William Garrigues Shields ("Garrig"), Co-founder and Managing Member of Shields Goodson, PLLC, is an experienced personal injury attorney with additional practice in commercial transactions and regulatory administrative law.
Drawing from a broad range of experience—as a law clerk at North Mississippi Legal Aid Services, intern to Federal District Judge Sharon Aycock, as a Special Assistant Attorney General, and Deputy Executive Director for MDHS, Garrig’s practical insight, innovative perspective, and attention to detail contribute to his overall ability to navigate complex legal problems in a way that both makes business sense and mitigates risk. Garrig began his career as General Counsel to the Executive Director’s Office of MDHS before transitioning to serve MDHS agency wide as a Special Assistant Attorney General. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, Garrig handled a diverse array of transactional and civil litigation matters on behalf of the agency, including regulatory compliance, contract negotiation and disputes, employment law claims, injunctions, and family law matters. As counsel liaison, he assisted and advised outside counsel representing the Department of Justice and Mississippi Tort Claims Board. He also served as legislative liaison between the MDHS and Mississippi Legislature, with a key role researching and implementing several initiatives passed by the legislature.
Garrig is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee, and a member of each state’s bar association. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned his B.A. in 2009, and obtained his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012.
Laura DeVaughn Goodson, Co-founder and Managing Member of Shields Goodson, PLLC, is a seasoned litigation and appellate attorney who has represented Fortune 500 across the nation in multiple areas of practice.
Laura has been actively involved in the litigation of product liability and personal injury tort claims since 2004. She has participated as part of the local trial counsel team defending asbestos personal injury actions for a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest chemical companies. In that role, Laura saw numerous cases through to verdict; boasting, along with the team, several wins in some of the nation’s most volatile jurisdictions. She also has extensive post-verdict and appellate experience, with a record that reflects participation in a number of successful appeals for asbestos clients before the Mississippi Supreme Court including a decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court vacating a $322 million verdict – the “Largest Single-Plaintiff Asbestos Award in U.S. History.” Laura’s practice further extends to the representation of business clients in matters involving corporate structure, corporate governance, and litigation avoidance strategies. Laura graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor of Mississippi College Law Review. Prior to law school, she earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and German from the University of Mississippi. Upon graduating from law school, Laura gained valuable experience as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Oliver E. Diaz, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Laura’s skills and talents have earned her recognition by the American Society of Legal Advocates, Mid-South Super Lawyers, as well as an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Laura is licensed to practice in both Mississippi and Alabama and a member of each state's bar association. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned a B.A. in Biology as well as a B.A. in German in 2000 and obtained her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2003.
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