Michael B. Heister

Michael B. Heister

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

Recognized since 2017

Little Rock, Arkansas

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

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A member of the firm, Mr. Heister’s practice focuses on complex business litigation and regulatory compliance with a focus on natural resources and environmental compliance. He is listed with The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Appellate Practice, recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense by Super Lawyers, and named to the 2017 Under 40 Hot List by Benchmark Litigation. Recent matters include:

· Successfully argued a motion for summary judgment in federal court to allow development of a multi-state, multi-billion-dollar transmission line.

· Representing clients in a variety of environmental matters before state and federal agencies such as obtaining a third-party rulemaking, permit compliance, and remediation of contaminated properties.

· Advising clients on mineral-related lease disputes such as coal, oil, and natural gas leases, and permitting requirements.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Heister practiced law in Washington, DC, for three years as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and for six years with an international law firm. While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Heister defended federal environmental actions in a variety of jurisdictions at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Heister’s experience in private practice also included trial and appellate work in environmental enforcement actions along with complex land use disputes and work on hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas regulations.

Mr. Heister is a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his J. D. from the University of Arkansas, summa cum laude. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Heister served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard S. Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002)
Note and Comment Editor, Arkansas Law Review
W. J. Arnold Award
James H. McKenzie Award

Vanderbilt University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1998)


  • 111 Center Street, Suite 1900
    Little Rock, AR 72201


  • University of Arkansas , J.D., summa cum laude, graduated 2002
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, graduated 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2002
  • District of Columbia, 2003

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
Headquarters: Little Rock, Arkansas

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice

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