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
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 2017
  • Publication:
    • “Stare Decisis,” 56 Arkansas Lawyer16, Fall 2021
    • "Privilegium," 56 Arkansas Lawyer 25, Winter 2021
    • "Scipio Africanus Jones - Appreciation for Journeymen Lawyer," 54 Arkansas Lawyer 12, Fall 2019 
    • "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
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Received Pro Bono Publico Award from American Bar Association, 2017
  • Received Maurice Cathey Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2021

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Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • 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