William A. Waddell Jr.

Commercial Litigation


  • (501) 370-1510
  • waddell@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5342


William A. Waddell Jr., heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Regulation Practice Group and is a member of its Management Committee. Bill’s work is focused on litigation and other representation for banks, insurance companies, healthcare entities, and other businesses. He has defended numerous class actions. 


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Key Matters


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • University of Central Arkansas, B.A., 1978


  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Arkansas Bar Association Lawyer Community Legacy Award, 2010
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Awarded the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Medial-Legal Partnership from Legal Aid of Arkansas, 2016
  • Awarded the Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 2017
  • Author of children's book "Palindromic Pledge," published in 2017
  • Just Communities of Central Arkansas Father Joseph Biltz Award, 2014
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Philander Smith College Living Legend Award, 2013
  • Publications: Co-Author, Proposed Arkansas Model Fraud Instructions, 20UALR Law Journal (5), 1997
  • Publications: The Development of Discount Rates for Use in Business Valuations and Commercial Damages Litigation, 42 Arkansas Lawyer 10, January 2007
  • Publications: Unjust Enrichment: A Suggested Approach for Instructing Juries in Claims at Law, 43 Arkansas Lawyer 10, Fall, 2008
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Received Pro Bono Publico Award from American Bar Association, 2017
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 50

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Pulaski County Bar Association


  • Arkansas, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Additional Links

Arkansas Business: Pro Bono Work Good For Business

Attorney Receives National Honor for Pro Bono Work

Arkansas Bar Honors Lawyers

Palindromic Pledge

2017 Chambers USA