Douglas R. Kennedy graduated from the Memphis State University, School of Law in 1984, ranking 16th in his class. He began his practice in Poplar Bluff in 1984, and has tried a multitude of cases, both jury and non jury. His trial experience has involved numerous areas of the law. He has practiced in state and federal courts, as well as handling administrative hearings and appeals. He has extensive appellate experience and is licensed in both Missouri and Arkansas.