William A. Waddell Jr.

Commercial Litigation & Regulatory


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


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 College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association’s Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service, 2018
  • Received Pro Bono Publico Award from American Bar Association, 2017
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 2017
  • Author of children's book "Palindromic Pledge," published in 2017
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 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
  • 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
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Publication: Co-Author, Proposed Arkansas Model Fraud Instructions, 20 UALR Law Journal (5), 1997

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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


  • 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