Denise Hoggard is head of the litigation department, a position she has held since 2013. She has litigated cases since 1984 when she received her license to practice law after graduating with a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law.
Denise comes from a military family background and came to Arkansas in the 1970’s when her father was stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville. She graduated from Jacksonville High School at then obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Arkansas State University. Through high school and college, Denise worked as a reporter and editor for her student newspapers. Upon graduation, she joined the Arkansas Democrat as a newspaper reporter and was assigned to the police and courts beat. While writing about trials, she fell in love with the law and saw how attorneys help people tell their stories and find justice. Being raised in a military family, she was committed to serving and defending others. She worked her way through law school and has worked in a trial practice since.
She has also been very involved in serving in the legal profession as President of the Arkansas Bar Association, President of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, as a mentor to new attorneys, and as an adjunct instructor at the Bowen School of Law. She has a strong understanding of courts and because of these skills, she was referred by senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor as a candidate for appointment to the federal bench.
Denise joined Rainwater, Holt & Sexton because she shares the same passion for providing clients with the best possible representation. She shares the vision to advocate for clients zealously and make sure they receive the best possible results. She works daily with the team of attorneys to make sure they deliver for the clients and serve their interests. One reason she came to Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is the way it provides a large support staff and commits resources to benefit clients. She is tenacious and tireless as a trial attorney fighting for her clients.
Another great joy for Denise is the way Rainwater, Holt & Sexton works to serve others in the community. She works to support those charitable and professional efforts. It’s important to her that she be part of a workplace that gives back to others.