Company: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
William Richard Purdy, Lawyer at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Construction Law.
Mr. Purdy became a partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White in 2008, his firm’s former name, and has been known for his focus and drive to satisfy clients’ needs and complying with professional responsibility. Mr. Purdy initially studied history, and always thought of the law as an appropriate profession for his talents. In the coming years, he intends to take on a more supervisory role as a mentor to young lawyers. He is recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert and a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
A North Carolina native, Mr. Purdy earned a BA and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and entered the field as an associate of Smith, Currie, and Hancock LLP. He was a vice president with Southeastern Services Inc. in Jackson from 1977 to 1980, followed by a role as founding partner and principal of Ott & Purdy from 1980 to 2003. Mr. Purdy subsequently became a partner of Purdy & Germany PLLC for five years before assuming his current role. In addition, he is a general counsel of the Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association and an associate of the General Controllers of Mississippi.
Mr. Purdy has been a leader in his professional community, and was state chair of the American Bar Association from 1980 to 1983. He is also the author and editor of the “Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law,” and has held the title of master of the bench with the Charles Clark Inn of the American Inns of Court since 1994. Before entering legal practice, Mr. Purdy served to the rank of first lieutenant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972, and was decorated with a Bronze Star. He later won a Commendation for Distinguished Professional Achievement in a joint resolution of the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives, and is now a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the International Society of Barristers, and the American College of Construction Lawyers.