Addison "Add" K. Goff, IV

Areas of Practice:  Elder Law; Medicaid Long-Term Care Crisis Management and Medicaid Planning; VA Pension Benefits; Wills, Successions, Probate, Trusts, and Estates; Criminal Defense; Personal Injury; Firearms Products Liability; 

Admitted to Practice Law

State of Louisiana (1992)

State of Texas (inactive 2014)

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court, 

         Eastern District of Louisiana

         Middle District of Louisiana

         Western District of Louisiana

         District of Colorado

Admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice, in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Washington.

Veterans Administration accredited attorney


Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, La., Juris Doctorate Degree, 1992.  Wrote for Louisiana Law Review.  

Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., Bachelor of Arts, History (minors--English; foreign languages (German, French)) summa cum laude, 1989. 

Recent Court Cases of Note 

Junkins v. Modern Muzzleloading [Knight] - $2.12M jury verdict, upheld on appeal (2012)

Legal Publications 

“Hard to Swallow:  The Nuts and Bolts of Gag Order Litigation in Product Safety Cases.”  Submitted for publication in TRIAL magazine at request of Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). (TRIAL magazine is the nationally circulated monthly magazine of ATLA.)

“Point the Finger. . .at the Gun,” The Champion, Nov. 1999, p. 34. (The Champion is the nationally circulated monthly magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).)

Mixed Signals:  A Look at Louisiana’s Experience with Harmless Error in Criminal Cases, 59 La. L. Rev. 1169 (1999).  

Variations of a Common Theme:  An Analysis of Louisiana’s Experience with Harmless Error in Criminal Cases, 53 La. L. Rev. 1577 (1993).  

Numerous articles on criminal sentencing law appearing in the quarterly publication of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, since c. 1995.

Continuing Legal Education Speaking Engagements

American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America):

           Firearms & Ammunition Product Liability Litigation, Montreal, Canada, 2001

Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL):

           Professionalism,  Lafayette, 2001

           Forensic Ballistics and Firearms Design in Criminal Cases, New Orleans, 1998

Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association)

           Seize Success - Trials that Work, New Orleans, 2011

           Professionalism, New Orleans, 2004

Also lectured several times throughout country for non-profit groups on the subject of defective firearms litigation.  CLE credit not applied for.

Honors and Activities


Louisiana Public Defender Board, 2010 - 2015

Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board:  Hearing Committee Chair, for the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Bienville, Union, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Morehouse,Richland, Franklin, East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Caldwell, Winn, DeSoto, and Red River; 2002 to 2009. (Ethics judge hearing formal complaints against lawyers for ethical violations.) 

Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board, 1998-2006. (State agency appointed by governor to oversee and regulate Louisiana public defender funding.)

Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

         President, 2002-2003;

         Treasurer, 2001-2002;

         Board of Directors, 1995-2001

Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.

         Board of Governors, 1996-2002; 2004-2005.

Association of Trial Lawyers of America (American Association for Justice)

         Chairman, Firearms & Ammunition Litigation Group, 2001-present;

         Board of Governors, New Lawyer Division, 2002-2004.

Louisiana State Bar Association

         House of Delegates, 2002-.

Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming

         Graduate, Class of 2004.

Louisiana Association of Consumer Advocates


Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Christian Community Action (Multi-denominational food, clothing, and financial assistance organization consisting of representatives of all Lincoln Parish churches.)

          President, 1999-2004;

          Vice-President, 1998-1999.

Louisiana Med-Camps (Full-service summer camp for disabled children)

          Board of Directors, 2004-2008.

Ruston Jaycees


          Vice-President, 1995-97

Democratic State Central Committee

          Elected in 2004, four-year term.

Democratic Parish Executive Committee

          Elected in 2000, four-year term.

Lincoln Parish Little League Baseball, Coach, 1999-2003.

Habitat for Humanity, volunteer since 1999.

Coastal Conservation Association, Board Member (La)

Also member of Louisiana, Federal, and U.S. Fifth Circuit Bar Associations and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).


Tae Kwon Do and Judo Instructor.

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