Johnny Dunigan has opened his general practice law office at 219 West Drew St., in Monette, and is looking forward to greeting new clientele and business associates.
Dunigan graduated from BIC High School in 1996 and went on to graduate from ASU in 2000, with a BS major in Agri Plant Science. He went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, in 2003, and passed the bar that summer.
Dunigan is a very well rounded young man, with agri experience as well as working in a law office.
"I scouted cotton for twelve years, on Buffalo Island," Dunigan said. "I worked for my father (Eddie Dunigan) and uncle (Danny Dunigan). I even chopped cotton some.
"When I was an ag student at ASU, I hadn't decided yet, just what I wanted to do after graduation," He said. "I scouted some cotton for Arlon Woodruff, of Lake City, and he encouraged me to consider becoming a lawyer. I became friends with Curt Huckaby also, and found the work they did was very interesting. It seemed everywhere I turned, the thought was becoming more and more appealing to give law a try.
"I have never been sorry that I went on to UALR, and have never tired of the challenges that being a lawyer have offered," Dunigan said. "I went to work for Child Support Services, in Blytheville, and enjoyed that work. I always knew that I wanted to come back to Monette, however, and open an office of my own.
"When this building became available for sale, I just felt good about the possibilities of locating here," Dunigan said. "We tore out walls for expansion, as there were a lot of small room. We painted, put in new carpet and and added new furnishings.
"My whole family pitched in to help me get my office in shape," Dunigan said. "I can always count on help from my family and my friends."
His parents are Eddie and Deb Dunigan, and siblings are Tommy, Leah (Gathright) and Rachel Dunigan. His two grandmothers, Mildred Dunigan and Leona Whitley, live in Black Oak.
Dunigan plans to stay involved in the Monette community, in every way possible. A special ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for August, to officially welcome him to the Monette business community.
A beautiful sign hangs just outside of his office to let passers-by know a new lawyer is in town, and open for business.
"People have been dropping in to see what we were doing with the building, when we first started renovating it," Dunigan said. "I encourage them to keep coming, now that we are finished and open. I think people will be quite surprised to see what we have done with the building. I plan to be here a long time, so I have fixed it up to last. I have lots of room to grow in the offices downstairs, and a lot of storage upstairs for future needs.
"I am glad to have my first office in Monette," Dunigan said. "I'm back home, and happy to be. Not only have I had great past memories here, but I plan to have many happy memories in the future."