Joseph Self is an attorney with an office in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His practice is primarily in western Arkansas. Self handles criminal defense matters, as well as personal injury, divorce / family law cases, bankruptcy, Social Security disability and other civil matters. He is also certified by the Arkansas Supreme Court to be a mediator in civil and family matters.
Self graduated from Havana – now Western Yell County High School, before earning a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech and his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law in 1982.
After graduation, Self joined the Crawford/Sebastian County prosecuting attorney’s office where he remained until 1987, when he went into private practice. From 1990 until late 2008 he owned and operated Self Law Firm, before returning to the prosecutor’s office as the Chief Deputy in January, 2009.
While at the prosecutor’s office, Self was assigned to several homicides and major drug cases, was in charge of the Drug Court program and handled several jury trials.
Self left the prosecutor’s office in August, 2010 to return to private practice. His office is located at 6301 Highway 45, Suite C in Fort Smith.
Self has handled hundreds of cases in court, ranging from divorce and child custody, to criminal matters as serious as murder, as well as contract disputes and traffic accidents. He has tried several dozen cases before a jury over his 29 year career. Self has served as a mediator in more than 100 cases.