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  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
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  • Alabama, 1985
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William Horton
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Suite 1100
420 20th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5221 tel
205.244.5507 fax

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Bill Horton is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He represents healthcare clients around the country on major transactions, compliance, and governance issues.

Bill maintains a national practice representing healthcare providers and other business enterprises in mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, securities and corporate finance law, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Jones Walker, Bill was a practice group leader at two other Birmingham-based law firms and served as general counsel of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare providers. He currently serves as head of the firm's Birmingham office and co-leader of the firm's healthcare industry team.

Drawing on his substantial experience in private practice and as senior legal officer for a large public company, Bill has been involved in complex corporate finance and acquisition transactions in almost all sectors of the healthcare services industry. His background includes representation of issuers in securities offerings and periodic reporting, representation of borrowers in complex financing transactions, counseling healthcare providers on regulatory compliance, and representation of healthcare enterprises, financial services businesses, and other business clients in corporate governance matters, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint ventures, venture investments, and other business transactions.

Bill has extensive experience in government and internal investigations. In addition, Bill is a certified mediator for the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service and regularly serves as a hearing officer for medical staff peer review hearings.

A nationally recognized speaker and author on healthcare, corporate and securities law, and professional responsibility topics, Bill also has held leadership positions for several years with the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, serving in 2015 to 2016 as chair of the ABA Health Law Section. In 2016, he was honored by the AHLA Fraud and Abuse Practice Group with the Patricia Meador Leadership Award. 

In addition to his private practice, Bill serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and as a clinical associate professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also serves as a faculty panelist for George Washington University's Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program, a position he has held since the program’s inception in 2005. He is the founding president of the National Board of Health Lawyers, a specialty certification organization.

Noteworthy

  • Recognized in Chambers USA in the area of Healthcare (listed annually since 2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Health Care Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation (listed annually since 2007) 
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the areas of Health Care, Business/Corporate, and Securities & Corporate Finance (listed annually since 2008)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

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Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
      • Section Delegate to ABA House of Delegates, 2017-2020
      • Chair, 2015–2016
      • Vice Chair, 2013–2014
      • Secretary, 2012–2013
      • Member, Governing Council, 2009–2012
      • Co-Chair, Health Law and Policy Coordinating Committee, 2009–2013
      • Co-Chair, Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2011–2012
      • Chair, Programs Executive Committee, 2006–2009
    • Section of Business Law
      • Member, Committees on Federal Regulation of Securities; Audit Responses; Corporate Counsel; Corporate Documents and Process; Corporate Governance; Legal Opinions; White-Collar Crime; Health Law and Life Sciences; Mergers and Acquisitions; and Public Companies
    • Center for Professional Responsibility
      • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2012–2015
    • Section Officers Conference
      • CPR/SOC Professional Responsibility Committee, 2009-2017
      • SOC Decennial Review Committee. 2014–2015
      • SOC Executive Committee, 2016–2018
      • SOC Liaison to Committee on Scope and Correlation of Work, 2017-2018
    • Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, 2016–2018
    • Presidential Appointments Committee, 2018-2019
  • American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Chair, Business Law and Governance Practice Group, 2011–2014
    • Dispute Resolution Service Council, 2014 to date
    • Editor-in-Chief, AHLA's Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations, 2009 to date
  • National Board of Health Lawyers
    • President, 2017 to date
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Association 
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Board of Directors, 2017 to date
  • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
  • Newcomen Society of Alabama
  • Presbyterian Retirement Homes of Birmingham (Chair, Board of Directors, 2014 to date)