William F. Goodman, Jr., was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1951. He was also admitted to all Mississippi state courts the same year, to Mississippi’s federal district courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1953, and to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1970. His experience spans from appellate practice, banking, class action, and complex litigation to business litigation. His cases of note include State v. Board of Levee Comm'rs, 932 So. 2d 12 (Miss. 2006); Sherwin-Williams Co. v. Holmes County, 343 F.3d 383 (5th Cir. 2003); and United States v. Fordice, 112 S. C. 2727 (1992). In addition to his numerous professional accolades and civic involvement, Bill served our country as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army (1951-53).

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2001
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-17, General Commercial Litigation)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008-11, Appellate, Business Litigation)
  • Millsaps College Alumnus of the Year, 1997
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation Professionalism Award, 2004
  • Mississippi Bar Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America (1983-2019, Appellate Practice, Banking and Finance Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Alumnus of the Year, 2008
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Hall of Fame, 2010 (Inaugural class)

Community & Professional

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Trustmark Corporation, Former Director and Executive Committee Member
  • Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Former Member of the Board


Juris Doctor: Bachelor of Laws Degree: University of Mississippi, 1951 (with distinction)

Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Arts Degree: Economics, Millsaps College, 1949 (cum laude)