William Richard Purdy

Occupation: Lawyer
Born: Statesville, North Carolina, May 3, 1946

Education:
JD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1975)
BA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1972)

Career:
Partner, Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP), Jackson, MS (2008-Present)
Partner, Purdy & Germany PLLC (2003-2008)
Founding Partner, Ott & Purdy, P.A., Jackson, MS (1980-2003)
Principal, Ott & Purdy, P.A., Jackson, MS (1980-2003)
Vice President, Southeastern Services, Inc., Jackson, MS (1977-1980)
Associate, Smith, Currie and Hancock LLP, Atlanta, GA (1975-1977)

Career Related:
General Counsel, Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association, Jackson, MS (1998-Present); Associate, General Controllers of Mississippi, Jackson, MS (1995-Present); Associate, MS Road Builders Association, Jackson, MS (1993-Present); State Chair, ABA (1980-1983)

Military:
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (1968-1972)

Creative Works:
Author, “Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law” (1996); Editor, “Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law” (1996); Lecturer in Field

Awards:
Master of the Bench, Charles Clark Inn of the American Inns of Court (1994-Present); Best Lawyer in America (2003); Commendation for Distinguished Professional Achievement, Joint Resolution of Mississippi Senate and House Of Representatives (2000); Bronze Star Medal

Memberships:
Forum Committee on Construction Law, ABA (1980-Present); Public Contract Law Section, ABA (1980-1983); Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation; Fellow, International Society Barristers; Fellow, The American College of Construction Lawyers; Best Lawyers

Family:
Son of Frank Kerr Purdy; Catherine Ritchie Purdy
Married Susan Clark Smith (8/18/1968)
Children: Kathryn Blythe Purdy Barton; Susanna Grey
Grandchildren: John Burke Burton; Caroline

Hobbies:
Jogging; Rock and Roll; College sports

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2009, 63rd Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who in America – 2007, 61st Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in America – 2005, 59th Edition (pub. 2004)
Who’s Who in American Law – 2007-2008, 15th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in American Law – 2005-2006, 14th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in American Law – 2003-2004, 13th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 2010, 36th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in the World – 2009, 26th Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who in the World – 2008, 25th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in the World – 2007, 24th Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in the World – 2006, 23rd Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in the World – 2005, 22nd Edition (pub. 2004)

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