Areas of Practice
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law,
    LLB, 1949
    Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal, 1948–1949; Phi Delta Phi

  • University of Mississippi
    BA, 1943
    Omicron Delta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia, 1973
  • Mississippi, 1949
William Winter
Special Counsel
Suite 800
190 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201
601.949.4800 tel
601.949.4804 fax

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The Honorable William F. Winter is a special counsel in the Government Relations Practice Group. He focuses his practice on state and local government finance, legislative, and governmental relations.

Governor Winter has served Mississippi in numerous official capacities, including serving as Governor (1980-1984), Lieutenant Governor (1972-1976), Mississippi State Treasurer (1964-1968), Mississippi State Tax Collector (1956-1964), and Representative in the Mississippi House of Representatives (1948-1956).

In June 1997, Governor Winter was appointed by President Clinton as a member of the National Advisory Board on Race Relations. He is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and is past chair of the National Civic League, the Kettering Foundation, and the Foundation for the Mid-South, an organization of leaders from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana dedicated to improving the economic and social conditions of the three-state area. Governor Winter received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and is a Fellow of The Mississippi Bar Foundation. In 1998, he was the recipient of The Mississippi Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • Governor of Mississippi (1980-1984)
  • Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (1972-1976)
  • Mississippi State Treasurer (1964-1968)
  • Mississippi State Tax Collector (1956-1964)
  • Mississippi House of Representatives (1948-1956)
  • Honorary Degree Recipient, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tougaloo College, Davidson College, Millsaps College, Mississippi University for Women, Troy State University, William Carey College, and Jackson State University
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree Recipient in Public Service, Mississippi State University and Sewanee: The University of the South
  • John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award
  • Ole Miss Women's Council Legacy Award
  • The Mississippi Bar Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award, National Education Association (2001)
  • Dedication of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's new residence as the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (2003)
  • Renaming of the University of Mississippi Institute for Racial Reconciliation as the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (2003)
  • University of Mississippi's Law Hall of Fame (Inaugural Member, 2010) 
  • The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award (2016)
  • The World War II Museum – The American Spirit Medallion (2016)
  • The University of Mississippi's Alumni Service Award (2017)




  • American Bar Association
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (Chairman, 1983)
  • Capitol Area Bar Association
  • Commission on the Future of the South (Chairman, 1986)
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Foundation for the Mid South (Chairman, 1990–1992)
  • Institute of Politics, Harvard University (Fellow, 1985)
  • Kettering Foundation (Chairman, 1990–1993)
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History (President, Board of Trustees)
  • National Advisory Board on Race Relations
  • National Civic League (Chairman, 1988–1989)
  • National Commission on the State and Local Public Service (Chairman)
  • Ole Miss Alumni Association (President, 1978)  
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Southern Growth Policies Board (Chairman, 1981)
  • Southern Regional Education Board (Chairman, 1982)
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • The Mississippi Bar Foundation (Fellow)