Breean Walas has extensive experience as an appellate lawyer and trial attorney. She has handled appeals at both the state and federal level, ranging from general civil litigation (e.g., personal injury, divorce, paternity, etc.) to complex mass torts, products liability, and class actions. Prior to entering private practice, Breean served as a law clerk for former Associate Justice Donald L. Corbin of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 2005-2008.
Breean brings her experience in the practice of appellate law and serves as “of counsel” for the firm.
Breean earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Cornell University, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team and was named as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year (1998-1999). While in college, Breean was a member of the Red Key Honor Society and was named to the All-Ivy Academic Team. In 2002, she was the recipient of the WBCA’s Charles Timothy Stoner Law Scholarship, which is presented annually to one senior, female collegiate women’s basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law.
Breean Walas earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. During law school, she was involved in numerous student organizations and campus activities. Breean was a member of the Moot Court Board, an appellate advocacy honors society, and served as the Board’s Financial Director during her third-year of law school. She also was an articles editor for the Human Rights Quarterly, a publication widely recognized as a leader in the field of human rights. Upon graduating from law school, Breean was honored to be selected for membership in the Order of Barristers.
Breean Walas is honored to have served as a law clerk to the late Associate Justice Donald L. Corbin. After three years learning the nuances of appellate law, she embarked on a career as a trial attorney who gets into the “law” and spends much of her time briefing and engaging in the pre-trial and post-trial motions practice, as well as handling appeals. Breean is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas.
Breean is the founding member of Walas Law Firm, PLLC and assists attorneys with research and briefing issues that arise before, during and after trial. She has given numerous CLE presentations and published articles of a variety of subjects.
Breean is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the ATLA Board of Governors. She has been honored as the recipient of ATLA’s Outstanding Member – New Lawyers Division award (2015), as well as ATLA’s President’s Award (2013 & 2017). Breean is a 2017 graduate of the ATLA Trial Skills Academy. She also is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Public Justice Foundation.
Outside of the office, Breean enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and exploring our state and national parks. She is a huge sports fan and enjoys playing rugby in her spare time (although she is “retired” from the pitch).
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