Bryant hires new city attorney
Richard "Chris" Madison, licensed in all courts of Arkansas, the U.S. District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, is now Bryant's staff attorney.
Born and raised in south Pulaski County, Madison graduated from Mills High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.
"Following graduation from the U of A, I became a police officer with the city of Sherwood, where I worked in the jail, radio-911 call center, patrol and warrants," Madison said.
While with the Sherwood Police Department, Madison said he began following his dream of attending law school.
"I enrolled at the UALR Bowen School of Law night program. After my first year of law school and doing fairly well, I retired from Sherwood and began attending school full time," Madison said.
He graduated with high honors, was in the top 10 percent of his class and was a member of the UALR Law Review, as well as the UALR traveling moot court team.
Following graduation, Madison began his career with Welch and Kitchens.
"I had the distinct honor to argue a First Amendment and immunity case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis, Mo.," Madison said.
Following his employment with Welch and Kitchens, Madison went into private practice, eventually working as an associate for Holleman and Associates.
"We handled complex employment and oil and gas litigation, including claims under the FLSA," he explained.
After leaving Holleman and Associates, Madison returned to private practice, where he handled civil rights cases, employment discrimination cases and municipal cases involving Arkansas Freedom of Information, municipal accounting and ethics, among other matters.
"I engaged in solo practice for a little over two years before having this great opportunity to work for the wonderful city of Bryant and to assist its government in doing the good business of its citizens," Madison said.
Madison is an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, participating on the Amicus Committee and Publications Committee, as well as a member of the Arkansas Bar Association.
Madison replaces the city of Bryant interim staff attorney Doyle Webb.