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Meet the U.S. Attorney




Duane “DAK” Kees was nominated by President Trump to be the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas on September 22, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2017. 


Previously, DAK spent more than eight years on active duty in the United States Army as both an enlisted soldier and a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer.  While on active duty, DAK deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he earned two Bronze Stars.  As a member of the JAG Corps, he served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney where he tried cases ranging from drug distribution and sexual assault, to murder. He also prosecuted crimes involving international law.

Upon leaving active duty, DAK joined the Asa Hutchins Law Group, PLC where he continued to represent service members stationed throughout the world.  DAK also developed a complex litigation practice centered around business litigation and international law. 

Prior to starting his current position as U.S. Attorney, DAK was a Director in Global Ethics and Compliance for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  There, he
was responsible for Global Ethics and Compliance functions related to case management and governance of Ethics’ policies, with a particular focus on matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act and general Anti-Corruption Compliance issues.

DAK earned his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Judge Advocate Criminal Law Advocacy Course, Advanced Trial Advocacy Course as well as the U.S. Navy Complex Litigation Course.


DAK currently serves in the Arkansas National Guard as a Brigade Judge Advocate at the rank of Major.

Updated January 24, 2018

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