For nearly 40 years, Bill Purdy has focused his practice on construction claims and disputes and on federal procurement law.
In recognition of his legal achievements, Bill was named 2014 Mississippi Lawyer of the Year, a peer-review award given by the Mississippi Business Journal. He was also selected based upon independent international criteria and surveys of lawyers worldwide for listing in Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2015. Bill is one of only two Mississippi attorneys to receive this recognition.
Bill is the first of only two Mississippi lawyers ever invited to be a Fellow in the select American College of Construction Lawyers, which includes only the most skilled and accomplished construction lawyers in the United States and abroad.
Bill is among only a handful of lawyers in the country to be both an ACCL Fellow and also to be elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top one percent of the best courtroom lawyers in the country. He is believed to be the only lawyer in the country to be a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers as well as the ACCL and ACTL.
Bill is one of only three Mississippi lawyers with a “Band 1” (highest) rating in construction litigation by Chambers USA, the authoritative legal guide, which referred to him as the “dean of the state’s construction lawyers."
Bill is a Master of the Bench (highest rating) and has served as president of the central Mississippi chapter of the American Inns of Court. Bill was honored by a unanimous Joint Resolution of the Mississippi House and Senate as an “Outstanding Mississippian," and has been consistently rated by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50” Mississippi lawyers, without regard to practice specialty.
Before law school, Bill served with the Marines in Vietnam as an infantry company commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in combat, the Purple Heart medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.