Meet the Chief Counsel
David Sterling serves as Chief Counsel, a position he’s held since 2015. In this role, he oversees the largest legal Department in state government with a staff of about 162 employees, including over 80 attorneys. The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal support to the Department’s various program divisions and offices. Prior to joining DHS, David practiced business and commercial litigation for 16 years in the private sector. David earned his law degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1997. He also holds a Master of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the Arkansas Supreme Court. David has been actively involved in leadership in the American and Arkansas Bar Associations for over 20 years. He is currently President of the Henry Woods Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, a tenured delegate to the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and an active member of the Pulaski County Bar Association. David is married to his wife, Deeni, and they are parents to their daughter, Elizabeth Anne. They have been active members of Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock since 1994.