William A. Waddell Jr.

Commercial Litigation & Regulatory

Partner

  • 501-370-1510
  • waddell@fridayfirm.com
  • 501-244-5342
  • 400 West Capitol Avenue Suite 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3493

Biography

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.

Education

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

Noteworthy

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Author of children's book Palindromic Pledge, published in 2017
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association’s Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service, 2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law and Litigation - Banking and Finance, since 2001
  • Named by Arkansas Life as "Top Attorney" in 2019
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation - Banking & Finance, Little Rock, 2010, 2013, 2016 & 2019; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Little Rock 2014;
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 2017
  • Philander Smith College Living Legend Award, 2013
  • Publication:  Unjust Enrichment: A Suggested Approach for Instructing Juries in Claims at Law, 43 Arkansas Lawyer 10, Fall 2008
  • Publications: The Development of Discount Rates for Use in Business Valuations and Commercial Damages Litigation, 42 Arkansas Lawyer 10, January 2007
  • Publication: 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
  • Received Pro Bono Publico Award from American Bar Association, 2017

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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

Admissions

  • 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