William F. Goodman, Jr.


William F. Goodman, Jr., was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1951. He was also admitted to the Mississippi State Courts in the same year and to federal district courts and the 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); 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 (1951-1953).

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1908
Email: goodmanjr@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Appellate Advocacy
Banking and Financial Institutions
Banking Financial Services and Securities Litigation
Class Action
Commercial Litigation
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas Litigation
Public Finance (Bonds)

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Economics, Millsaps College, 1949 (cum laude)
Bachelor of Laws Degree: University of Mississippi, 1951 (with distinction)

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  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award (2001)
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business(2008-2017, General Commercial Litigation)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008-2011, 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┬« (1983-2018, Appellate Law, Banking Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation)
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Alumnus of the Year (2008)
  • University of Mississippi School of Law Hall of Fame (Inaugural Class, 2010)

Professional And Community Involvement

  • 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 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