Attorney Michelle Browning
Attorney Michelle Browning
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Michelle L. Browning

Professional Experience

Michelle Browning is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience defending claims of professional liability. Her clients include major healthcare systems (both for profit and non-profit), healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies and physicians in a wide range of specialties. She represents clients in litigated matters of all sizes, with an emphasis on catastrophic damages cases. She completed certification in healthcare compliance (CHC)® by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® in 2016.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Successfully trying post-COVID civil cases, including several multi-million-dollar civil cases all of which resulted in defense verdicts for the client.
  • Serving as a Faculty Member at the 45th Annual International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2017.


Browning is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Arkansas Chapter; a Fellow of the International Association of Defense Counsel; a member of the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates and Board of Governors; and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (2016-2018). She is the former chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (2006-2007) and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Arkansas Bar Foundation (2008).

A frequent speaker at seminars for the National Business Institute on Medical Malpractice and Civil Litigation, Browning has also received the following awards and honors:

  • Chambers USA: Ranked in Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense in Arkansas (2017-2023, 2015, 2011)
  • Soiree Magazine Little Rock’s Best Lawyers (2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2008-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice Defense, Civil Litigation Defense (2013-2023)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2008, 2010-2012
  • Soiree Magazine Women to Watch (2010)
  • Recipient, Arkansas Bar Foundation’s Legal Writing award for the article “The Charitable Immunity Doctrine – Where are We Now?” published in the Arkansas Lawyer (Fall 2007)
  • Recipient, W.A. Eldredge, Jr. Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award (Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel) (2007)
  • Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leaders (2007)
  • Recipient, Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Award of Excellence (2004)
  • Recipient, Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Distinguished Service Award (2003)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award, Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly (2000)

Community Involvement

Browning enjoyed being a member of the Thea Foundation Board of Directors from 2012-2018, where she served as president of the board from 2016-2018. She has also been active with the Centers for Youth & Families, where she served on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Since 2012, Browning has coached the Catholic High and Mount St. Mary’s mock trial teams, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences.

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