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Joel Lavelle Blackledge

Real estate Attorney at Gulfport, MS

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Joel's professional career included work at several Mississippi Gulfcoast defense firms, where he focused primarily on real estate, corporate law and litigation, corporate risk assessment, complex transactional drafting/management, healthcare compliance and litigation, estate planning, probate, family law and general lititigation. During his professional career, he also served as General Counsel to multiple healthcare corporations. He also has represented the public sector, having served several public entities in contract formation, negotiation, interpretation and adoption; competitive bidding; statutory interpretation; construction lending; litigation; and eminent domain. 


Joel has a strong background in financial matters, having graduated magna cum laude with general and senior honors in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Joel earned his certified public accountant (CPA) designation while in law school and has served as an adjunct professor of accounting at William Carey University.  Married to the former Shelly Goodbread of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Joel and Shelly have one daughter.


Blackledge Law Firm Pa
30 29th St
Gulfport, MS, 39507-1811


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Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
All legal issues, solved in one place.
Joel has handled several personal cases and many business cases for me. It's nice to be able to turn to just one person you can count on instead of having to look for someone new for each different case. He and his staff are very nice and easy to talk to. He's handled my real estate closings, property damage from renters, owner finance transactions, business contracts and more!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-275 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Blackledge Law Firm
  • 2007 - Present


  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hooten vs Ocwen Mortgage
  • Confidential settlement
  • In the Matter of the Estate of Bobby Ray Finley, Deceased, Kenneth Ray Finley and Sandra Finley McCardle v. Jessie Daryl Finley
  • Affirmed on appeal


  • Mississippi Bar
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • N/A
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  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Landlord tenant law
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Landlord tenant law continuing education seminar
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as I have referred several clients to Joel. He has been fair and informative to each of them when they have been over their head with medical and credit card debt. I will continue these referrals based on my client's statements."
Personal injury