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Dustin McDaniel

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Dustin McDaniel is an attorney and founding partner in the firm of McDaniel, Wolff & Benca, PLLC.  Dustin was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2004, serving from 2005-2007.  He was the only freshman lawmaker in the 85th General Assembly to be named by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette to its “Top 10 Legislators” list in 2005.  In 2006, Dustin was elected as Arkansas’s 55th Attorney General.  At the time, he was the youngest Attorney General in the United States.  In 2010, Dustin was reelected.  He was selected by his colleagues around the nation to hold many leadership roles, including Chairman of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General, Co-Chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association and Chairman of the NAAG Tobacco Project, which oversees roughly $7 Billion in annual payments between settling tobacco companies and 46 states.  Dustin currently serves as Co-Chair of the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE), which is the professional association for all former AG’s in the United States.  Dustin is also proud to be the first Arkansan named as a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Under the Arkansas Constitution, Dustin was term limited for life as AG at the end of his second term.  In 2015, he formed the law firm of McDaniel, Richardson and Calhoun, PLLC which quickly established a successful national attorney general practice managing investigations, litigations and general government affairs with AG’s and governors.  The firm also navigated regulatory and political affairs, as well as litigation in Arkansas on complex issues including education, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, medical cannabis, tobacco and casino gaming.

In 2019, McDaniel Richardson & Calhoun, PLLC merged with the Little Rock tax law firm of Wolff & Ward, PLLC and the criminal defense firm of Benca & Johnston, PLLC to form McDaniel Wolff & Benca, PLLC. 

Dustin and his wife Bobbi have three children.  Both are active in the community.  Dustin is a member of 50 For the Future and serves on the boards of The University of Arkansas Alumni Association, The UALR Wm. H Bowen School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council and The U.S. Hemp Authority.  Bobbi works as a client advocate at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.  Dustin graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor from the Bowen School of Law, where he served as Honor Council Prosecutor and as Assistant Articles Editor for the UALR Law Review.  The law school presented Dustin with its “Young Alumnus Award” in 2002 and its “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2019.  He is a graduate of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, where he was Interfraternity Council President and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.  In 2004, Dustin was an honor graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy as a Patrolman for the Jonesboro Police Department.  He has maintained his law enforcement certification to this day, serving as a volunteer deputy sheriff in Poinsett County, Arkansas.  In 2008, The Arkansas Sheriff’s Association named Dustin “Arkansas’s 76th Sheriff,” an honor previously bestowed only once to the late Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.

Bar Admissions 

  • Arkansas
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Tax Court United States District Court - Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit

Education

William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D.

University of Arkansas, B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

National Association of Attorneys General's Energy and Environment Committee

National Association of Attorneys General's Public Safety and Health Committee

National Association of Attorneys General’s Southern Region

National Association of Attorneys General’s Tobacco Committee 

Democratic Attorneys General Association

Society of Attorneys General Emeritus 

Arkansas House of Representatives 

University of Arkansas Alumni Association 

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