William E. Whitfield III, Esq.

Title: Shareholder
Company: Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush
Location: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States

William Whitfield, Shareholder at Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1977 from the University of Mobile, Mr. Whitfield continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1981 from the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson. He has been admitted to practice law in Mississippi and Alabama state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Whitfield gained valuable initial experience from 1981 to 1983 as a United States District Court Law Clerk in the office of Magistrate John M. Roper. He has found much success as an attorney from 1983 to 2008 with Bryant Dukes & Blakeslee in Gulfport and as a shareholder with Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush from 1982 to the present, where he specializes in personal Injury, medical malpractice and criminal defense issues. Additionally, he also helps clients with legal issues in personal injury and civil litigation cases.

Mr. Whitfield has been selected each year since 2006 to Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, as well as with Best Lawyers in America each year since 2007. In addition, he has an excellent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was chosen as Boss of the Year by the Gulf Coast Association of Legal Support Professionals in 2009 and 2015.

To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, Mr. Whitfield maintains affiliation with the Council on Litigation Management, the Defense Research Institute, honor society Delta Theta Phi, the Alabama Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.

As a career highlight, Mr. Whitfield emphasizes that has not had a bar complaint or malpractice lawsuit filed against him during his 42 years of practicing law. His is also most proud of the cases that he has defended over the years which usually involved serious personal injury or death, and being able to overcome these odds are significant to him. 

In coming years, Mr. Whitfield hopes to continue his work as an attorney and a shareholder of the firm as well as to continue to have a good reputation among his peers.

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