Joel F. Hoover


Newland & Associates, PLLC
2228 Cottondale Lane
Suite 220
Little Rock, AR 72202

Tel: 501.221.9393


Joel Hoover is an accomplished construction lawyer successfully representing clients in all aspects of construction law and litigation since 2001. He is a trusted advisor who regularly provides counsel on the legal issues that routinely arise in a contractor’s business, while also serving as an effective advocate when clients face disputes. He serves as panel defense counsel for various insurers, and has been retained to represent clients in construction defect, personal injury, and surety claims stemming from construction activities.

Mr. Hoover has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated all types of construction disputes, and is active in state and federal courts in Arkansas, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  His experience in jury trials and bench trials ranges from litigating issues involving heavy highway construction, utilities, and airport construction to multi-million dollar commercial building disputes.

During the 2015 Arkansas General Assembly, Mr. Hoover assisted in an advisory capacity with the revision of Arkansas’s hold harmless statute pertaining to construction contracts (Ark. Code Ann. §4-56-104).  He has also recently assisted with revisions to Arkansas’s surety statute (Ark. Code Ann. §18-44-501, et seq.).

Mr. Hoover is a former adjunct professor of Construction Contracts & Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Mid-South as one of the top lawyers in the areas of Construction and Business Litigation, and has been named a Super Lawyer since 2014.

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, J.D., with Honors
  • University of Arkansas, B.S., Accounting
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Construction Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Council Chairman, 2015
  • Associated General Contractors, member
  • Construction Law Section of the American Bar Association, member
Honors and Awards
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2014-2023
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013

Our firm represents owners, contractors, construction managers, developers, design professionals, sureties, insurance companies, and suppliers in all aspects of the construction process.  This includes bidding, document preparation, contract negotiation and formation, contract performance, financing, warranty issues, litigation, mechanics and materialman’s liens, claim resolution, and lobbying for legislation beneficial to the construction industry.  We have some of the most qualified professionals in the construction industry, and we are committed to your success.

We understand that construction projects do not always go as planned and there may arise a need for our clients to file or defend a construction lawsuit.  Because we know the construction business, we are more effective construction litigators.  Our litigation attorneys have experience handling jury trials in both federal and state courts as well as matters before private arbitrators.  We are well versed in issues that commonly arise in construction disputes such as delay damages, critical path analysis, design errors, differing site conditions, subcontractor defaults, and payment and cancellation issues.

Whether pursuing or defending a construction lawsuit, our litigation attorneys will help you analyze your goals and develop a strategy designed to obtain those goals.  Some cases deserve a final decision by a court or arbitrator, while other situations require settlement strategies that save time and money.  In either situation, our attorneys will utilize their knowledge of the construction industry to help you present your best case.

We represent clients of all sizes from individuals to corporations grossing over $1 Billion. Our main focus is to help our clients’ businesses operate more efficiently by providing the highest quality professional services.  We also look for opportunities to provide pro bono services in our community.

Our professionals possess high credentials, receive ongoing continuing education, maintain strong community ties, are committed to the pursuit of excellence, communicate effectively, and demonstrate strict personal and professional ethics as well as the utmost concern for client confidentiality.

We utilize technology and cost-effective methods to provide services in a timely, client-oriented manner and a friendly, professional environment.  Our approach focuses on each individual client’s background, needs, and goals.  We are committed to responding promptly to telephone calls and reporting on projects regularly.