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William Richard Wright

also known as William R. Wright, William Wright

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Alimony

About Me

William was born in Jackson, Mississippi, educated in the Jackson Public Schools and graduated from Murrah High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1968 and a Master of Business Administration in 1970 from the University of Southern Mississippi. William was a lieutenant in the United States Army with the 1st Infantry Division from 1970 to 1972. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1974, and served as business manager of the Mississippi Law Journal.


William practices with Wright Law Firm, P.A. in Ridgeland, a firm of five lawyers with a statewide practice limited to the family law area, which includes divorce, child custody, property division, marital contracts and international child abduction cases. He also mediates family law cases. Wright Law Firm has been selected as one of the Best Firms for family law in America by U.S. News & World Report.


William has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in family law since 2001 and was named Lawyer of the Year in Family Law for 2013. He also has been listed in the Mid-South edition of SuperLawyers in family law since its inception. In 2008, 2011 and in 2013, William was named one of the top 50 lawyers in Mississippi in all categories by SuperLawyers. In 2010, The Mississippi Business Journal included him as one of 50 Mississippi lawyers in that publication’s initial Leadership in Law Class. William is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.


William has served on the Taxation Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has been active with the Mississippi Bar and has served on numerous committees. William served two terms as Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Mississippi Bar and served on the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. William served as a Mississippi Bar Commissioner from 2006 to 2009 served from 2010 to 2013 on the Committee on Professional Responsibility. He is Past President of the Capital Area Bar Association and served on its Legal Economics Committee and People's Law School Committee for several years.


William is one of only three Mississippi fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the state’s only fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. William is one of only 100 family lawyers in America elected as diplomats in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He served for several years on the editorial board of The Matrimonial Strategist where many of William’s articles have been published nationally. William is a frequent speaker on family law topics, and in 2004 was asked by the University of Texas School of Law to be Moderator for the School's Symposium on The Civil Aspects of Internatioinal Child Abduction (Hague Convention).


William is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Jackson, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Downtown YMCA, and is a member of the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. He is a member of the USM Alumni Association, the USM M-Club Alumni Association, and the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. William is a member of the Lamar Order, and has served on the Board of Directors of the USM Foundation. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of The Shepherd's Staff Counseling Center and formerly served as President and board member of the Neighborhood Christian Center and board member of Covenant Presbyterian Preschool. William has been a member of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi, Madison County Foundation, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.


William and his wife, DeAnn, have two daughters; Julia, a graduate of Samford University, and currently working on her MA at Reformed Theological seminary; and Anna junior pharmacy major at Ole Miss. All are members of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1974

  1. Alimony: 25%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Family: 25%
    41 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    41 years, 2 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jon H Powell

    I endorse this lawyer. He is a very effective divorce and family law attorney in Mississippi. He is well-known and well-respected among the other lawyers in the community. He has a very deep knowledge and understanding of the law, and he is well-respected by all of the judges. He treats everyone with respect, even in the stressful times of a divorce. He goes above and beyond in looking at the financial situation of each client to determine what is the best approach to get the best result for his clients.

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    Jon Powell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lindsey Alexandra Boyd

    William is an excellent attorney who has abundant knowledge and years of experience. His wisdom, dedication, and kind hearted spirit are just a few of the many wonderful qualities that he demonstrates in his practice of law and which set him apart from other attorneys. Anyone would be greatly privileged to have William as their attorney.

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    Lindsey Boyd Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MSAuthorized to practice law197405/11/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Lawyer of the year--Family lawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 lawyers in MississippiMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Lawyers in MississippiMississippi Business Journal2012
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 50 lawyers in MississippiMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2009
Top 50 lawyers in MississippiMid-South Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2006
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2005
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2004
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2003
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2002
Best Lawyers in America--Family LawBest Lawyers in America2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President/Senior AttorneyWright Law Firm, P.A.1996 - Present
PartnerMartin, Young & Wright1987 - 1996
PartnerWright & Young1984 - 1987
PartnerWright, Overstreet & Young1981 - 1984
OwnerWilliam R. Wright, Attorney at Law1979 - 1981
Associate LawyerBrunini Grantham Grower & Hewes1974 - 1979

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Mississippi BarCommittee on Professional Responsibility2010 - 2013
American College of Family Trial LawyersDiplomate2009 - Present
Mississippi BarExectuve Committee2008 - 2009
Mississippi BarCommisioner2006 - 2009
Madison County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Mississippi Bar FoundationFellow2003 - Present
Capitol Area Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
Internationl Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2000 - Present
Mississippi Bar, Family Law SectionChairman1999 - 2000
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1994 - Present
Mississippi Bar, Family Law SectionChariman1994 - 1995
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Mississippi BarMember1974 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"My Friend, the Judge"2012
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"Love Affairs and Long-Arm Statutes"2011
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"Who is 'Any Person' Anyway? The Reach of the Federal Wiretapping Act Inside the Home"2010
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"Court Declares the Wisdom of the Plan Documents Rule"2009
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"Vehicle Tracking Surveillance; Is it Legal?"2008
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"Alienation of Affection: The Tentacles Remain"2007
The Matrimonial Strategist (LJN)"What's the Intention of the Retention? The International Child Abduction Remedies Act"2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MississippiLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of Southern MississippiFinanceMBA - Master of Business Administration1970
Uniersity of Southern MississippiFinanceBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1968

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law in Mississippi"Alimony in Mississippi"2013
2012 Summer School for Lawyers"Making Sense of Recent Family Law Decisions"2012
Hot Tips from the Experts"11 Random Tax Tips for Family Lawyers"2011
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Porter v. Porter: The View from Inside"2010
Divorce Law in Mississippi: A Seminar for Family Therapists"Fault Grounds in Mississippi"2010
Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces"Failure to Understand Tax Consequences of Assets"2008
Mississippi Case Law Update"Overview of Equitable Distribution in Mississippi"2007
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Joint Physical Custody: Is it Really?"2007
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"When is Alimony Taxable and Deductible?"2006
2006 Estate Planning Seminar"Antenuptial Agreements and Postmnuptial Agreements in Mississippi"2006
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Child Custody and the Daubert Standard"2005
2005 Summer School for Lawyers"Mediation in Family Law Cases:"2005
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Converting Rehab Alimony to Permanent Alimony"2004
Family Law Section: 11th Annual Hot Tips Seminar"The Marital Residence: Should Your Client Leave?"2004
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Section"The Marital Residence: Should Your Client Leave?"2003
Univ. of Texas School of Law: International Litigation, a SymposiumModerator: "Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: Triumph or Disaster?"2002
Bridge the Gap Seminar"Domestic Relations in Mississippi"2002
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Homosexuality and Child Custody"2001
Bridge the Gap Seminar"Domestic Relations: Bridging the Gap"2001
Hot Tips from the Experts"Office Procedures"1999
Hot Tips from the Experts Family Law Seminar"Taxable Alimony--Revisited"1998
How to Build Your Solo or Small Firm Practice for Success"Firm Organization and Management/Client Relations and Business Development"1996