ACCL Membership Directory

William R. Purdy

  • Partner
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • 118 E Capitol Street, Suite 450
    P.O. Drawer 1789
  • Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1789
  • Email:
  • Phone: (601)592-9962
  • Cell: (601)953-6567
  • Company Phone: (601)948-8000
  • Fax: (601)592-1462


  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Law School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Master of the Bench, Charles Clark Chapter, American Inns of Court Fellow,
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation Member,
  • ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry Member,
  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law Member,
  • ABA Section of Litigation Member,
  • Mississippi State Bar

Community Activities and Public Service

  • General Counsel, Associated General Contractors of Mississippi, Inc.
  • General Counsel, Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • General Counsel, Mississippi Road Builders’ Association, Inc.
  • Special Counsel, Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association, Inc.
  • Infantry Company Commander, United States Marine Corps

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Mississippian Commendation, Concurrent Resolution No. 123, Mississippi House of Representatives and Mississippi Senate
  • Who’s Who in American Law Member
  • National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Bronze Star Medal (with Combat Valor Distinguishing Insignia)
  • Purple Heart Medal
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, American College of Trial Lawyers, Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Author The Art of Giving Effective Notice Without Creating Ill Will (1999)
  • Arbitration and Mediation in Mississippi, Charles Clark Inn, American Inns of Court (1999)
  • Surety’s Preservation of Its Principal’s Limited Liability under Mississippi Private Works (1997)
  • Representing the General Contractor, Symposium on Mississippi Construction Law, University of Mississippi (1987)
  • The Surety in Federal Government Contracts, Surety Law Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1984)
  • Editor and Co-Author Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Construction Law (1996)
  • Equitable Adjustments in Federal Government Contracts, Contract Services Association of America(1996)
  • Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1996), Mississippi chapter
  • A Demonstration in Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation, Construction Financial Management Association, National Conference and Exhibition (1995)
  • Mississippi Construction Law, National Business Institute, Inc. (1987, 1988, 1992)


  • State-by-State Guide, Architect, Engineering, and Contractor Licensing, Aspen Publishers, Inc. (1999),Mississippi chapter

Speeches, Panel Discussions and Seminars:

  • Mississippi Construction Law, various organizations (1981, 1984-l988, 1990-2003)
  • “Legal Risks of the Engineer in Mississippi,” Guest Lecturer, Univ. of Miss. Dept. of Civil Engineering 2003)
  • Construction Management Trends Toward Increased Liability, various organizations (1999)
  • Equitable Adjustments in Federal Government Contracts, Procurement 96 Workshop, Contract Services Association of America (1996)
  • Legal Pitfalls of Design-Build, various organizations (1995)
  • Delay Damages: Considerations of Fault and Fairness, various organizations (1993)
  • Bonding Issues for the Nineties, Construction Industry Symposium (1990)
  • Representing the General Contractor, Best of CLE Seminar, University of Mississippi (1987)
  • Choosing Between Arbitration and Litigation, Mississippi Arbitration Seminar, American Arbitration Association (1986)

Court Admissions

  • State of Mississippi
  • State of Georgia
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Federal and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. District Courts (N.D. Miss., S.D. Miss., N.D. Ga., and W.D. Tex.)

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