Robert S. Jones

Robert S. Jones


Robert Jones is a tax lawyer specializing in estate and tax planning. He joined Waddell, Cole & Jones in 1997 and has since helped his colleagues establish one of the the preeminent sources for commercial and business law in Northeast Arkansas.

Robert regularly works with clients to design and implement efficient and appropriate structures to manage the succession and transfer of estates, many of which involve closely held business enterprises. His work also includes extensive experience in like kind exchanges, business organization and transactions, general tax planning and advocacy. He has been recognized nine consecutive years by Best Lawyers in America for his work in taxation and estate planning.
A Jonesboro native, Robert has a strong family heritage in community service, particularly hospice and St. Bernards Healthcare. His commitment to the local economy includes serving as vice president of the Jonesboro Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee and chairman of the board of Hytrol Conveyor Company.


Robert received his B.S.B.A. in accounting and finance from Saint Louis University, graduating summa cum laude. He then went on to receive his J.D. from Vanderbilt University and his M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management. He then studied at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he received his LL.M. in taxation.



Practice Areas

Estate Planning
(Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney)

Estate & Trust Administration

Business & Corporate Law


Court Admissions

Arkansas, 1995

United States Tax Court


Vanderbilt University School of Law,
Nashville, Tennessee
J.D., 1994

Georgetown University,
Washington D.C.
LL.M., Taxation, 1995

Owen Graduate School of
Management,Vanderbilt University
M.B.A., 1994

Saint Louis University,
St. Louis, Missouri
B.S.B.A., Accounting & Finance, 1990
Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Associations

Arkansas Bar Association

Arkansas Bar Association,
House of Delegates

Arkansas Bar Association,
Section of Taxation, Former Chair

Craighead County Bar Association,

Community Involvement

St. Bernards Hospice Advisory Board, 
1998 - Present

St. Bernards Hospice Advisory Board,
President, 2001 - Present

Jonesboro Church Health Center
Board of Directors, 1998 - 2003

Jonesboro Church Health Center
President, Board of Directors,
2001 - 2002

St. Bernards Healthcare
Board of Directors, 2002 - Present

Jonesboro Regional Chamber of
Commerce, Board of Directors,
2001 - 2004

Jonesboro Economic Development Corporation
Board of Directors, 2009 - Present

Arkansas State Hospice and Palliative Care
Association, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2009

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America,
Taxation & Estate Planning