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Career Highlights

Adjunct Professor of White-Collar Crime, William H. Bowen School of Law (formerly the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law), 2006 to 2012
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, William H. Bowen School of Law (formerly the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law), 1977 to 1999
Senior Attorney at The Perroni Law Firm, 1979 to 2008
• Emphasis on white-collar criminal defense
• Named one of The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Law, by Naifeh and Smith, Harvard Law School, 1986 to 2008
Legal Analyst for KARK-TV (NBC), Little Rock, Arkansas, 1994 to 1998
Commentator for KARN-FM Radio, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1994 to 1995 during the O.J. Simpson case
Presenter and Lecturer at numerous seminars for the Arkansas Bar Association’s Center for Professional Development, 1977 to 2005
Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas State Supreme Court in the case of Addison v. State, 298 Ark. 1, 765 S.W.2d 566 (1989), authored the majority opinion
Department of Justice Special Prosecutor in the case of United States v. Allison, 619 F.2d 1254 (8th Cir. 1980), first RICO white-collar crime case prosecuted in the Eastern District of Arkansas
Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 1974 to 1979; last three years were devoted almost exclusively to white-collar crime prosecution

Select Published Works

  • Perroni, Setting the Record Straight on State v. John Ingram Purtle: Reflections on the Great Dissenter, 34 Univ. Ark. Little Rock Law Rev. 135 (Fall 2011)
  • Kind Eyes, a historical fiction novel available on Amazon.com (2009)
  • Opening Statements in the trials of State of Arkansas v. John I. Purtle (sitting Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court) and United States v. David J. Jones (former owner and general manager of a Little Rock TV station) published in Julien Opening Statements § 5A.06 (1996 Cumulative Supplement and 2002 Cumulative Supplement)
  • Perroni and McNutt, Criminal Contingency Fee Agreements: How Fair Are They? UALR Law Journal, 16:2 UALR L.J. (1994)
  • Perroni and Berry, Law, Psychology and Paper Moons, The Arkansas Lawyer (1993)
  • Perroni, The Wiechern Trial: A Basket Full of Questions, The Arkansas Lawyer (1991)
  • Perroni, Proposed Sentencing Guidelines: A Sweeping Change, The Arkansas Lawyer (1987)
  • Perroni, Impeachment of One’s Own Witness by Prior Inconsistent Statements Under the Federal and Arkansas Rules of Evidence, UALR Law Journal, 1:2 (1978)
  • Perroni, The Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Case Involving Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism and Legal Causation, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly, 22 Med. Tr. T.Q. 8 (1974)

Community Service

  • Elder and Deacon at Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Founder of Arkansas’ Ronald McDonald House (home away from home for parents of children hospitalized at Arkansas Children’s Hospital); Board President from 1979 to 1985 and 1998 to 2000; Treasurer from 2001 to 2005; Board Member from 1980 to 2007
  • Founder and Board Member Emeritus of Parents & Friends of Children and Adults, Inc., which built and operates the Home for Healing, formerly UAMS Family Home, (home away from home for cancer patients and parents of premature babies); Board Member and President from 2000 to 2007
  • Founder and Legal Advisor of The Harrison House (home away from home for transplant patients); Board Vice President from 1988 to 1993
  • Founder, President and Board Member of The American Foundation for Judicial Accountability (judicial rating service for lawyers and litigants), 2013 to present
  • Board Vice President and Legal Advisor for Pulaski County Humane Society, 1988 to 1990
  • President of Little Rock Civitan Club, 1989

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Juris Doctor (with honors), 1974 William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock Division

B.S. in Business Administration; Majors: Accounting and Management, 1970 Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

Honors and Awards

  • William H. Bowen School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999)
  • Civitan International, Ozark District, Citizen of the Year Award (1990-1991)
  • Nominated for the President’s Volunteer Action Award (1990)
  • KARK Channel 4 and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism Community Service Award (1989)
  • Civitan of the Year Award (1986 and 1987)
  • Pulaski County Bar Association Lawyer Citizen Award (1984 and 2003)
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation Outstanding Lawyer Humanitarian Award (1981)
  • Classroom named for Samuel A. Perroni in the William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas (2019)