Stewart Whaley

Stewart Whaley, J.D., CIPP/US | Partner

Stewart Whaley

Stewart Whaley is a founding partner of the Open Access Law Firm, PLLC. Originally from Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, he co-founded the firm in 2016. Whaley co-founded this one of a kind law firm in an effort to fuse his expertise in technology with law and his commitment to providing access to justice for all, regardless of an Arkansans’ socio-economic status.

Whaley is recognized as a national expert in using technology to expand the benefit of legal services to those who need it most, but cannot afford it. He has presented to multiple regional and national audiences, as well as providing legal technology consulting across the nation.

Practice areas include family law, estate law, IT privacy and security, and privacy law.


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
    Doctor of Law (J.D.) with Honors 2009
    Intellectual Property Law Association
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    B.A. with Honors, Computer Information Systems  2000
    Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Rhodes College
    Japanese, Biology 1993
  • Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan
    Certificate in Asian Studies 1992


Through law and technology Stewart has promoted the causes he cares about: civil rights and social action; economic empowerment; health; poverty alleviation; and science and technology. Also, working as a pro bono advisor with the law school dean and a core group of faculty and tech-savvy attorneys he is working to develop legal technology, entrepreneurial and business-startup curriculum and other opportunities for students and the legal community.

  • Co-organized, managed and competed in Arkansas’s 1st legal technology hack-a-thon
    • UALR Bowen Legal Innovation Hackathon Feb. 5-6, 2016
  • Professional Mentor Award (June 2015)
    William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Professional Mentor Award (June 2014)
    William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional
    • CIPP/US: U.S. private-sector

Associations & Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals


  • Arkansas, 2009

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