Bill Horton, Associate Attorney at Caddell Reynolds was recently named one of this year’s Super Lawyers by superlawyers.com. This is only Horton’s second year of eligibility, and it comes after a string of strong settlements and other professional recognitions.
“I have made the Super Lawyers ‘Rising Star’ list a few times, but this is my first full nomination,” said Horton. “I was really shocked and pleased.”
The “Super Lawyer” title is only given to select attorneys across the country who are over forty. To be considered, an attorney must be nominated anonymously by a managing partner at their firm, a peer, an independent third party or someone on the Super Lawyers research team. Once nominated, an attorney is evaluated based on Super Lawyers’ rigorous checklist of qualifiers, including:
- Honors & Awards
- Verdicts & Settlements
- Pro Bono & Community Service
- Other Outstanding Achievements
- As well as seven other criteria.
If an attorney scores well enough against the checklist they are added to the “Blue Ribbon Panel.” Panelists then judge each other in a Super Lawyer peer evaluation. In the end, no more than 5% of attorneys nominated will be selected for “Super Lawyer” status. Selected lawyers are featured in Super Lawyers magazine, which is distributed to firms and law schools throughout the country.
“The peer evaluation means a lot, as does the fact that there is no money involved. They are an independent organization doing independent research. So if you’re named a Super Lawyer you know you got it on your own merit. It’s very humbling.”
Over the last year, Bill has been key in several landmark cases in Arkansas, as well as being recognized in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. “I’ve had some big wins recently; and some big settlements. I think this nomination is really coming on the heels of those cases.”
After graduating from the University of Arkansas Law School, Bill opened a law office in Van Buren. “When I got my first Personal Injury case, I recognized myself in those people – down on their luck, maybe living paycheck to paycheck. That’s how I grew up. I love fighting for them.”
Bill joined Caddell Reynolds in 2003. He enjoys the support and autonomy he receives from the senior partners.
“I like to find the weird areas in the law, and explore them. I dig into things other attorneys might not think of. I’ve won a few cases and earned quite a bit of trust with Caddell Reynolds. They let me fight the cases I want, so I couldn’t be happier.”
Caddell Reynolds has served Northwest Arkansas for over thirty years. They have offices in Fort Smith, Rogers, and Fayetteville.