William W. Horton

William W. Horton: Attorney with Jones Walker LLP
  • Partner at Jones Walker LLP (370 Attorneys)
  • One Federal Place, Suite 1100, 1819 5th Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35203
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  • Mr. Horton serves as head of the Birmingham office of Jones Walker LLP. His primary focus is on the representation of health care providers, financial services organizations, and other business enterprises in the areas of 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 health care providers.
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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.

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.

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 (2017)
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 (Copyright 2017 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 2018 Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•Listed in the 2016 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


•Horton to Serve on Panel for the New Mexico Health Law Symposium
•Horton Served on Panel for Compliance Program
•121 Jones Walker LLP Attorneys Ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Horton Elected as an ABA Health Law Section Delegate to ABA House of Delegates
•Horton Serves on Panel for ABA Webinar
•Horton Presents at AHLA Annual Meeting


• At Your Service: Key Legal and Valuation Issues in Service Line Joint Ventures , April 2017, American Health Lawyers Association's Health Care Transactions Conference
• Legal Ethics Challenges in the World of Healthcare Cyberthreats: Law, Technology and Professional Responsibility for Healthcare Lawyers , April 2017, 29th Annual University of Texas Health Law Conference
• When Two Worlds Collide: Legal Ethics Challenges in the Compliance Officer-General Counsel Relationship , American Health Lawyers Association’s Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues , March 2017
• Legal Ethics: What Penn State and Lehman Brothers Can Teach Healthcare and Antitrust Lawyers about Conflicts of Interest , May 2016, Antitrust in Healthcare Conference
• Ethical Triangulation: Navigating the Intersection of Legal, Clinical and Organizational Ethics American Health Lawyers Association's Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Center and Other Institutions, March 2016
• Will You Be My Friend (and Can I Be Your Lawyer)? Legal Ethics and Social Media for the Health Care Lawyer American Health Lawyers Association's Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, February 2016


• Disruptive Compliance: Practical and Ethical Considerations in Advising the Cutting-Edge Healthcare Company
Health Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters), 2017
• When Two Worlds Collide: Legal Ethics, OIG Policy and the General Counsel-Compliance Officer Relationship
Health Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters), 2016
•“Key Developments in Provider Reimbursement, Regulation and Enforcement in the New World of the Affordable Care Act”
Health Care Law Enforcement and Compliance, 2016 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Recent Trends in Health Care Enforcement, Updating Compliance Programs, and Developing Client Strategies, 2016
• Relationships Between Physicians and Hospitals (2015 update)
Bloomberg BNA Health Care Program Compliance Guide,
• 'Counsel to the Deal': Lawyers, Clients, and Conflicts in Complex Healthcare Transactions
Health Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters), 2015
• The Role of Directors in Corporate Compliance
Health Law and Compliance Update (Wolters Kluwer), 2015
• The Past, Present and Future of the Anti-Kickback Statute: A Practical History
Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives (American Bar Association Section of Health Law/BNA Books, 3rd ed.), 2013
• Trust, but Verify? Inside Counsel, Outside Counsel, and United States v. Lauren Stevens
Health Law Handbook (West, 25th ed.), 2013

American Bar Foundation (Fellow).

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Business & Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense
  • Corporate Governance
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Reform Resource Center
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205.244.5221  Phone
205.244.5507  Fax
University Attended:
Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
Law School Attended:
Duke University, J.D., 1985
Year of First admission:
1985, Alabama


•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Health Law Section
•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, 2016-2017
•Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, 2016-2018
•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
•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)


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