William R. Purdy

Retired Partner
Legal Assistant
Heather Grovich
P: 601.592.9973 hgrovich@bradley.com
Bill Purdy represents commercial building contractors throughout the South. He has also represented government contractors across the United States and has handled matters for them in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Bill has extensive experience in trying construction cases before juries in state and federal court and in arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association and other organizations. He has litigated federal contract disputes before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and federal administrative appeals boards and has prosecuted and defended bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims. Bill has represented both construction companies and other types of government contractors in state trial and appellate courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
Representative Experience
  • General Experience
    • Appeal of Tripod, Inc., ASBCA No. 25,104, 89-1 BCA 21, 305 (1989)
      Recovery of damages for over-inspection and extra work for services contractor.

      Appeal of W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, ASBCA No. 49,398; 01-02 BCA 31428; 2001 WL 576900 (2001)
      Recovery of extra work and delay damages for construction contractor.

      Bagwell Coatings, Inc. v. Middle South Energy, Inc., 797 F.2d 1298 (5th Cir. 1986)
      Recovery of breach of contract damages for extra work.

      Carothers Construction, Inc. v. United States, 20 Cl. Ct. 556 (1990)
      Recovery of damages for ambiguous and defective specifications.

      CFC Fabrication, Inc. v. Dunn Construction Co., Inc., 917 F.2d 1385 (5th Cir. 1990)
      Defeat supplier’s claim for rental charges and for missing form materials.

      Hewlett-Methvin, Inc. v. United States, 703 F.2d 585 (Ct. Cl. 1982)
      Successful appeal and recovery on changes claim for services contractor.

      McKinnon v. Batte, 485 So. 2d 295 (Miss. 1986)
      Defense verdict on negligence claim sustained on appeal.

      Remza Drywall, Inc. v. W.G. Yates & Sons Constr. Co., 2007 WL 2033047 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
      Enforcement of contractual arbitration provision and motion to compel arbitration.

      The Clark Construction Co., Inc. v. United States, No. 97-749c (U.S. Claims Court 1997)
      Successful defense against bid protest for White Construction Company.

      U.S. ex rel Shannon v. Federal Insurance Company, 251 Fed. Appx. 269, 2007 WL 2493666 (5th Cir. 2007)
      Defeated employment and Miller Act claims by manager for general contractor.

      Design-Build Contracts
      Authored contracts for design-builders with Owners, with design professionals, and with subcontractors having design responsibilities.

      Ethics Codes
      Prepared ethics codes for over 10 federal government contractors.

      Miss. Code Ann. §§85-7-189, 85-7-191, 85-7-193
      Contributed to and edited revisions to Miss. private work bond statutes.

      Mississippi private works bond form
      Authored bond form in most prevalent use on Mississippi private projects.

      Sale of business with structured buyout
      Handled sale of accounting firm with structured buyout.

      Standard subcontracts, purchase orders, and related documents
      Prepared standard subcontracts, purchase orders, and related documents for over 15 of largest Mississippi prime contractors.

      Statute Update: Miss. Code Ann. §31-3-1
      Authored update of Contractor’s Board statute.