“Justice doesn’t just happen. Get with me, and let’s go get it!”

Michael Kiel Kaiser, Little Rock Attorney

“A man of his word, caring, compassionate, and ruthless all at the same time.”
– Brent, former client

The Jewish Bulldog™

Mike believes the key to a successful representation is to identify a client’s goals early, and then constantly seek innovative ways to achieve those goals. Mike employs an aggressive pre-trial motions practice to achieve the best results for his clients. Mike believes in being blunt. He does not tell clients what they want to hear, but instead what they NEED to hear, the raw and uncut only. He believes in keeping client informed of the nature and progress of their case, and in working with them closely throughout the process.

After working as a public defender in courts throughout Pulaski and Perry Counties in 2015-16, Mike understands the potentially life-altering consequences a single traffic ticket or seemingly minor charge can have on a person’s life, let alone a felony. He works hard to ensure that collateral consequences of any arrest or conviction are minimal, thinking about how today’s actions may affect the client years down the line. He approaches each case with the same passion and gusto, whether the client faces a fine, a loss of some privilege, or life behind bars. Mike’s passion extends beyond his work. He has spoken to residents at Our House about how to get the most out of their appointed counsel, volunteered at several local Homeless Court events and sealing clinics, and takes on multiple pro bono and reduced-fee cases annually. He has also taught continuing-education courses to attorneys around Arkansas on a variety of topics, and has testified multiple times before the Arkansas General Assembly regarding criminal laws. Mike Kaiser has represented thousands of Arkansans accused of crimes, focusing primarily on violent crimes; drug crimes, DWI; juvenile delinquency; and criminal appeals.

Mike is a proud graduate of THE Little Rock Central High School, an avid disc golfer and cyclist, and an active volunteer with the local Jewish Food Fest. He is a second-generation lawyer, and proudly states that he “gets it from his mama.”


University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR

Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2014

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, May 2011 Minors in Anthropology and Sociology

Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, AR

Class of 2007


Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member, 2019-present

Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Practice Committee, 2020-present

Public Service

University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program interviewer, 2013-present

Arkansas Bar Association High School Mock Trial, volunteer judge

Arkansas Bar Association Public Service Academy, Class of 2021-2022

DecARcerate 2023 Legislative Committe

Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice, 2020-present

University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program interviewer, 2013-present

Arkansas Bar Association High School Mock Trial, volunteer judge

Arkansas Bar Association Public Service Academy, Class of 2021-2022

DecARcerate 2023 Legislative Committee

Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice, 2020-present

Check out Michael on the It Could Happen Here Podcast in the episode “The Case of Heath Stocks.”

Check out Michael Sharing War Stories on The Yarn Podcast

“Barred II was held May 16th, 2019, and closed out the 2018-19 season for the Yarn. We are reunited with decARcerate to produce a second show on true stories of incarceration. Last year, this show was a moving and powerful experience and this year didn’t disappoint.”

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Ark. Supreme Court overturns conviction for man in 2018 murder of Forrest City police officer

Action News 5, March 16, 2023

Arkansas Supreme Court overturns conviction for man in 2018 murder of Forrest City Officer in West Memphis

ABC 24, March 16, 2023

After having some charges thrown out by federal magistrate, Little Rock man indicted again

The Courier, February 17, 2023

Man sues state over cash-only bonds

The Courier, February 8, 2023

U.S. appeals court sides with parolee after search of girlfriend’s Little Rock home

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, January 9, 2023

Judge drops contempt ruling

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 3, 2022

North Little Rock man charged in firebombings following Floyd protests asks for pretrial release

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, November 9, 2022

How to Crush a Movement for Racial Justice

The Nation, October 29, 2022

Federal gun prosecutions in Little Rock designed to take most violent offenders off the street

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 6, 2022

Pulaski County judge orders arrest of North Little Rock 20-year-old described as ‘core member’ of gang

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 8, 2022

North Little Rock man accused of firebombing police cars challenges authority of federal charges

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 17, 2022

Conviction vacated for man who helped block traffic in 2020 Little Rock racial-justice protest

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, March 24, 2022

Former EPD officer sentenced to four years probation

El Dorado News-Times, March 23, 2022

Little Rock man to remain jailed on federal charges despite order to toss evidence

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, January 7, 2022

Judge reduces bond for Mingues

The Batesville Daily Guard, June 11, 2021

Judge to rule on Mingues’ bond

The Batesville Daily Guard, June 2, 2021

Toss evidence, drug case lawyers say

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, April 30, 2021

Man obstructed traffic at protest, judge concludes

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, April 3, 2021


Proposal may move Arkansas toward decriminalization of marijuana

The Magnolia Reporter, March 13, 2021

Medical marijuana thrives but possession arrests continue by the thousands

Arkansas Times, March 11, 2021


38-year inmate’s bid for parole is on hold

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, February 13, 2021

Electronic monitoring ordered for North Little Rock man

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, February 11, 2021

Firmer footing sought for ‘stand ground’ bill

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, February 7, 2021

Heath Stocks applies for reduced sentence, cites sexual abuse by former Boy Scout leader

KATV-ABC 7, February 4, 2021

Unlikely coalition defeats Arkansas stand your ground bill (for now)

Arkansas Times, February 2, 2021

Inmate seeks relief before he dies; he has served nearly 38 years for robberies as juvenile

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 26, 2020

Lawyer irked by deletion of Little Rock police footage

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 1, 2020

Suspect in fire, defaced property let out of lockup

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 19, 2020

Arkansas attorneys represent arrested protesters pro-bono

KATV-ABC 7, June 18, 2020

Pair challenge probation use in DWI cases

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 27, 2020

Garland County failure-to-pay warrants put people at risk of arrest, advocates say

Arkansas Times, April 29, 2020

Man who received 100 years for aggravated robbery and assault gets 25-year term following appellate reversal

Texarkana Gazette, August 6, 2019

Arkansas woman whose murder conviction was reversed by state Supreme Court pleads guilty

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, August 2, 2019

Teen killer of Little Rock officer in 1980 now parole-eligible

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, October 5, 2018

Arkansas’ high court rejects death row appeal

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 18, 2018

Retrial ordered for Arkansas man convicted of killing cousin on front porch

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 14, 2017

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