William A. Waddell Jr. is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.   Bill’s work is focused on litigation and other representation for banks, insurance companies, healthcare entities, and other businesses. He has deep experience in class actions, bet-the-company jury trials, and regulatory litigation.


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


  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association’s Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service, 2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 1999
    • Beth-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Franchise Law
    • Litigation - Banking and Finance
    • Named Lawyer of the Year:
      • Banking and Finance Law, Little Rock, 2010
      • Litigation - Banking & Finance, Little Rock, 2013, 2016, 2019 & 2021
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Little Rock, 2014
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 2017
  • Publication: "Scipio Africanus Jones - Appreciation for Journeymen Lawyer," 54 Arkansas Lawyer 12, Fall 2019
  • Publication: 
    • "Unjust Enrichment: A Suggested Approach for Instructing Juries in Claims at Law," 43 Arkansas Lawyer 10, Fall 2008
    • "The Development of Discount Rates for Use in Business Valuations and Commercial Damages Litigation," 42 Arkansas Lawyer 10, January 2007
    • Co-Author, "Proposed Arkansas Model Fraud Instructions," 20 UALR Law Journal (5), 1997
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Received Pro Bono Publico Award from American Bar Association, 2017
  • Voted Top Attorney by the readers of Arkansas Life Magazine, 2019


Associations and 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