Addison “Add” K. Goff IV

Addison “Add” K. Goff IV

Add has helped the families of north Louisiana for over twenty-five years. He is a Ruston High School graduate, and graduated Louisiana Tech University in only three years with highest honors (summa cum laude), majoring in History with minors in English and Foreign Languages. He obtained his Juris Doctorate at Louisiana State University and had articles published twice in the prestigious Louisiana Law Review.

Although Add has many years experience litigating complex products liability actions across the country and helping those accused of crimes, he has always felt a special calling to help the elderly and their families, which only strengthened after watching members of his own family struggle with end-of-life issues, dementia, and long-term care placement.  In specializing in Elder Law, Add helps families that are worried about losing everything to the costs of medical and nursing home care. Accredited by the Veterans Administration, he also assists wartime veterans and their families plan and obtain Veterans Pension Benefits, including Housebound and Aid & Attendance. Other areas of practice include:

  • Special Needs Planning for the Disabled
  • Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney
  • Medicaid Long-Term Care Planning and Crisis Management
  • Interdictions (Guardianships)
  • Power of Attorney Abuse
  • Successions and Probate
  • Criminal Defense, DWIs, and Expungements
  • Personal Injury

Add is an Eagle Scout, and has been a Tae Kwon Do and Judo instructor. In addition to other philanthropies over the years, Add served as President of Christian Community Action for five years and served on the Board of Directors for Louisiana Med-Camps for four years. Add and Shelley are also passionate about the preservation of our marine resources and Louisiana’s coast. Avid saltwater anglers, they are both life members of Louisiana’s Coastal Conservation Association.



More about Add Goff’s legal career:

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

  • President,1997-98
  • Vice-President, 1995-97

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 formerly National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).


 Tae Kwon Do and Judo Instructor.



[Veteran Pension and Medicaid Planning] I and my family are very pleased with the result of our association with Goff and Goff. Their expertise in the area of elder law [and] estate planning was just what we were looking for. Their patience with me concerning my many worries and questions was very much appreciated. They really care about their clients. JGG 11.13.18

Mr. Goff personally helped me when I was facing a possible felony, his work was extremely efficient and he kept me well updated throughout the process. Mr. Goff clearly explained all of my options and advised me on everything that I should do in order to overcome the charges. I would highly recommend Goff & Goff Attorneys to anyone that is in need of legal advice. Mr. Goff managed to make a very difficult situation easier to cope with as I was well informed and knew exactly where I stood. 5 out of 5 stars!  EA 11.8.2018

I had been struggling with some questions concerning my mom and her house for a few months. I had talked to people, social workers...lawyers...friends and family and no one could give me any concrete answers. I was searching for someone that might be able to answer my specific questions, found Mr. Goff doing a google search and I am so thankful to him who within a few minutes was able to answer the questions that I had been struggling with. If you are looking for an elder law attorney, please give him a call, I don't think that you will be disappointed.5 of 5 stars. DC 10.24.18.

My case has been ongoing for the past 4 years with no results, until I decided on Goff & Goff Law Firm. My prayers were answered, and you accomplished in 1 year what others could not succeed in doing. I am so very grateful you accepted my case. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude and thanks for representing. 5 of 5 stars. RA 9.28.17.

Excellent. I hired Ms. Goff for a name change there was some complications on my end but Ms Goff was professional, responsive and did everything I could ask for from a lawyer. 5 of 5 stars. Ab 10.12.17.

This Law firm is well Established. With that being said, the key to any Law firm is Production. This is what I can truly say as a proud client of this firm. They have caring hearts, & caring Hands with their clients. Humbly submitted, 5 of 5 stars. AC 7.6.14

"Child Custody. Ms Shelley was outstanding!!! I highly recommend her. I was seeking help with visitation and ended up getting my son completely. My life has changed completely because of Ms Shelley. She has shown me that fathers have just as much rights to their child as mothers do. This was a learning and life changing experience. Thank you Ms Shelley A. Goff. 5 of 5 stars. T 6.28.16"

"Excellent Attorney. I’m highly pleased with Mr. Goff's services, the diligence and expertise he provided were excellent. I would not hesitate to use him in the future. Mr. Goff handled my case personally, the diligence and expertise he provided excelled above and beyond my expectations. He took time to address any issues or concerns I had, provided guidance, and made sure I was informed of everything taking place throughout the suit. I'm highly pleased with the services. 5 of 5 stars. CS 10.3.2017"

"Passion. Attorney Goff had such grace and compassion for me during a very difficult time I faced. He told me what I needed to do during one of the most emotional moments in my life. Add, Thank you for being and Man of God and a total professional. I can see why you are successful, it is your love of people. Thank you! 5 of 5 stars. GW 10.12.17"

"I used both Shelley and Addison for various domestic issues including a divorce and legal aspects of estate management including a will. I was extremely pleased with both. Their work was consistently professional, timely, and clear. I was able to understand all my legal options as they provided including their recommendations based on their vast legal experience. 5 of 5 stars. JK 10.12.17"

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