Civil Litigation | Appellate Advocacy

Carol Nixon Ricketts


1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 190
Little Rock, AR 72201-2939
P: 501-850-0015
F: 501-372-3617

Ms. Ricketts’ practice focuses on complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy. Ms. Ricketts uses her appellate knowledge to assist clients at all stages of litigation, from initial case development through post-trial appeals. She is actively involved in developing case strategy and identifying legal and factual issues for motions and to ensure preservation of appellate issues. Ms. Ricketts has extensive experience and success in drafting pre- and post-trial motions, including significant dispositive motions. Ms. Ricketts is also responsible for actions to enforce arbitration agreements and with assisting with the defense of clients in arbitration proceedings. In addition to her litigation and appellate practice, Ms. Ricketts regularly lectures health care providers on issues involving risk management and regulatory compliance.

Representative Experience

Representation of healthcare providers in complex civil litigation;

Responsible for Administrative Appeals of agency findings, including immediate jeopardy deficiencies and associated penalties;

Author of “Cutting Off Its Nose To Spite Its Face: How the Arkansas Resident’s Rights Statute Is Defeating Its Purpose of Improving Quality of Care to Nursing Home Residents by Crippling the Nursing Homes Themselves” , 29 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 597 (Spring 2007).


  • B.A., magna cum laude, Hendrix College, 2005
  • J.D., with high honors, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2008


  • Research Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

Admitted to Practice

  • Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas


  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Health Lawyers Association