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j. k o l b

business law for innovators


  • Speaker, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, Protecting Your Personal Assets When Starting and Operating a Business, May 2012
  • Speaker, Arkansas Bar Association, 2010 Best Of CLE - Bankruptcy Basics, June 2010
  • Speaker, Arkansas Bar Association, Debtor-Creditor Law Institute, April 2009
  • Speaker, Arkansas Debtor-Creditor Bar Spring Conference, March 2007
  • Authored, "Non-Compete Pacts: All-or-Nothing Bet," Arkansas Business, February 27, 2012
  • Authored, "Personal Guaranties: What Small Business Owners Need to Know," article, March 2012


joe f. kolb


I am a bankruptcy, business, and corporate law attorney with more than 30 years of experience.  I focus my practice on representing businesses and business owners looking for innovative ways to grow their companies, reduce their risks, and maximize their opportunities.


Legal Education

  • Juris Doctor, 1989; Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas


Undergraduate Education

  • B.A., Economics and Accounting; Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas


Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Arkansas, 1989
  • State Bar of Texas, 1990 (inactive)
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • Arkansas Bar Association

            President, 2022-Present

            Treasurer, 2017-2021

            House of Delegates, 2015-2020

            Chair, Debtor-Creditor Law Section, 2013-2014

  • Pulaski County Bar Association

            Board of Directors, 2008-2009

  • Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas

            President, 1996-1997

  • Judge William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District of Arkansas Advisory Committee, 2003-2007

Community Organizations

  • The Rotary Club of Little Rock, Club 99, 2011-present
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital, Community Member of the Board of Directors Community Development Committee, 2011-2016
  • ACANSA Arts Festival, Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, 2013-2018
  • Historic Arkansas Museum Commission, 2003-2014
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre Board of Directors, 1998-2004 & 2005-2008
  • Friends of The Rep Board of Directors, 1995 - 1999
  • Ballet Arkansas Board of Directors, 2000-2003

             Acting Executive Director, 2000-2003

  • Mid-America Arts Alliance Board of Directors, 2001-2003
  • Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XX1, 2005-2006