Safety, Security, and Strength
Safety, Security, and Strength
Jesse Gibson is a lifelong Arkansan.
“I grew up on a dead-end, dirt road in far north Boone County,” he says. “Bull Shoals Lake was my backyard. And that’s where my brother and I spent a lot of our time growing up — hunting and fishing and just exploring the woods.”
Specifically, Jesse grew up just outside of Lead Hill, Arkansas, population 274 (up three people since 2010’s Census count of 271). The son of two teachers, Jesse’s mom taught second grade and his dad taught fifth grade, both for 30 years. As you can imagine, Jesse was encouraged to do well in school.
Jesse’s first exposure to politics and the world beyond Lead Hill happened during his sophomore year of high school, when he traveled to Minnesota as a state ambassador with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership foundation.
It’s really fantastic because it allows kids who are 15 or 16 years old to meet heads of state, people of different backgrounds, industries, and political affiliations,” he says. “For a kid from a tiny town, where people just may have thought that sort of thing existed only in books or magazines, it opened my horizons about what I wanted to do when I got a little older.”
Jesse graduated from Lead Hill High School in 1992, along with 26 classmates, most of whom he’d been in school with since kindergarten.
In 1996, he earned his B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Arkansas, and in 1999, he earned his J.D. degree, with honors, from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, where he was also a member of the UA Little Rock Law Review.
After college, Jesee went to work for a private law firm in Little Rock. “I wasn’t happy with it,” he says. “I didn’t feel like I was making anybody’s life any better; I wasn’t helping my community at all.”
So he made a change. In 2002, he founded Gibson Law Firm, where he specializes in personal injury, medical negligence, and general civil litigation, spending his days defending “the little guy” from companies that would do them wrong.
In 2005, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association named Jesse Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer. He would go on to lead that association, serving as president in 2018 and 2019. Twenty years after its foundation, Gibson Law is still going strong.
“At this very desk, I’ve sat across from folks who have suffered loss of a loved one, of a business, all kinds of loss, and they need help,” he says. “The way I look at it is that the empathetic practice of law can make their lives a little better. That gives me a lot of satisfaction, a lot of meaning, a sense of purpose.”
But Jesse will tell you his greatest sense of purpose comes from his family.
“I’ve been married for 17 years. My wife, Amanda, is from Pine Bluff. I coach Little League. We have two boys that are 13 and nine: Jack and Jude. We’ve got a new puppy named Hershey and a cat named Charlie. On the weekends you can usually find me on a ball field, working on my yard, or cheering on the Hogs.”
Jesse is also chairman of the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Commission, on the board of trustees for the Arkansas Bar Association, and is a deacon at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church, where his family has been active in establishing hunger missions and feeding programs for the needy and homeless.