Upshaw Williams


J. L. Wilson IV

Since joining the bar in 1997, J.L.’s civil litigation practice has focused on professional liability, governmental liability and insurance defense. He has successfully represented over 20 of Mississippi’s county governments and their employees, defending against claims pursued under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act and 42 U.S.C. §1983 in both state and federal court. He also defends medical professionals against allegations of professional negligence, many of which are community hospitals covered by the MTCA.  He regularly advises insurers as to their duties to defend and coverage obligations to their insureds under errors and omissions, professional liability and other insurance contracts.

J. L. is admitted to all State and Federal Courts in the State of Mississippi, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, signifying the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association (Bar Commissioner, 4th District, 2008 - 2011) and a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.  He is also a member of the Leflore County Bar Association, The Mississippi Defense Lawyer's Association (Northern District board member 2016-18), and the Defense Research Institute.   

J. L. is a lifelong resident of Mississippi. Originally from Rosedale, he grew up in Greenville, attended college (BBA; 1993) and law school (JD; 1997) at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. In law school, he served as Assistant Editor of Mississippi Cases on The Mississippi Law Journal and on the Moot Court Board.  He has lived in Greenwood since joining the firm upon graduation from law school.  J.L. and his wife Cindy are the proud parents of sons James, Wells and Hilliard. They attend the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. J.L. is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting with his children, as well as participating in their sports teams and scouting.

Contact J.L. Wilson

PH 662-455-1613
FX 662-453-9245

309 Fulton Street
Greenwood, MS 38930

PO Drawer 8230
Greenwood, MS 38935-8230