Barbara Womack Webb
Barbara Womack Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a licensed attorney since 1982.
Prior to law school, Webb graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending the
University of Arkansas, she was named to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Henry M. Alexander Award as the highest ranking Political Science graduate.
From 1982-1987, she worked as an attorney for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Arkansas and Oklahoma. From
1987-1997, she became a partner in the law firm of Eichenbaum, Scott, Miller, Liles & Heister, P.A., in Little Rock. From 1997-2002, she served as the
Prosecuting Attorney for the 7th and 22nd Judicial Districts. In 2003, she returned to private practice with the law firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms,
Tull & Burrow, PLLC in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In 2005, Webb was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission where
she served District 5 and presided in compliance cases involving uninsured employers. She has served as President and Parliamentarian of the Arkansas
Association of Administrative Adjudicators. She has also served as a member of the Public Information Committee and the Committee for a Modern Judiciary
for the Arkansas Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, she served as a Special Associate
Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Benton City Council Alderman and Shannon Hills City Court Judge. In addition, she served on the Arkansas Ethics
Commission, Arkansas State Crime Lab Board, Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Prosecuting Attorney's Association Board, and the U.S. Department
of Justice Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
She has been active in her community and church as Moderator of the Presbytery of Arkansas, Elder and Deacon in her
local church, Legal Counsel to the Ouachita Area Boy Scout Council, President of the Royal Players, Inc., and instrumental in the establishment of Safe
Haven, Inc., a shelter for domestic violence victims in Saline County.
J. Michael Helms
J. Michael Helms is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Little Rock. He graduated with Honors in December of 1997 and was licensed to practice law the following year. Prior to attending law school, he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1995.
Upon receiving his license to practice law, Helms started the Helms Law Firm in Little Rock and was engaged in the general practice of law. From 2000-2005, he was the managing partner with the law firm of Moore, Serio, Bishop & Helms in Clarendon, Arkansas. While living in Clarendon, Helms was elected as city attorney and served a four year term before moving back to Little Rock.
Upon returning to Little Rock, Helms reopened his own law practice under the name of J. Michael Helms, P.L.L.C. He served as a public defender for Johnson County, Arkansas, as well as handling conflict cases in the Fifth Judicial District. While in private practice, Helms mostly represented banking institutions, large farming operations, criminal defendants, juveniles, and families.
Before becoming the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2015, Helms briefly served as an attorney in the enforcement section of the Arkansas Securities Department.
Helms lives in Little Rock with his wife Amber and children Carlie, Noah and Olivia.
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Workers' Compensation Commission
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P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
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