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Stephen R. Giles



Practice Areas

Real Estate

Land Use and Development

Administrative Law


With more than 40 years of experience, Steve Giles counsels his clients through complex real estate matters. Clients rely on Steve for his insight on land use, zoning and development issues.

He works with national clients, several Arkansas municipalities, public water and wastewater providers, property owners, and real estate developers seeking legal assistance with land transactions, annexation, zoning, subdivision, condemnation, site plan approval, environmental, and other development permits/entitlements for projects on a state-wide basis.

He spent nearly 17 years as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Little Rock where he was responsible for trial and appellate litigation as well as land use and real estate transactional matters. He worked with outside counsel to coordinate matters involving public utilities, fiber optic networks, State highway department, water and sewer utilities, county, state and federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Steve drafted city ordinances, resolutions and city code provisions for action of city administrative and legislative bodies.

A regular speaker and author, Steve has spoken at the National Business Institute Seminars and Lorman Education Seminars each year since 1992 on major land use laws in Arkansas and advanced real estate law in Arkansas.

Steve earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He is active within the legal community, serving in a number of leadership positions with the Arkansas Bar Association.

A musician for life, Steve plays keyboards pretty well, solo and with bands like Little Joe & The BKs, The LLC Band, River City, The Greasy Greens, Meshugga Klezmer Band, The FaithSpring Methodist Church contemporary music band, and generally with whomever invites him to sit in.



  • Education: University of Arkansas, BA; University of Arkansas School of Law, JD


  • Arkansas Bar Association – Real Estate Section, Secretary/Treasurer 2008, Vice-Chair 2009-2010, Chair 2010-11, Chair 2011-12
  • Arkansas Bar Association 113th Annual Meeting, Entertainment Chair, June 8-11, 2011
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, Gridiron Cast 1992 - present
  • Arkansas Rice Depot Board of Directors 2009-2012

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Community Involvement

  • Active on fundraising committees and focus groups supporting the performing arts and stage productions of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

  • “Why Just Rezone Property When You Can Have a PUD?,” Arkansas City Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, Speaker, 2013
  • Governor of Arkansas’ Appointment to the Non-Legislative Commission on the Study of Landlord-Tenant Laws; Chair of Commission 2012
  • Co-Author, “Report of the Non-Legislative Commission on the Study of Landlord-Tenant Laws,” 2012
  • Arkansas Fair Housing Institute Annual Meeting 2013, Speaker, April 2013
  • “Right-of-Way and Other Exactions After Dolan v. City of Tigard: The Little Rock Experience,” American Planning Association Annual Planning Conference 2000, Speaker, April 19-21, 2000, New York, New York
  • “Recent Developments in Takings Litigation,” Arkansas City Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, Speaker, 1999-2001
  • “Joe Camel May Have Gone But the Signs Are Still There: An Update on Billboard Regulations and Amortization,” International Municipal Lawyers Association 62nd Annual Conference,” Speaker, November 7-9, 1997, Phoenix, Arizona
  • National Business Institute Seminars and Lorman Education Seminars, Speaker nearly each year since 1992
    • Major Land Use Laws in Arkansas
    • Advanced Real Estate Law in Arkansas