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GENERALWilliam Earnest Whitfield, III2449 Summerwood Circle (Home)

Gulfport, MS 39507

(228) 896-6933

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. (Office)

2781 C.T. Switzer Sr. Drive, Suite 200

Biloxi, Mississippi 39531

P.O. Box 10

Gulfport, Mississippi 39502

228.863.6101 (Switchboard)

228.867.0827 (Direct/Secretary)FAMILY

Wife - Anita Robertson Whitfield (married in 1979)

Children: Stacey R. Whitfield (20)

W. E. Whitfield IV (16)

W. M. Whitfield (11)

EDUCATIONUniversity of Mobile - B.A. (History-Division Award) 1977

Mississippi College School of Law - JD 1981PUBLICATIONS

Mississippi College Law Review, Mississippi College School of Law - Spring 1992

"Mississippi Medical Privilege: Blessing or Curse"

The Profile-Mississippi Association of Legal Secretaries - Spring 1994

"Conflicts of Law"

Crowd Management - October/December 1996

"Legal Liability in Crowd Management"

The MDLA Quarterly (December 2003)

"Fictitious Parties and Amendments Joining a Party under Mississippi Civil Procedure Rule 9(h) and 15(c)"

The MDLA Quarterly (March 2004)

"Automatic Liability of Insurance Carriers for Excess Judgments? The Real Meaning of Home v. Miss. Ins. Guaranty Association"

The MDLA Quarterly (Winter 2005)

"Katrina: The Face Only a Mother Could Love"

The MDLA Quarterly (Summer 2007)

"Federal Court Predicts Mississippi Supreme Court Would Adopt a ‘Continuous Trigger’ Theory in Context of Damage Caused by Faulty Construction Work"

The MDLA Quarterly (Spring 2008)

"Fictitious Parties and Amendments Joining a Party under Mississippi Civil Procedure Rule 9(h) and 15 - Revisited"

HONORSUniversity of Mobile - Division Award in History (1977)

Mississippi College School of Law - Law Review (1978-1980)

Associate Staff Member (1978-1979)

Executive Editor (1979-1980)

Am Jur Award in Trusts (1979)

Mississippi College School of Law - Honor Council

Member - Justice (1978-1979)

Chief Justice (1979-1980)

Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity - President (1978-1979)

Outstanding Young Men of America (1980 and 1983)

Harrison County Young Lawyers - President (1988-1989)

University if Mobile - Alumni of the Year Award (1995)

Gulf Coast Association of Legal Support Professionals - Boss of the Year (2009)

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)

Board of Directors (2000-2003)

Officer - Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2005)

President Elect (2005-2006)

President (2006-2007)

Editorial Board (2008-2009)

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

State Representative (2007-2009)

Exceptional Service Award (2006)

Martindale Hubbell (National Directory of Lawyers) - AV RatedBest Lawyers in America (2006-2008)

- AV RatedBest Lawyers in America (2006-2008)

Madisons’ Who’s Who (2007)

Gulf Coast Assoc. Legal Support Professionals

"Boss of the Year" (2009)

PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS

Alabama State Bar Association - 1981

(Supreme Court Admission)

Mississippi State Bar Association - 1982

(Supreme Court Admission)

United States Supreme Court - 1998

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - 1984

U.S. District Court/Southern District of Mississippi - 1983

U.S. District Court/Southern District of Alabama - 1991

(Also member of the Bar of the U.S. District Courts: Middle District Alabama; Northern District of Alabama; Northern District of Mississippi)

LAW PRACTICE

United States District Court Law Clerk 1981-1983 (Magistrate John M. Roper)

Biloxi, Mississippi

Bryant Dukes & Blakeslee Associate 1983-1987

Gulfport, Mississippi Partner 1987-2008

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A.

(successor to Bryant Dukes & Blakeslee)

Gulfport, Mississippi Shareholder 2008-Present

Location

  • 200 East Beach Boulevard, Building Five
    P.O. Box 10
    Gulfport, MS 39507

Federal Clerkships

  • Magistrate Judicial Clerkships

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Gulfport (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

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