David F. Guthrie


David F. Guthrie  - (JUDGE ALTERNATE MEMBER) -  of El Dorado is Circuit Judge in the 13th Judicial District comprised of six counties in South Arkansas. He was raised in Camden, earned a degree in History and Political Science from Hendrix College in 1969 and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Oren Harris in El Dorado and then entered the private practice of law for 19 years before being appointed to the bench in 1993 and then elected in 1994. Judge Guthrie was commissioned while in law school and served in the active Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was activated for 10 months of service and a mid-life adventure in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf war 1990-1991. He has been a Circuit Judge for 23 years, working primarily in the civil docket, and has served on a number of committees of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Judicial Council of which he is currently president. Judge Guthrie was the recipient of the Outstanding Trial Judge Award, 1998-1999, from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Judge Guthrie has also been active in church and community affairs over the years—First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts (Silver Beaver Award), United Way, and any activity involving children. He and his wife Mary are the parents of three children and have five grandchildren. Judge Guthrie was appointed as an alternate member of the JDDC for service beginning in 2017.