Votaw Law

Votaw Law

Serving Fort Smith, Arkansas & Surrounding Areas

"You've never met a lawyer like me!"  - Phil Votaw

Who Is Phil Votaw?

I’m Phil Votaw. You want to know why I became a lawyer? It’s because for years I watched insurance companies and big businesses absolutely run over people who did not have lots of money and influence! That is where I come in. Let me be YOUR equalizer!

My goal in my practice is to give access to the civil justice system to those who don’t have money. The insurance companies have millions, and sometimes billions of dollars to fight against you. For example, if they need to spend $5,000 to hire an expert to beat you in trial they have it. If you don’t have $5,000, you’re going to lose! That’s why you need an attorney who is willing to put his money where his mouth is, and spend the money it takes to win your case!

Meet The Team

Team Member
Phil Votaw

I started my firm in 2008. I’m the face of the firm, but the true heart and soul of my firm is my staff! They are all dedicated to taking care of each of our clients, no matter how big or small their case is! Great people to work with!

Team Member
Janise "Radar" Johnson
Office Manager & Legal Assistant

Janise has been with me the longest, and she is my right hand. She is my office manager, and the person that keeps me in line and on time!! She is also known for her grace and coordination around the office (NOT)!

Team Member
Billie "Silver Fox" Monroe
Legal Secretary

Billie is the newest member to the team, but by no means the least experienced. She is the first impression people get of our office, and we could not be better represented. She also has great taste in clothes and picks out everyone’s outfits for the week just for fun!


Areas of Practice

We are a Full Service, Personal Injury Law Firm

Car Wrecks

Car Insurance Companies are GREAT at taking your premium dollars, but get really tough when it comes to getting them to pay out when their insured hurts you!! In my experience they respond to one thing, the threat of having a great lawyer and client team take them to a jury and MAKE them pay more than they want! Let me be part of your team!

Social Security Disability

The Social Security system is broken. Our government has not done a good job managing OUR money. So when someone is disabled and NEEDS their help, they look for every way possible to deny money and medical care to as many claimants as possible. There is hope though, in the form of an attorney who will help you through the process of getting to a judge!

Medical Malpractice

Everyone makes mistakes. But there are some who are downright negligent, careless, and ruthless when it comes to the care and well-keeping of those who have entrusted them with their lives. Should they be entitled to write off the damage they’ve caused? I don’t think so.

Worker's Comp

If you are injured while working on the job you are most likely entitled to compensation! Worker’s Compensation cases are very tricky. Many times I find other ways to get compensation for On The Job injuries, and I have other attorneys I work closely with who will help you in your fight directly against your employers’ insurance company. But I can’t help you if you don’t call me, so CALL ME!

What Do Clients Say?

Our Process

Free Consultation

Free! Like, totally FREE! I want to talk to you about your case. You may well have a case and you just don’t know it. I’m really good and finding cases where other lawyers just don’t see one. So don’t hesitate, call me ASAP and we will figure it out together!

Evaluation Of Your Case

Once we decide that there IS a case, then my job is to clearly and quickly identify the strong points of your case as well as the weak points. That’s where my experience of 20 years in the Personal Injury business kicks in. I know my stuff, and I’m here to help you with it!


Not all cases are created equal. In fact, no two cases are ever alike! In my experience, I will get a better result for you negotiating your case with the insurance company. I study their tactics, as well as HOW they evaluate cases. I try lawsuits for a living. So if the insurance adjuster tries to blow smoke at me, I know when to tell them to “take a flying leap” and go to trial!

To Sue or Not to Sue

That is the question! But it is a VERY important question. There are pros and cons to filing a lawsuit, and there are different factors that come into play with every single case. So if the negotiations with the insurance company fail, you and I will sit down and discuss all the pros and cons so that you can make an informed and educated decision. In my business, this stage is as real as it gets!

Litigation and Trial

The most important factor here is, “Are you going to trial with someone experienced at trying lawsuits?” With me, the answer is YES! Unfortunately, fewer and fewer Personal Injury lawyers out there actually take cases to trial. Some are afraid, some can’t afford the risk, some just aren’t good at it. But I believe that only signals to the insurance companies to offer less money cause they don’t have anything to lose. If your case needs to go to a jury, I’ll take it to the jury!

Frequently Asked Questions

Get In Touch

Call Us For a Consulation

9 N. 9th Street Fort Smith, AR 72901 479.434.6200 phil@votawlaw.com votawlaw.com