Paul ChartonAttorney at Law
Relevant Experience:Mr. Charton worked in Washington, DC from 1993-1999 before returning to Arkansas. He has been at Catlett Law Firm since 2000. He has an extensive background in government affairs and regulatory issues. His educational background focused on international and intercultural relations. Mr. Charton is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and he is a registered lobbyist.
Mr. Charton’s first exposure to immigration was in 1989 helping asylum and refugee seekers prepare applications through the International Institute of Minnesota. Today, Mr. Charton practices immigration law in all areas, including: family-based immigration; employment based immigration; deportation defense; immigration related criminal matters; and asylum and refugee applications. Mr. Charton’s immigration assistance helps families stay united and helps businesses succeed when they cannot find U.S. workers with the necessary experience or expertise. Permanent residency green cards can, and often are, a person’s ticket to prosperity in America. Mr. Charton’s immigration experience has helped many families and businesses thrive.
He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Marion Berry, handling foreign affairs, trade, agriculture, and defense, among many other issues. While on staff for the Congressman, Mr. Charton served on a United States Environmental Protection Agency task force for pesticide re-registration.
Prior to employment with Congressman Berry, Mr. Charton served as the Political Manager for a national trade association in Washington, DC. He served as the initial and primary contact for candidates running in federal elections. Mr. Charton provided political analysis for special election coverage in the association’s magazine. Mr. Charton designed and implemented independent political advertisements for congressional candidates in targeted key races.
Since joining Catlett Law Firm, PLC, Mr. Charton has used his background in politics and government to help clients navigate the government processes. His drafting skills and experience have been utilized in a variety of ways, from preparing ballot initiatives, to drafting municipal ordinances, to drafting planks of a political party platform, along with the more traditional legal documents, such as drafting amicus briefs for appellate clients.
Published Works:Frying Pan or Fire: Legal Fallout From the Contested 2000 Presidential Election, 29 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 669-678 (2007).
Sixteen Years of Litigation Under the Arkansas Civil Rights Act:
Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going, 32 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 173-213 (2010).
Contact Information:Tel: +1.501.725.8472
Education:Oxford Overseas Program, through Hendrix College (1989)
Hendrix College (B.A. 1990)
Departmental Scholarship Recipient
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (J.D. 2002)
Academic Scholarship Recipient
Law Review, Assistant Editor
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