William Horton

Jones Walker LLP

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Bill Horton is a partner with Jones Walker LLP, where he serves as co-leader of the firm's Healthcare Industry Team and head of the firm’s Birminghamoffice.  He maintains a national practicerepresenting healthcare providers in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures,securities and corporate finance law, regulatory compliance and corporategovernance matters.  Bill previouslyserved as a practice group leader at two other Birmingham-based law firms andas general counsel of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcareproviders.


Withs ubstantial experience both in private practice and as senior legal officer fora large public company, Bill has been involved in complex corporate finance andacquisition transactions in almost all sectors of the healthcare servicesindustry. His background includes representation of issuers in securities offerings and periodic reporting, representation of borrowers in complexfinancing transactions, counseling healthcare providers on regulatorycompliance, and representation of healthcare enterprises, financial services businesses, and other business clients in corporate governance matters,acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint ventures, and other businesstransactions. He also has extensive experience in government and internalinvestigations. In addition, Bill is a certified mediator for the AmericanHealth Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service and regularly serves as ahearing officer for medical staff peer review hearings.


A nationally recognized speaker and author on healthcare, corporate andsecurities law, and professional responsibility topics, Bill has heldleadership positions for several years with both the American Bar Association’sHealth Law Section, where he served as the Section's 2015-2016 Chair andcurrently serves as one of its representatives to the ABA House of Delegates,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 washonored by the AHLA Fraud and Abuse Practice Group with the Patricia Meador Leadership Award.  Bill is a contributing author to Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives, to multiple editions 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.  Bill is listed in Chambers USA (Healthcare Law), The Best Lawyers in America® (Health Care Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Compliance Law) and Mid-SouthSuper Lawyers®.  In addition, he has been named as a “Leading Lawyer” in The Ambulatory M&A Advisor’s listings of “Top Healthcare Transaction Lawyers” since 2014 and was recognized as the Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Birmingham for Corporate Governance Law. 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 of the University of Alabama atBirmingham. He is also the founding president of the National Board of Health Lawyers,a specialty certification organization.

Bill graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1982 and received his law degree in 1985 from Duke University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Duke Legal Research Program and was a research assistant to Professor Clark C. Havighurst, director of Duke Law School’s Program on Legal Issues in Health Care.  In 1985-1986, he was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge James H. Hancock, Northern District of Alabama.




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