Michael Kiel Kaiser

Michael Kiel Kaiser

Associate Attorney
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mike believes the key to a successful representation is to identify a client's goals early on, and the aggressively seek innovative ways to meet those goals. Mike employs an aggressive pre-trial motions practice t achieve the best results for his clients. Mike believes in being blunt. He does not tell clients what they want to hear, but instead what they NEED to hear. He believes in keeping client informed of the nature and progress of their case, and in working with them closely throughout the process.

After working as a public defender in courts throughout Pulaski County from 2015 to 2016, Mike understands the potentially life-altering consequences that a single traffic ticket or seemingly minor charge can have on a person's life, let alone a felony. He works hard to ensure that collateral consequences of any arrest or conviction are minimal, thinking about how today's actions may affect clients years down the line. He approaches each case with the same passion and gusto, whether the client faces a fine, a loss of some privilege, or life behind bars. Mike's passion extends beyond his work at the James Law Firm. He has spoken to residents at Our House about how to get the most out of their appointed counsel, volunteered at several local Homeless Court events, and takes on multiple pro bono and reduced-fee cases annually.

Mike has represented thousands of Arkansans accused of crimes, specializing in the areas drug crime; DWI; juvenile delinquency; and criminal appeals. Mike is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High School, an avid cyclist, and an active volunteer with the local Jewish Food Fest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arkansas.

Areas of Practice

  • 65% Criminal Defense
  • 15% Appellate Law - Criminal
  • 2% Juvenile Delinquency
  • 15% DWI/DUI
  • 3% Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2017


  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    • J.D. cum laude - 2014
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: Arkansas Law Review, Production Editor, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 2011
    • Major: Communication
    • Minor: Sociology
    • Minor: Anthropology

Published Works

  • Blucford v. Arkansas: Why the United States Supreme Court's Construction of Arkansas's Criminal Transitional Jury Instruction is Not Binding on Arkansas, Arkansas LAw Review, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2013
  • Wrongful Convictions: If Mandatory Recording is the Antidote, Are the Side Effects Worth It?, Arkansas LAw Review, Vol. 67, No. 1, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Client's Choice Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers , 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016 - Present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Pulaski County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2015 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rights After Wrongs: A Day of Service, A Lifetime of Change, January 13, 2018 - Present


  • English (Primary)