David L. Dunagin, Attorney at Law


  • BA Political Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1978,Juris Doctorate, University of Arkansas School of Law, 1984
  • Graduate, Amphibious Warfare School, United States Marine Corps, 1988

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas Supreme Court, 1984
  • United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 1990


Past Employment:
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1979-2000; Major, retired
  • Sebastian County Public Defender’s Office, 1988 – 1996


Noteworthy Cases:

USA v. Louis Ray Beam, 1988. Mr. Beam along with 13 others was charged with attempting to overthrow the United States Government. Mr. Beam was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List when he was arrested in Mexico. He was found not guilty in a jury trial that lasted over 6 weeks. I was appointed by the court as the lead attorney for Mr. Beam.


Stultz v. State 92, Ark. App. 204 (2005) The trial court lacks authority to revoke a suspended sentence before the commencement of the period of suspension.


Carson v. State, 363 Ark. 158 (2005) A police officer’s failure to advise a defendant that he had a right to refuse his consent to a warrantless search of his residence violated the defendant’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.



David Dunagin grew up in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas. His family has been in Arkansas since 1844. After his first year of law school, he joined the Marines and served for three years as an artillery officer. Returning to school he obtained his JD in July 1984 and passed the Arkansas Bar exam that same month. David was offered a job in the oil and gas business as a landman, buying natural gas leases in the River Valley. In 1985 he went to work for a small law firm where he served as city prosecutor for Hackett, Mansfield, Charleston, and Hartford; in 1986 he opened his own office. In May, 1988, after the end of the Sedition Trial, David went to work for the Sebastian County Public Defender’s Office, handling numerous felony cases that involved drugs, robbery, rape, and murder. In 1997 he opened a branch office of an abstract company, and did work with other attorneys. In 2004 David Dunagin opened his law office at its current location, where he has handled numerous criminal cases involving drugs, sex crimes, crimes of violence, assisted in a capital murder jury trial, and filed numerous bankruptcy cases for people needing assistance in handling their financial affairs. At times he has served as substitute city attorney for the City of Fort Smith and as substitute District Court Judge, which handles misdemeanor cases and conducts preliminary hearings on felony cases.

David Dunagin served in the United States Marine Corps on both active duty and in the reserves. He was the Executive Officer of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, assigned to the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, as an infantry officer, during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was involved in the liberation of Kuwait, being in Kuwait City on the day the fighting ended. He has been awarded the Combat Action Ribbon.