Areas of Practice
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1985
William Horton
One Federal Place, Suite 1100
1819 5th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5221 tel
205.244.5507 fax

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Mr. Horton 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, Mr. Horton 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.
With substantial experience both in private practice and as senior legal officer for a large public company, Mr. Horton 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. He also has extensive experience in government and internal investigations. In addition, Mr. Horton 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, Mr. Horton has held leadership positions for several years with both the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, where he served as the Section's 2015-2016 Chair, and  the American Health Lawyers Association, where he served from 2011 to 2014 as Chair of the Business Law & Governance Practice Group and currently serves as a member of the AHLA Dispute Resolution Council. In 2016, he was honored by the AHLA Fraud and Abuse Practice Group with the Patricia Meador Leadership Award.  He is currently a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.

Mr. Horton is a contributing author to Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives, to the 2015 edition of Health Law and Compliance Update, to Bloomberg BNA Health Care Program Compliance Guide and to multiple editions of Health Law Handbook, and his articles have appeared in The Business Lawyer, Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, BNA’s Corporate Accountability Report, BNA’s Health Law Reporter and other publications. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of AHLA’s Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Horton 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 has also served as a faculty panelist for George Washington University's Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program since its inception in 2005.  He is the founding president of the National Board of Health Lawyers, a specialty certification organization. 


  • 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








  • 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)