Joseph M. Kraska

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Joseph M. Kraska

Attorney at Law


Joseph M. Kraska is an Associate in the Little Rock office who specializes in labor and employment matters. Prior to joining HBS, Joseph was an associate for a local firm, where he primarily practiced in labor and employment matters with a focus on traditional labor law. He represented clients in collective bargaining, RC petitions, unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations, OSHA compliance matters, and federal and state employment discrimination matters, and he provided general employment advice. He also externed with the Honorable Judge Brandon Harrison with the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Joseph was also previously Chief Master Sergeant and Human Resource Advisor of the U.S. Air Force / Arkansas Air National Guard, where his primary focus was on diversity and inclusion initiatives, force development, and force management of over one thousand assigned personnel.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. There, he served as President of the Student Veterans Organization and Executive Editor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the American Military University.



State Courts:

  • Arkansas


  • J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • B.A., with honors, American Military University


  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Best Lawyers®, 2024
    • Labor and Employment Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Arkanas Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, 2021-2022
  • Little Rock’s Best Lawyers, AY Magazine, 2020-2022


  • Sowing Success: Complying with Dramatic New Labor Standards Affecting H-2A Employers
    HBS Webinar; May 24, 2024
  • An Afternoon in HR
    HBS Helping Businesses Succeed Series; September 21, 2023
  • Labor and Employment Law Update
    West Central AR SHRM; January 25, 2022 and July 26, 2022
  • OSHA COVID-19 Guidance
    Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; April 7, 2021
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  • OSHA: Inspections & Investigations
    Employment Law Alliance Webinar; August 26, 2020
  • Transgender Status Protection Under Title VII
    Arkansas SHRM ELLA Conference; September 26–27, 2019


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  • Important Developments with the EEOC in 2017
    HR Professional Magazine, January 2018

In the Press

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Labor Relations: An Update on Recent Developments for Employers

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34 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America

Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America. The award recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

NLRB Issues Its Long-Awaited Decision on Employer Handbook Rules: Why All Employers Should Take Note

Introduction On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally issued its long-awaited, watershed decision in Stericycle, Inc., 372 NLRB No. 113, which has nationwide impact on employers of all sizes and industries, whether unionized or not. Under the Board’s new standard, when employers seek to implement specific work rules or policies, the

HBS Little Rock Adds Associates Allison T. Scott and Joseph M. Kraska

Hall Booth Smith is proud to expand its Little Rock office with Associates Allison T. Scott and Joseph M. Kraska. Allison T. Scott Allison focuses her practice on business litigation, general liability, medical malpractice, and premises liability matters. Prior to joining HBS, she was an Associate with a local firm where she practiced in the