William H.
"Bill" Edwards, Jr.

Attorney, Member

Professional Experience

William H. Edwards, Jr. has practiced law for more than 38 years. He has represented Hanover Insurance Company, CNA, Zurich North American, Cincinnati Insurance Companies, and Travelers Insurance Company. His recent litigation includes trials pertaining to truck accidents, professional liability, and the defense of nursing homes. He joined the firm in 1981. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Products Liability Practice Group, Professional Liability Practice Group, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Practice Areas

  • Professional liability defense
  • Personal injury defense
  • Commercial litigation
  • Products liability defense
  • Insurance defense of first and third party claims
  • Civil Mediations

Court Admissions

  • Arkansas state and federal courts
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • Certified Mediator for Arkansas Circuit Courts – Civil Division

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association member
  • Arkansas Bar Association member
  • Pulaski County Bar Association member
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, past president
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel member
  • Harmonie Group Board member

Presentation and Thought Leadership

Noteworthy

  • Outstanding Defense Attorney, 2016 – Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • President, 2013 – Arkansas Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers list since 2008.
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers In Little Rock by Little Rock Soiree, 2011
  • Reported decisions include:
    • Zeno v. GM Truck and Coach, 844 F.Supp. 1340 (E.D. Ark. 1992); aff’d 9 F.3d 115 (8th Cir. 1993)
    • Transcontinental Ins. Co. v. Edwards, 139 F.3d. 1185 (8th Cir. 1998)
    • Shoaf v. American Way Transport, Inc., 47 Fed Appx. 780; 2002 U.S. Appl, Lexis 2002
    • GMAC v. Union Bank & Trust, 329 F3d 594, (8th Cir. Ark., 2003)
    • Koch v. Northport, 361 Ark. 192, 205 S.W.3d 754 (2005)
    • Rustenhaven v. American Airlines, 351 F.3d 874 (2003)
    • Bambico v. Ouachita Industries, Ar. Ct. Appeals CV18-253 (2018)

Education

  • J.D., University of Arkansas, 1980
  • B.S., University of Arkansas, 1977