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CODY
KEES

Phone: 501-374-1107

Facsimile: 501-374-5092

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PERSONAL STATEMENT

 

Cody Kees is a trial attorney at BBK with a focus on employment, business, municipality and personal injury litigation.  Cody began practicing law in 2012, and prior to joining BBK in 2016, he spent four years with a Little Rock civil defense firm, primarily handling insurance defense litigation.

At BBK, Cody regularly represents school districts, municipalities and small businesses in litigation and as general counsel, advising in the areas of contracts, labor disputes, shareholder disputes, wage and hour law, disability law, civil rights law and public board governance.

Cody is active in the firm’s representation of school clients across the state, routinely handling administrative hearings ranging from employment matters to special education disputes.  As a special education lawyer, Cody has the distinction of being one of only a handful of lawyers in Arkansas practicing in this specialized area.   Cody has handled hundreds of administrative hearings under the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and Arkansas Public Fair Employee Fair Hearing Act.

Cody regularly litigates and provides legal training in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Freedom of Information Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Cody’s in depth understanding of these laws allows him to provide pre-litigation counsel and also a zealous defense of his clients if the matter proceeds to state or federal court.

Cody regularly practices in federal court and to date has tried four federal jury cases to verdict.  Cody also handles state and federal appeals, and has appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for arguments on three occasions, prevailing for his client each time.

Cody is regularly called upon to provide legal training to various education groups, and to date has provided legal training to every school board in the State.  Cody annually trains new superintendents and school board members, which gives him the unique perspective of understanding the needs of his clients.

In addition to a robust public sector practice, Cody represents private clients in business and employment matters.   Cody has represented shareholders in disputes related to their businesses and private sector employees related to the termination of their duties.

In 2021, Cody was appointed by Governor Hutchinson as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding a case over the State’s sovereign immunity.  See Ark. Dep't of Fin. & Admin. v. Lewis, 2021 Ark. 213

When out of the office, Cody serves as an Alderman for the City of Cammack Village and is active with his family in their church, Fellowship Midtown. Cody has been married to Blake since 2011 and they have three young children; Parker, Whit and Posey.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

  • ​General civil litigation

  • Employment law

  • Education law

  • School district litigation

  • Civil rights litigation 

  • Business litigation

  • Shareholder Disputes

  • Personal injury

 

ADMITTED

 

  • Arkansas and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Divisions of Arkansas

  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Supreme Court

 

EDUCATION

 

  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) – J.D. 2012

  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) – B.S. (Public Administration and Accounting) 2009

  • White Hall High School—2005

 

MEMBER

 

  • ​President, Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Corporation, UA Chapter

  • Pulaski County Bar Association

  • Arkansas Bar Association

  • Hat Club of Little Rock

ATTORNEY PROFILES

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