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William S. Mendenhall

T: 601.969.4647
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Bill Mendenhall is a former leader of the Real Estate/Finance Group and concentrates his practice in general corporate law, business transactions, economic development projects and commercial real estate.

Professional Biography


Mr. Mendenhall regularly represents clients in business acquisitions, commercial lending transactions and insurance regulatory matters. He has represented real estate developers, banks and other commercial institutions, and public bodies in real estate developments, financings, foreclosures and dispositions.

He has also served as borrower's counsel and lender's counsel in acquisitions of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and apartment developments. For many years, he served as corporate and regulatory counsel to one of the state's largest domestic insurance companies.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1999 in the areas of Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Insurance Law
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Real Estate and Corporate Law since 2003
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006
  • Named among the top 50 attorneys in Mississippi by Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2010, 2011
  • Named a 2011 Leader in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal
  • Secretary of State's Business Law Advisory Group, 1993 – present; Chair, Corporate Laws Subcommittee
  • Member – American, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations
  • Chair – Business Section of the Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Law Institute – Member, 1986 – 1992, Chairman, 1992
  • President – Stewpot Community Services, Inc., 1994
  • Leadership Jackson, 1996
  • Recipient – Member of Distinction, Mississippi World Trade Center, 2011
  • Board of Directors – Mississippi World Trade Center, 2012 – 2014
  • Member – Mississippi Economic Development Council

William Mendenhall heads the department and is praised by peers for his broad practice which covers financings, foreclosures and developments. Clients describe him as 'very successful' in negotiations and appreciate his tenacious approach. 

William Mendenhall has a broad practice which includes extensive expertise in corporate, finance and real estate transactions. He routinely handles acquisitions and commercial lending matters, and is also well versed in insurance regulatory issues.

William Mendenhall incorporates real estate acquisitions, development and financing within his broader commercial practice. He is experienced preparing and overseeing all aspects of real estate loan portfolios for financial institutions as well as advising borrowers on acquisition financing. 

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