Joel is a lifelong resident of and fifth generation Mississippian. Before forming his own firm, Joel's professional career included work at several Mississippi Gulfcoast defense firms, where he focused primarily on real estate, corporate law and litigation, corporate risk assessment, complex transactional drafting/management, healthcare compliance and litigation, estate planning, probate, family law and general lititigation. During his professional career, he also served as General Counsel to multiple healthcare corporations, overseeing the legal aspects of a critical access hospital, skilled-nursing facilities, a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitative facility and a durable medical equipment company. He also has represented the public sector, having served several public entities in contract formation, negotiation, interpretation and adoption; competitive bidding; statutory interpretation; construction lending; litigation; and eminent domain.
Joel has a strong background in financial matters, having graduated magna cum laude with general and senior honors in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Joel earned his certified public accountant (CPA) designation while in law school and has served as an adjunct professor of accounting at William Carey University.
Married to the former Shelly Goodbread of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Joel and Shelly have one daughter, Joelly. Joel is involved in the civic life of the Gulf Coast, having served as special counsel to Westminster Academy. Scouting is another of his outside interests, where he serves as Assistant District Commissioner for the Spanish Trail District of the Pine Burr Area Council.