Bill Horton, originally from Van Buren, began attending the University of Arkansas in 1993. He graduated in 2001 after obtaining an undergraduate degree in History, a Master’s degree in Communication and a Juris Doctorate of Laws. During his time at the University of Arkansas, he was very active on campus, holding such offices with the Associated Student Government and being president of Honor Societies associated with the History Department, Communication Department and the Law School as well as teaching classes on Communication and running a National Championship Debate Program.
Upon completion of college, Bill returned to Van Buren where he opened a small law firm dedicated to helping injury victims. In 2003, he moved to Northwest Arkansas to take the reins of Nolan Caddell Reynolds Metro Office where he continues to provide top quality aggressive legal services to those in need.
Bill’s interests away from his office include travel, snow skiing, scuba diving, working with local charities and Arkansas Razorback athletics.
- Arkansas, 2002, Eastern and Western District of Arkansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- University of Arkansas Law School, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2001 – J.D.
- University of Arkansas, 2000 – M.A. Communication
- Visiting Scholar, St. Benet’s College, Oxford, U.K. 1997 – Constitutional Theory Emphasis
- University of Arkansas, 1997 – B.A. History
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Arkansas Bar Association
- NW Delegate to Young Lawyers Section – Member
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association – Member
- Membership Committee
- Membership Legislative Affairs Committee
- American Bar Association – Member
- American Association for Justice – Member
- APITLA- Trucking Litigation Group Member
- NWA Diabetes Kiss-A-Pig Committee
- 2011 Kiss-A-Pig Candidate Raising Money for Diabetes
- Benton County Bar Association
- W.B. Putnam Inns of Court
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA – Board Member
- Rogers Noon Rotary – Member
Honors and Awards
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arkansas
- National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in Arkansas
- Super Lawyer Rising Star- Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the Mid-South 2011-2013
- Starthmore’s Who’s Who Among American Lawyers 2008-2013
- Marquis Who’s Who Among American Lawyers 2007-2013
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding Member Young Lawyers Division 2007
- International Public Debate Association Championship Tournament Top Speaker
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – ’10 Best’ Client Satisfaction – 2015
“Jury Instruction Reform: Are they too difficult to Comprehend?”
Communication Law Review: Spring 2000
“Issues Regarding Made Whole Subrogation”
CLE and Paper Presented at 2011 ATLA Seminar
“Bad Faith, Giving the Insurance Industry a Piece of the Rock”
CLE Seminar and Paper Presented at ATLA CLE
“Subrogation Issues and Trends”
CLE Seminar and Paper Presented at Benton County Bar Association
Deen v Hopkins 2013 Ark. App 116
The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld Mr. Horton’s motion for a new trial after the jury returned an inconsistent verdict. The case was important because of Mr. Horton’s use of itemized jury instructions at trial and his technical preservation of the appeal record post-trial.
Riley v State Farm 2011 Ark 256 (2011)
Mr. Horton argued that a subrogation lien cannot arise, or attach until the insured has received the settlement proceeds or damage award and until there is a judicial determination that the insured has been made whole. The Circuit Court disagreed with Horton and an appeal followed. Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the Circuit’s conclusion agreeing with Horton’s premise. This was a landmark ruling for injured Arkansans.
Ryder v State Farm, — S.W.3d —-, 2007 WL 3378394 (Ark.)
Horton argued to the Arkansas Supreme Court that the “Made Whole” doctrine should be extended to PIP/Med Pay provisions of an insurance policy requiring an injured victim to be made whole before their insurance company could seek subrogation of advanced medical payments. The court agreed in another landmark victory for injured Arkansans.
In his free time, Bill is an avid Razorback sports fan and can frequently be found tailgating at Reynolds Stadium in the fall, cheering the Hogs at Bud Walton in the winter and in the outfield of Baum Stadium in the spring.
Bill is also an avid outdoorsman and motorcycle enthusiast who enjoys skiing, hiking, scuba diving and riding his Harley.
To keep his mind sharp, Bill reads presidential biographies.