Paul H. Stephenson  III - Watkins & Eager PLLC

Paul H. Stephenson III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Paul H. Stephenson, III was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1977.  He is also admitted to practice before all state and federal district courts in Mississippi, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  His practice has focused on business, commercial and financial disputes at the trial and appellate levels involving a wide array of subject matters.  Paul's experience includes complex class actions, oil and gas controversies, and business practices challenges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  His cases of note include The Piney Woods Country Life School v. Shell Oil Co., 539 F. Supp. 957 (S.D. Miss. 1982), aff'd in partrev'd in part, 726 F.2d 225 (5th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 471 U.S. 1005 (1985); on remand, No. J74-0307(W) (S.D. Miss. April 24, 1989), aff'd in part,rev'd in part, 905 F.2d 840 (5th Cir. 1990); on remand, 1995 WL 917482 (S.D. Miss. 1995), aff'd in part, 116 F.3d 478 (5th Cir. 1997);on remand, 170 F. Supp. 2d 675 (S.D. Miss. 1999), aff'd, 218 F.3d 744 (5th Cir. 2000); Ayers v. Allain, 674 F. Supp. 1523 (N.D. Miss. 1987),aff'd en banc, 898 F.2d 1014 (5th Cir. 1990), vacated and remanded, 505 U.S. 717 (1992); on remand, 879 F. Supp. 1419 (N.D. Miss. 1995), aff'd in partrev'd in part, 111 F.3d 1183 (5th Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 522 U.S. 1084 (1998); on remand, 2002 WL 91895 (N.D. Miss. 2002), aff'd, 358 F.3d 356 (5th Cir. 2004), cert. denied,543 U.S. 951 (2004); and Smith v. Tower Loan of Mississippi, Inc., 216 F.R.D.338 (S.D. Miss. 2003), aff'd,  91 Fed. Appx. 952 (5th Cir. 2004),cert. denied., 534 U.S. 1089 (2005).

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Publications And Honors
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2016, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance)
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2016, Oil and Gas Law, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2015, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2016, Litigation:  General and Commercial)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2015, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Civil Litigation Defense)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV rating
  • 2016 Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star 

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
Paul H. Stephenson III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Paul H. Stephenson III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Natural Resources, Professional Malpractice)
Energy Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Natural Resources Law
Oil and Gas Law (Contract, Litigation)

Other Information

Gender: Male