E. B. Chiles  IV - Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

E. B. Chiles IV

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 501-379-1734

E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV is a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.  His primary areas of practice are complex business litigation, appellate practice, class action litigation, products liability litigation, employment litigation, and ERISA litigation.  Mr. Chiles's clients have included chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, a publicly traded waste-hauling company, a provider of wireless telephone services, computer companies, and title-insurance companies.  

Mr. Chiles regularly defends class actions.  He has defended class actions against insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, providers of wireless telephone services, food companies, financial institutions, and retailers and has handled class litigation on a variety of topics, including consumer fraud, the unauthorized practice of law, insurance claims-handling, race discrimination, and breach of contract. 

Mr. Chiles also routinely represents manufacturers and distributors in products-liability cases; employers in employment-related cases; and insurers in ERISA, coverage, and bad-faith litigation. 

In addition to trial work, Mr. Chiles has an active practice in state and federal courts. He has appellate experience across a broad range of issues, including the propriety of class certification, the enforceability of arbitration provisions, the admissibility of expert testimony under Daubert, the jurisdiction of state regulatory bodies, the constitutionality of punitive-damage awards, the sufficiency of the evidence in sexual-harassment and retaliation cases, the qualifications of candidates for elective office, the correction of a jury's error transmitting a verdict to a trial court, and attacking sanctions for discovery abuses.

Hendrix CollegeBA 1993Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1996
The American Law InstituteLitigation Counsel of AmericaInternational Association of Defense CounselFederal Practice Committee, Eastern District of ArkansasBar Association of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitDefense Research InstituteAmerican Bar FoundationArkansas Supreme Court Committee on Model Jury Instructions - Civil

Case History

Yanmar Co., Ltd., d/b/a Yanmar Diesel Engine Company, Ltd., and Yanmar America Corporation v. Wanda H. Slater — Successfully represented Yanmar Co., Ltd. as an appellant following a jury verdict of $2.5 million against the defendants in a product-liability case concerning the design of an agricultural tractor.  In a unanimous decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed and dismissed as to Yanmar Co., Ltd., on the ground that the circuit court clearly erred in finding that Arkansas courts have personal jurisdiction over Yanmar Co., Ltd.
R. Gail Burns, et al. v. Universal Crop Protection Alliance, Nufarm Americas, Inc., et al. — Successfully represented two pesticide-formulator clients in a bellwether trial concerning allegations of crop damage due to widespread herbicide drift over several Northeast Arkansas counties.  The plaintiffs sought more than $4 million in compensatory damages for claims based on allegations of negligence and strict liability.  The plaintiffs' claim for punitive damages was dismissed on directed verdict by the court.  After hearing nearly four weeks of testimony and deliberating for approximately five hours, the jury found in favor of all defendants.

Office Location

111 Center Street, Suite 1900
Little Rock, AR 72201-4420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Little Rock Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Little Rock Metro Area
E. B. Chiles IV has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!E. B. Chiles IV has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation - ERISA
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants