William S. Painter

One Eastover Center
100 Vision Drive
Suite 400
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
T: 601.351.2425
F: 601.592.2425

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William S. Painter, former managing shareholder of the Jackson office, concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, tax and health care restructuring.  His experience includes corporate, employee benefits and deferred compensation, federal, state and local taxation, securities, and trusts and estates.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author – Mississippi Corporations - Formation and Operation (1992)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax Law since 1993
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Jackson-MS Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2013 Jackson-MS Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2010 Jackson-MS Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading lawyer in Mississippi since 2003 
  • Named an Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2006)
  • Fellow – American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow – American College of Tax Counsel
  • Former Chair – Mississippi Secretary of State's Task Force on Business Law Reform, which revised in their entirety Mississippi's statutes governing for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and limited partnerships (1986)
  • Former Chair – Secretary of State's Business Law Advisory Group, which has the ongoing responsibility of improving the state's business laws (1987 – 1996)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006; listed among the top 50 attorneys in Mississippi (2006 – 2011, 2013) 
  • Member – American, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations


  • U.S. Tax Court, 1975
  • Mississippi, 1974


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1974, with honors
  • New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1975
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1971