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Watkins & Eager is a full service, diversified law firm. Its proud heritage began in 1895 when William Hamilton Watkins became the twentieth lawyer at the Jackson bar. The influential career of Will Watkins spanned sixty-four years during which he argued over twenty cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Pat H. Eager, Jr. joined Will Watkins in 1916 and practiced with the firm until his death in 1970; Pat Eager was recognized as a premier trial lawyer who served as president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1943–1944) and who was Mississippi’s initial invitee into the American College of Trial Lawyers. For several decades the image of the firm was heavily influenced by two of Will Watkins’ children. Elizabeth Watkins Hulen, an outstanding appellate advocate, was the first woman in Mississippi history to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States. Thomas H. Watkins earned a national reputation in the representation of corporate and governmental clients. Will Watkins’ grandson, Bill Goodman, is the firm’s senior partner and is one of only three Mississippi lawyers who are members of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Many others have contributed and continue to contribute to the growth and progress of the firm that now enjoys an extensive corporate and business practice in addition to its broad trial and appellate practice.

Our client base includes major manufacturers, employers, contractors, oil and gas producers and refiners, banks and financial institutions, cable television operators, institutions of higher learning, investors, telecommunication providers, insurers and governmental entities on the federal, state, county and municipal levels.

The firm has graduates in law from Columbia University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi College, New York University, Tulane University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of California (Hastings), University of Florida, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and Wake Forest University. The staff includes investigators, paralegals, nurses and other professional support personnel. Orderly continued growth is expected.

Significant Distinctions: The firm is proud of the academic achievements and honorary qualifications of its lawyers. One of the firm’s active members, Charles Clark, is the retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and is also a member of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In-house professional endeavors are required in addition to mandatory continuing legal education. Participation in the State Bar pro bono program is encouraged.

Individual lawyers are associated with recognized civic, industry and professional organizations. Members belong to the Product Liability Advisory Council, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American College of Employment Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


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George R. Fair Watkins & Eager PLLC
Practicing in: Administrative / Regulatory Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Utilities Law

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Top Listed State Awards
Top-Listed in Mississippi in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Mississippi in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 8 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Mississippi in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 12 lawyers.
Top Listed Metro Awards
Top-Listed in Jackson, Mississippi in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 12 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Jackson, Mississippi in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 8 lawyers.
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Client Comments

"Given Ben's experience, he is very helpful in providing solutions that resolve issues that arise throughout the closing process. He is always available, day or night, and willing to do whatever necessary to meet his client's expectations. I would highly recommend Ben to any financial institution as well my clients that need legal expertise. "
- Kevin Hahn
Community Trust Bank
"Binford Williams is very professional. He is easy to work with. He explains legal information in layman's terms."
- Anonymous

Watkins & Eager PLLC

Contact Information

The Emporium Building
400 East Capitol Street
P.O. Box 650
Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601-965-1900
Fax: 601-965-1901


Partners: 49
Of Counsel: 5
Associates: 12
Other Lawyers: 7

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Commercial Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law - Management
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Oil and Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Project Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers