William R. Wright
William was born in Jackson, Mississippi and was educated in the Jackson Public Schools, having graduated from Murrah High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance 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 Infantry Division from 1970 to 1972. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1974 where he served as business manager of the Mississippi Law Journal.
William has been named as a SuperLawyer in family law for seven consecutive years by Mid-South SuperLawyers. Also, the publication named him as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Mississippi in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He has been listed for 15 consecutive years in Best Lawyers in America in the family law area, and was named Lawyer of the Year by that publication in 2013. In 2011, the Mississippi Business Journal included William in its initial list of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi.
William has served as an executive member of the Taxation Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has been active with the Mississippi Bar Association, speaking at numerous seminars and serving on different 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. He recently served on the Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility. He is Past President of the Capital Area Bar Association and served on the Legal Economics Committee and the People's Law School Committee for several years. William is Mississippi's only Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
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 the Shepherd's Staff Counseling Center and formerly on the boards of the Neighborhood Christian Center and Covenant Presbyterian Preschool.
William and his wife, DeAnn, have two daughters: Julia, 23, a graduate of Samford University and currently a graduate student at Reformed Theological Seminary; and Anna, 21, a pharmacy major at Ole Miss. All are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi , 1974
Law Journal: Business Manager, Mississippi Law Journal, 1973 - 1974
M.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi, 1970
B.S., Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi, 1968
Bar AdmissionsSupreme Court of the United States of America, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1974
U.S. District Court for Southern & Northern Districts of Mississippi, 1974
Mississippi Courts, 1974
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
American College of Family Trial Lawyers
Member Since: 2009
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Member Since: 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Member Since: 1994
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
1992 - 1993 Executive Member,Taxation Committee
The Mississippi Bar, Family Law Section
1994 - 1995 Chair
Capital Area Bar Association, Family Law Section
Honors and Awards
Mid-South SuperLawyers: Named to Top 50 Lawyers in Mississipi in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013
Mid South SuperLawyers: Named SuperLawyer in Family Law in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Mississippi Business Journal: Named in Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi in 2010
Omicron Delta Kappa
Kappa Alpha Order