Dianna Hewitt Ladd has been a Licensed Attorney in the State of Arkansas since 2001. Since then, she has served as the Prosecuting Attorney for several South Sebastian and Scott County cities and she has extensive experience in Municipal Law. She was the City Attorney for Waldron for approximately 12 years and has been the City Attorney for Huntington since 2007. While working for the City of Waldron, she frequently served as Special Judge.
The primary focus of Dianna’s private practice is Family Law, which consists of cases like child custody, divorce, grandparent’s rights, adoption, juvenile and probate. She has also successfully tried employment discrimination cases, personal injury cases, and routinely handles social security disability claims. Her practice area reflects her dedication to helping others get through their most difficult times in life. Dianna’s extensive experience in the criminal and civil legal field has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
Dianna grew up in Charleston, Arkansas, and graduated from high school in 1986. After high school, she attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. While studying at John Brown University, she was on the Dean’s and President’s Academic Lists. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville in 2000. During law school, Dianna received an award for Best Oral Advocate. She also spent over 100 hours researching the effects of divorce on children and how to mitigate them.
Dianna worked to put herself through college and then Law School, at times working two jobs while also maintaining her studies. She has worked in the legal field since 1995.
When not working as an advocate for others or volunteering for the community, Dianna enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their two boys, Reece and Knox. They enjoy their time together at home in Fort Smith, or at Ouachita Lake where they love to swim, fish and explore the Ouachita Mountains. Jeff grew up in Fort Smith and works for Kerry Ingredients where he is a Senior Account Manager. Their Christian Faith is important to them and they attend church at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith.
All Courts in the State of Arkansas
U. S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
U. S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
John Brown University, B.S., 1996
University of Arkansas, School of Law, 2000
Arkansas Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Sebastian County Bar Association, Member
South Sebastian County Bar Association, Former Treasurer
Mock Trial Committee Arkansas Bar Association, Former Member
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), Member
Family Law Section Member of the Arkansas Bar Association
Lifetime Member of the NRA
Sebastian County Republican Women, Member
Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, Member
Sexual Assault Response Advocate for the Crisis Intervention Center
Concerned Women of America, National and Fort Smith Chapter Member
School Board, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Current Board Member
PTA, Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School
Sebastian County Lion’s Club, Former President
Junior League of Fort Smith (Member from 2008-2015), Sustainer
Greenwood Division of the United Way, Former Cabinet Head