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.



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