Bill Horton is a partner with Jones Walker LLP and heads the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office. His primary focus is on the representation of individual and institutional healthcare providers and other business enterprises in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, securities and corporate finance law, regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters. Before joining Jones Walker in early 2014, Bill served as a practice group chair at two other Birmingham-based law firm and as general counsel of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare providers. Bill’s background includes representation of issuers in securities offerings and periodic reporting, representation of borrowers in complex financing transactions, counseling physicians and institutional healthcare providers on regulatory compliance, and representation of health care enterprises, financial services businesses and other business clients in corporate governance matters, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint ventures and other business transactions. He also has extensive experience in government and internal investigations. 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. From 1985 through 1986, he was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge James H. Hancock, Northern District of Alabama. A nationally recognized speaker and author on healthcare, corporate and securities law and professional responsibility topics, Bill has served for many years in leadership roles with both the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, where he serves as 2015-2016 Chair, and the American Health Lawyers Association, where he served from 2011-2014 as Chair of the Business Law and Governance Practice Group. He is a contributing author to Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives, to multiple editions of Health Law Handbook and to the 2015 edition of Health Law and Compliance Update and serves as Editor-inChief of AHLA’s Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations. His articles have appeared in The Business Lawyer, Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law and numerous other publications. Bill is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Health Care Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Compliance Law) and in Alabama Super Lawyers® . In addition, he was named as a “Leading Lawyer” in The Ambulatory M&A Advisor’s listing of “Top Healthcare Transaction Lawyers of 2014”. 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 at Birmingham.
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