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David Sterling

Attorney David Sterling is an experienced litigator with over 25 years of experience in a variety of legal settings, including in small, large, and government firm environments.  He is a founding partner at Cox, Sterling, Vandiver and Botteicher, PLLC and practices general business and commercial litigation, employment law, real estate litigation, and health law.

Mr. Sterling previously served over six years, by appointment of Governor Asa Hutchinson, as Chief Counsel at the Arkansas Department of Human Services – the State’s largest agency with over 7,500 employees and a budget of approximately $10 billion.  There, he supervised over 80 attorneys and a staff of over 160 employees throughout the state providing legal representation to the Department and its 9 program divisions. Mr. Sterling also served as General Counsel at the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, overseeing its legal department for almost two years.

Mr. Sterling has received an “AV” peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell for his high ethical standards and preeminent legal ability.  An “AV” rating is the highest possible rating and means that the lawyer has been rated by his peers as “Very High to Preeminent” in terms of his professional ability and expertise, and as “Very High” in terms of his adherence to the professional standards of conduct and ethics.

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Practice Highlights

Licensed to practice before:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • Arkansas Supreme Court

AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell Rating, 2011-2015

Mid-South Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2011-2015

Professional History

Founder and Partner at Cox, Sterling, Vandiver & Botteicher, PLLC, 2008-present

General Counsel – Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, 2021-23

Chief Counsel – Arkansas Department of Human Services, 2015-21

Barber Law Firm, PLLC, 2004-08

Allen Law Firm (H. William Allen), 1998-2004


J.D., UALR Bowen School of Law, 1997

M.A., Public Administration, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1994

B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1992

American Bar Association 1994-present

  • Section of Litigation, Leadership 2006-present
  • ABA House of Delegates, 2005-2008
  • Young Lawyers Division, Leadership 2001-2008

Arkansas Bar Association 1994-present

  • House of Delegates, 2001-2007
  • Frank C. Elcan Leadership Award, 2005

Christian Legal Society, 1994-present

Federalist Society, 1994-present

Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2004-present

Contact Information

8201 Cantrell Rd., Suite 230

Little Rock, Arkansas 72227

Phone: (501) 954-8073