Ben Catterlin and Makenzie Arnold Co-founders of Catterlin & Arnold Law Firm

Makenzie Arnold, a native of Searcy County, Arkansas, was raised along the Buffalo River before relocating to Fayetteville. Her scholarly journey led her to graduate from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She continued her pursuit of legal expertise by obtaining a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Upon passing the Arkansas Bar, Makenzie began her legal profession as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Arkansas in Harrison, where her focus primarily centered on Family Law.

During her tenure in Harrison, Makenzie ardently served the legal needs of seven counties for two years. In February 2017, she transitioned to the Springdale Legal Aid office, expanding her scope to cover Washington, Madison, and Benton counties. Makenzie developed substantial experience handling thousands of cases and established robust relationships with judges and fellow attorneys across Arkansas. Her practice also involved defending debtors from debt collection and representing individuals in social security disability appeals.

Following three years of dedicated service at Legal Aid, Makenzie joined forces with Ben Catterlin to pursue zealous representation. She is driven by the belief that a client’s success hinges on her commitment as an attorney to solving their problems. Makenzie strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients, leveraging her extensive experience and dedication.

Ben Catterlin, a respected attorney and co-founder of Catterlin & Arnold Law Firm, has achieved acclaim for his commitment to excellence since establishing the firm in 2017. Situated in Lowell, Arkansas, the firm has grown to become the youngest and largest of its kind in the region under his leadership. Mr. Catterlin and his partner have built a team comprising six attorneys and five support staff members, all contributing significantly to the firm’s success.

Specializing in criminal defense, Catterlin & Arnold Law Firm offers legal expertise across various areas, including bankruptcy, estate preparation, family law, landlord-tenant law, personal injury, and immigration law. Mr. Catterlin’s reputation as a steadfast and admired lawyer stems from his unwavering approach to representing clients vigorously, irrespective of their cases.

Mr. Catterlin’s journey began in 2014 as a clerk for the Washington County Public Defender’s Office, where he gained substantial trial experience managing thousands of cases. In 2016, he joined Norwood and Norwood PA in Rogers, Arkansas, which is recognized as one of the most significant criminal firms in Northwest Arkansas. Leveraging his experience, Mr. Catterlin established his practice in 2017, driven by an unwavering resolve and passion for helping others.

To stay at the forefront of the legal community, Mr. Catterlin actively engages with the local chamber of commerce and supports local drug court programs through donations. He accepted a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Northeastern State University in 2008 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2014. He was admitted to practice by the Arkansas Bar Association.

Remaining an active member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington County Bar Association, Mr. Catterlin was recognized as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers in 2022. He plans to expand his law firm in the next six to eight months, intending to hire two experienced attorneys to contribute to the firm’s continued growth.





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