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A. Heath Abshure
A. Heath Abshure graduated cum laude from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennesse, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He obtained his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating with high honors in 1998. He began his legal career with the Little Rock firm of Giroir Gregory Holmes & Hoover.
In 2000, Heath went to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, where he served as Senior Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Administrative Law Judges. While at the SEC, Heath attended the Georgetown University Law Center, obtaining a Master of Laws with Distinction in Securities and Financial Regulation. In July 2002, Heath returned to Little Rock and joined the firm of Williams & Anderson.
In December 2007, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Heath as the Arkansas Securities Commissioner. In this role, he oversees the Arkansas Securities Department, the state agency charged with oversight of all aspects of the securities industry, as well as certain aspects of the mortgage lending and money services industries. Heath also serves as an adjunct professor at the UALR Law School and is a frequent presenter at the Arkansas Bar Association meetings, speaking on issues of federal and state securities law.