William Goforth


Goforth & Lilley, APLC

Firm Website


(337) 237-5777


Po Drawer 3563 109 Stewart Street








William H. “Bill” Goforth is a seasoned attorney with 36 years of experience. He has successfully tried cases involving deaths and injuries occurring during railroad-vehicle collisions, 18-wheeler collisions, drunk driver automobile collisions, automobile collisions, defective roadways, electrocutions from high voltage power lines, medical malpractice, and motorcycle accidents.

Bill’s experience includes automobile collision claims, all types of commercial truck personal injury cases, highway defect cases, products liability, construction cases, worker’s compensation cases, and has many years of litigation experience.

Bill belongs to many professional organizations and holds a variety of awards and honors. He’s taught numerous classes and seminars on a variety of topics. He’s a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Bill serves on the board for the Methodist Children’s Home and is active in veteran affairs. Bill is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Board Certified in Civil Trial Practice Law, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Bill has been recognized as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the National College of Advocacy.  He has been listed as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Bill is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he is listed as a Super Lawyer.

Bill received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School in 1982 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Troy State University in 1977.

Areas of Practice

18-Wheeler Truck Accidents/Big Truck Accidents
Car & Truck Accidents
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Workers Compensation
Automobile Wrecks
Motorcycle Accidents
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Off Shore Accidents
Industrial Accidents
Boating Accidents

Admission Details

Admitted in 1992, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
1982, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana
1994, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana and U.S. Supreme Court
1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1999, Chi Timacha Tribal Court of Louisiana

Law School Attended

Louisiana State University, Class of 1982, Juris Doctorate

University Attended

Troy State University, Class of 1977, Bachelor of Science

Birth Information

Born November 28, 1947, Norfolk, Virginia


U.S. Army, 1965-1969

Associations & Memberships

Lafayette Parish and Louisiana State Bar Associations
American Association of Justice
Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
National Trial Lawyers Association


Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy