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Scotty Dale Douthit

Scotty Dale Douthit, of Russellville, Arkansas, was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to be Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission effective January 20, 2015, for a six-year term.

By law, the Chairman must be an attorney, and Chairman Douthit is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a licensed attorney since 1995. Prior to law school, Chairman Douthit graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Chairman Douthit first began his legal career working for the Eddy Law Firm in Russellville, Arkansas, before starting his own firm with Partner Jeff Phillips, The Phillips and Douthit Law Firm, in 1996. In private practice, Chairman Douthit handled domestic relations, criminal defense, bankruptcy, Social Security, personal injury, real estate, and civil rights cases. While in private practice, Chairman Douthit also served Arkansas' Fifth Judicial District as a deputy prosecuting attorney, and attorney for the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force.

In November of 2004, Chairman Douthit was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission where he served District 6 for over a decade

As Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, he serves on the Board of Kids Chance of Arkansas, a charitable organization which provides scholarships to the children of Arkansas workers, whose parents were killed or left permanently and totally disabled due to job related injury.

Chairman Douthit resides in Russellville, Arkansas, with his wife Tracy and son Scott Douthit III.


Philip A. Hood

Philip Alan Hood, was appointed Commissioner by Governor Mike Beebe on January 9, 2007, as the labor representative for the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission.

Commissioner Hood was appointed by the governor to a six-year term after serving an appointment at another state agency, the Workforce Investment Board, which links employers and jobseekers through a statewide delivery system. He had been there since 2004.

Commissioner Hood is a product of the Little Rock public school system. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Returning to Arkansas after graduation, Commissioner Hood obtained several licenses and certifications, including a multi-line insurance license and a Series 7 Securities license. He had operated as a professional in the insurance and financial services industry in the state of Arkansas since 1995.

Commissioner Hood is a member of the Office Professional Employees International Union Local 105, where he presently serves as president. Previously, while affiliated with the air transportation industry, he was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers where he served as president for more than a thousand members of his local.

He currently serves the membership of the Arkansas AFL-CIO as an executive board member and committee member for both the Pension and Legislative committees.

Commissioner Hood is active in his church and community. He resides in Little Rock with his wife and two children.


Christopher L. Palmer

Chris Palmer is a University of Arkansas School of law alumni and graduate of Hendrix College. Chris has extensive legal experience in the areas of litigation, mediation, mortgage banking/real estate related litigation and criminal defense. He served as head of the litigation department for one of the largest mortgage bank firms in the state of Arkansas. Chris gained early trial experience while in the office of the prosecuting attorney. He served as the Division Chief over the division of sexual assault and domestic violence and later as the Division Chief over the drug task force.

By Governor's appointment Chris has served on numerous committees including the Alcohol Beverage control Board. He was also appointed circuit judge to fill a vacancy left upon the appointment of Jay Moody to the federal bench.

Additionally, Chris is a member of the Arkansas and Tennessee Bar Association, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served under the late Judge Stephen M. Reasoner on the executive committee for the Henry Woods Inns of Court and a member of William Overton Inns of Court.

Chris was born in Summit, New Jersey. He was admitted to the Bar of the state of Arkansas in 1985 and, in to the Bar of Tennessee in 1998. He was also previously certified in the field of general civil matters in 2002 and in the field of family law in 2005.


State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131

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