William L. Goode

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana

The Goode Law Firm
William L. Goode
The Goode Law Firm

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1972

Education: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

The Goode Law Firm

812 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501 Visit website


Attorney William L. Goode is a member of The Goode Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana. Nationally regarded as a leading trial attorney, Mr. Goode has more than 52 years of legal experience. He represents the rights and liberties of clients throughout Louisiana and Texas who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:

·        Criminal defense

·        Personal injury

·        Drug crimes

·        OWI/DWI

·        Auto accidents

·        Wrongful death

Having once served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge, as well as a state and federal prosecutor, Mr. Goode has a unique insight into the criminal justice system, which helps him devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. Moreover, he has outstanding trial abilities, and he has assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining the justice they deserve after suffering an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

No matter the issues his clients are facing or how complex their needs are, Mr. Goode has proven himself a devoted and effective legal advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves. Recognized for his exemplary ethical standards and outstanding legal abilities, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from his peers.

A 1968 graduate of Texas A & M University, Mr. Goode obtained his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Herbert Law Center in 1971. Along with practicing before all Louisiana and Texas state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Goode is a member of the Lafayette Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Louisiana and American Associations for Justice. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1972, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.goodelawyer.com/attorneys/william-l-goode/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • LA Association for Justice
  • Lafayette Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2001, Texas
  • Admitted in 1972, Louisiana
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Honorable Discharge, USAR Armor - Captain 
Educational Background:
  • Texas A & M University, Class of 1968, B.A.

Office location for William L. Goode

812 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501

Phone: 337-294-8058


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

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