William H. Goforth

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lafayette, LA

Goforth & Lilley, APLC
 | 109 Stewart Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: 337-237-5777
Fax: 337-232-0786
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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    Attorney William H. Goforth is a partner at Goforth & Lilley, APLC, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Mr. Goforth dedicates his practice to personal injury and maritime law, representing clients in Lafayette and the surrounding parishes who have been injured in car, trucking or other types of accidents.

    A veteran who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War, Mr. Goforth graduated with a degree in social science from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He later earned his law degree from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge and was board-certified in civil trial advocacy and civil pretrial practice law  by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

    Mr. Goforth is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts and is licensed to appear before the U.S. district courts for the eastern, middle and western districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and the Chitimacha Tribal Court .

    A Diplomat in the National College of Advocacy, Mr. Goforth is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization composed of attorneys who have recovered settlements and verdicts of $2 million or more for their clients. He also belongs to the Lafayette Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and a variety of other professional legal organizations. He has co-written articles for several publications and also spoken at different conferences on a variety of personal injury and litigation topics.

    Mr. Goforth also enjoys giving back to his community by participating in pro bono and volunteer activities. He is a member of Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers and Friends of Grand Isle, an organization dedicated to helping Louisiana residents after natural disasters.He is a co-chair of The Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana, an organization dedicated to improving veterans care and serves on the Board of the Methodist Childrens Home.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2015 - 2021

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    About William Goforth

    Admitted: 1982, Louisiana

    Professional Webpage: https://www.goforthlilley.com/attorneys/william-goforth/


    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers Association, Listed 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Louisiana
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Life Member
    • Super Lawyers, Listed 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Louisiana
    • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review - AV Rating for Ethics & Ability
    • Who's Who - Marquis

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy - Board Certified - Civil Trial Advocacy
    • National Board of Trial Advocavy - Board Certified - Civil Pretrial Practice Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
    • Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
    • Lafayette Barrister's Club, Member
    • National College of Advocacy - Dipolmate
    • Viet Nam Veterans of America, Life Member
    • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Louisiana, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Friends of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Member
    • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
    • Diplomat with National College of Advocacy
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
    • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers
    • Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana - Co-Chair, 2017
    • Alice Boucher Elementary School, SAB Club for Improvement of Student Conduct

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Auto Torts: Serious Injuries - A Deposition Technique, L.A. Association of Justice, 2010
    • "Low Speed Impact & Connective Tissue Injuries", Sample Deposition - Cross-Examination of Defendant's - Contributor, Litigation Packet - AAJ, 2008
    • Litigating Auto Collision Cases - Uninsured Motorists, Jazz Fest Seminar, American Association of Justice, 2009
    • Personal Injury Cases, Calculating & Proving Damages National Business Institute, 2008
    • Personal Injury Cases: Calculating & Proving Damages, National Business Institute, 2007
    • Trial Advocacy in Louisiana, National Business Institute, 2004
    • Insurance Law - Third Party Coverage, National Business Institute, 2002
    • Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists Law, National Business Institute, Louisiana, 2001
    • Moderator, What Happens When There's a Car Crash, The People's Law School, 2001
    • Uninsured Motorist Coverage Issues, Lafayette Paralegal Assoc., 2001
    • Trial Advocacy in Louisiana, National Business Institute, 1998
    • Medical Malpractice Trial - (Our Examination of Experts), Columbia Hospitals, 1997
    • Say it With Exhibits - Presentation and Communication, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1997
    • Trial Advocacy in Louisiana, National Business Institute, 1996
    • How to Win a Case by Using Settlement Brochures, Exhibits & Brochures at Trial - Louisiana Trial Lawyers Assoc. Orlando, Florida, 1996
    • Mock Malpractice Trial, Cardiovascular Institute of the South, CME Division, Lafayette, Louisiana, 1996
    • Ethics, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
    • Radio - KJCB "Ask a Lawyer" Program
    • Expert Witnesses, The Peoples Law School / Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
    • Exhibits - Presentation of Communications, Louisiana Trial Lawyers
    • Faculty, National Business Institute
    • Faculty, National College of Advocacy
    • Depositions, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Troy State University, Troy, Alabama B.S., Honors: Diplomat, National College of Advocacy Major: Social Science, 1977
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    109 Stewart Street
    Lafayette, LA 70501

    Phone: 337-237-5777

    Fax: 337-232-0786

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