M. Binford Williams , Jr. - Watkins & Eager PLLC

M. Binford Williams , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

M. Binford (Ben) Williams, Jr., has over twenty-five years of experience in large, complex commercial transactions.  Ben's practice is fast-paced and, on a regular basis, includes nuanced structures and innovative financing alternatives with his lender and borrower clients alike. His work includes significant representation of lenders in commercial loans (C&I, real estate, bonds, interest rate swaps), developers in the development, construction, and operations of complex real estate projects (apartment complexes, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers), and corporations in acquisition of subsidiaries and properties. He serves as outside general counsel for several corporations in various industries.  

Ben has practiced at Watkins & Eager since graduating from law school in 1986.  Since 2003, Ben has served as the Managing Member of the law firm.  Ben also chairs the Commercial Lending and Finance Practice Group.

Ben, along with Molly Jeffcoat Moody, is a co-author of Commercial Finance 701, a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  The series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys.

Additional Information

University of MississippiMBA 1983University of MississippiJ.D. 1986

Case History

Multi-Family Housing \ New Construction — Numerous new construction loans for multi-family housing:  $100,000,000+
Commercial Loans (C&I) — Numerous and ongoing representation of banks on large secured C&I lending transactiosn ranging from $5MM - $100MM.
Letter of Credit - New Construction — Complex Letter of Credit transaction on large office building: $50,000,000+
Gaming - Senior Secured Credit Facility — Indian Gaming Facility - $78MM -  commercial bank syndication - lead counsel to Arranger, Admin Agent and Lender
Low Income Housing Tax Credits - Lender Representation — Ongoing and regular representation of multiple lenders in low income housing tax credit transactions

Client Comments

"Binford Williams is very professional. He is easy to work with. He explains legal information in layman's terms."

"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. "

Office Location

The Emporium Building
400 East Capitol Street
P.O. Box 650
Jackson, MS 39205
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Project Finance Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Commercial Finance Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
M. Binford Williams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!M. Binford Williams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!M. Binford Williams, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Commercial Finance Law
Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Corporate Law (Acquisition Finance, Commercial, Corporate Finance, General Corporate, Industrial Revenue Bond Financing, Land Use, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Transactions)
Derivatives and Futures Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Project Finance Law (Industrial Revenue Bond Financing, Multi-Family Housing, Project Development, Real Estate, Transactions)
Real Estate Law (Bond Finance, Commercial, Development, Finance, Land Use, Real Property Law, Secured Transactions, Shopping Center Transactions, Tax Certiorari, Transactions, Workouts and Restructurings)

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male