation. In the field of automotive safety, his primary focus has been on vehicle handling and stability and catastrophic tire failures as well as representing families of children injured by defective safety systems. Mr. Turner has won verdicts for clients in multiple cases where the verdict was in excess of $20,000,000.00, including a $132,000,000.00 jury verdict against Ford Motor Company relating to the death of Brian Cole, a young outfielder with the New York Mets organization, which remains the largest single verdict in a wrongful death claim in the U.S. Mr. Turner was also lead trial counsel in winning the first anti-terrorism case against Arab Bank in a trial that took place in Brooklyn in 2015, wherein the jury found the Bank guilty of providing material support to the terrorist organization Hamas, which had carried out twenty-four (24) separate attacks on U.S. citizens during the Second Intifada in the Middle East.

Mr. Turner has devoted much time to auto safety issues over the years, including serving as co-counsel representing Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, in defamation suits brought by Isuzu Motors and Suzuki Motors in Los Angeles, CA, that resulted in a defense verdict and dismissal. Both cases involved articles published by Consumer Reports relating to the handling and stability characteristics of the Suzuki Samurai and the Isuzu Trooper.

Over a decade ago, Mr. Turner was honored by Arkansas Business magazine as one of the leading litigation attorneys in Arkansas and was selected as one of the 40 most prominent Arkansans under the age of 50. He has served as guest speaker for a variety of different organizations including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the National College of Advocacy; the Attorneys Information Exchange Group; the American Bar Association Automotive Litigation Section; Western Trial Lawyers Association; Kentucky Trial Lawyers Association; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; the Arkansas Bar Association; the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; the Washington Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Florida, the Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is an active supporter of “Public Citizen”, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., and is a former member of the board and active supporter of the “Trial Lawyers for Public Justice” (now known as “Public Justice”).

Mr. Turner was named the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year” in the United States in both 2001 and 2015 by “Trial Lawyers for Public Justice” (later “Public Justice”) based on his work representing Donna Bailey in the Ford/Firestone litigation (2001), and Linde v. Arab Bank (2015), which involved representing over 500 victims of 24 separate terror attacks carried out by Hamas, which received material support from the Arab Bank. He also received the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association for 2001-2002, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Bar Association in 2015.

Mr. Turner’s involvement in pursuing Ford and Firestone was featured on virtually every major news organization, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Dateline NBC, CNN, 60 Minutes II, Frontline, and Burden of Proof. He was featured in the December, 2000, issue of the New York Times Magazine for his work on behalf of consumers in litigation involving sport utility vehicle rollovers. He has authored papers relating to similar accident evidence in products cases; vehicle rollover; occupant restraints; vehicle crashworthiness; voir dire; punitive damages; trial persuasion and settlement strategies. He also serves, and has served, in virtually every capacity with the Attorneys Information Exchange Group in Birmingham, AL. As a result of the Arab Bank litigation, he was likewise featured in both print and television media, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Turner is a member of the Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations; the American Bar Association; the Arkansas and American Trial Lawyers Associations; a former Board Member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association; and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. He is licensed in a variety of courts across the country and has represented clients in cases throughout the country.

Mr. Turner is also the subject of a book entitled “Tragic Indifference: One Man's Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs" authored by Adam L. Penenberg of New York wherein Penenberg chronicles Turner's client, Donna Bailey, a single mother of two in her early 40s, who was left a quadriplegic on March 10, 2000, in central Texas when the Ford Explorer driven by her friend flipped over after its right-rear Firestone Wilderness AT tire peeled apart. That case, considered to be a watershed in litigation, was settled in January, 2001. Penenberg, an investigative reporter who exposed a fabricated New Republic story by journalist Stephen Glass in 1998, tells the story of one lawyer's battle and one woman's struggle for survival and justice. The two stories intertwine to lead readers through the blinding maze of suits and countersuits, whistle-blowers, politicians, consumer advocates, journalists, engineers and corporate executives, all surrounding the profit machine now known in the U.S. as the “sport utility vehicle."

Mr. Turner is also credited as the pioneer in SUV safety issues and, along with Joan Claybrook of Public Citizen, is credited for being the instrumental tool in Congress’ creation of the “TREAD Act”, which now stands as one of the world’s strongest laws pertaining to consumer protection against defective automotive products and components, including the obligation to inform the public of growing consumer complaints that result in the death or injury of consumers on the highways.

Beyond his practice in personal injury litigation, Mr. Turner is highly involved in anti-terrorism litigation and was lead trial counsel in the first anti-terrorism case against Arab Bank, Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank, in which he represented over 300 U.S. citizens. The plaintiffs claimed that the Bank financed twenty-four terror attacks in Israel attributed to Hamas. Mr. Turner is likewise presently representing approximately 200 families of members of the Armed Services who were killed by Iranian IED attacks in Iraq. The families contend that a group of eight Banks violated the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing financial services to Iranian terrorist organizations despite the existence of U.S. sanctions prohibiting such conduct.

Mr. Turner has been honored for his work by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association; the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; the Kentucky Trial Lawyers’ Association; the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; the Western Trial Lawyers’ Association; the California Trial Lawyers’ Association; the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association; Public Citizen; U.S. News & World Report; AY Magazine; New York Times Magazine; American Registry; Memphis Magazine and the Southeast Region Trial Lawyers.

He is the father of three lovely daughters and resides in Florida.

Practice Summary
Practice Overview

Turner & Associates, P.A. is devoted to providing assistance to, and fighting for, individuals who have suffered harm at the hands of other individuals, large corporations, and insurance companies. For over 20 years we have helped clients access our time-honored civil justice system, a forum where ordinary citizens, regardless of income, stand as equals even against powerful opponents with vast resources at their disposal. We believe in preserving our democracy; the right to a jury trial; fair and equal treatment for all regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or age. 

Sample Recoveries

Obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $20,000,000.00, including a $132,000,000.00 jury verdict against Ford Motor Company relating to the death of Brian Cole, a young outfielder with the New York Mets organization, which remains the largest single verdict in a wrongful death claim in the U.S.

Rep. Cases/Clients

Lead trial counsel in first successful anti-terrorism case against Arab Bank, wherein the jury found the Bank guilty of providing material support to the terrorist organization Hamas which had carried out twenty-four (24) separate attacks on U.S. citizens during the Second Intifada in the Middle East.

Awards & Honors

AV® Preeminent™ Rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
One of the Leading Litigation Attorneys in Arkansas – Arkansas Business Magazine
Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year – Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (2001, 2015)
Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year – Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (2001-2002)
40 Most Prominent Arkansans Under the Age of 50 – Arkansas Business Magazine (1995)
Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in North Little Rock – Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2016)

Honored by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; the Kentucky Trial Lawyers’ Association; the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Western Trial Lawyers’ Association, the California Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association, Public Citizen, U.S. News & World Report, AY Magazine, New York Times Magazine, American Registry, Memphis Magazine, and the Southeast Region Trial Lawyers

Memberships

Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations
American Bar Association
Arkansas and American Trial Lawyers Associations
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Western Trial Lawyers Association

Admissions

Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

University of Arkansas School of Law
J.D., 1984

Ouachita Baptist University
B.A., 1981

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