Bill Horton's primary focus is on the representation of healthcare providers, financial services organizations, and other business enterprises in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, securities and corporate finance law, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Jones Walker, Mr. Horton was a practice group leader at two other Birmingham-based law firms and served as general counsel of one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare providers. He currently serves as head of the firm's Birmingham office and as Co-Leader of the firm's Healthcare Industry Team.
With substantial experience both in private practice and as senior legal officer for a large public company, Mr. Horton has been involved in complex corporate finance and acquisition transactions in almost all sectors of the healthcare services industry. His background includes representation of issuers in securities offerings and periodic reporting, representation of borrowers in complex financing transactions, counseling health care providers on regulatory compliance, and representation of health care enterprises, financial services businesses, and other business clients in corporate governance matters, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint ventures, venture investments, and other business transactions. He also has extensive experience in government and internal investigations. In addition, Mr. Horton is a certified mediator for the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service and regularly serves as a hearing officer for medical staff peer review hearings.
A nationally recognized speaker and author on healthcare, corporate and securities law, and professional responsibility topics, Mr. Horton has held leadership positions for several years with both the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, where he served as the Section's 2015-2016 Chair, and the American Health Lawyers Association, where he served from 2011 to 2014 as Chair of the Business Law & Governance Practice Group and currently serves as a member of the AHLA Dispute Resolution Council. He is a contributing author to Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Practical Perspectives, to the 2015 edition of Health Law and Compliance Update, to Bloomberg BNA Health Care Program Compliance Guide and to multiple editions of Health Law Handbook, and his articles have appeared in The Business Lawyer, Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, BNA’s Corporate Accountability Report, BNA’s Health Law Reporter and other publications. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of AHLA’s Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations. In 2016, he was honored by the AHLA Fraud and Abuse Practice Group with the Patricia Meador Leadership Award.
Mr. Horton serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and as a clinical associate professor at the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has also served as a faculty panelist for George Washington University's Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance Program since its inception in 2005. Mr. Horton is the founding President of the National Board of Health Lawyers, a specialty certification organization.