Autumn Tolbert works in the firm’s criminal defense practice group where she represents clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency petitions. Her practice also includes post-conviction cases, including criminal and sex offender classification appeals, Rule 37 petitions and clemency requests. Autumn also handles select civil and family law matters, including Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, administrative appeals, divorce and custody issues, protective orders and University of Arkansas student conduct hearings and appeals.
Autumn graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2006. While in law school, she participated in the school’s Innocence Project Clinic, was selected as a Moot Court traveling team member and served as the President of the Student Chapter of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She worked as a law clerk for the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourth Judicial District and in the Public Protection Division for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
She has over decade of experience as a deputy public defender for the Fourth and Nineteenth Judicial Districts and has handled thousands of cases, including capital murders, juvenile transfer hearings, DWIs, sex offense and drug cases. She has been in private practice since 2016.
Outside of the office, Autumn works as an award-winning political columnist for the Arkansas Times. She has provided commentary on politics and the law on AETN, KUAF and classes at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas. Autumn is often asked to present to attorneys and community organizations, speaking on topics ranging from the Fourth Amendment, juvenile rights and directed verdict motions.
She is the recipient of a Partnership Award from the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and the President’s award from the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She coached the traveling trial team at the University of Arkansas School of Law for several years and is a board member for Pantry Gift, the non-profit arm of the Little Free Pantry program.