Firm Profile

Watkins & Eager PLLC

Headquarters

The Emporium Building
400 East Capitol Street
P.O. Box 650
Jackson, MS 39205
United States
(601) 965.1900

Firm Details

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 former members, Charles Clark, was the retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and 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.

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Mississippi in Commercial Finance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Mississippi in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Jackson in Banking and Finance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Commercial Finance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Commercial Transactions / UCC Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 9 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 12 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Jackson in Real Estate Law with 4 lawyers

Attorneys

Clifford B. Ammons
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
David L. Ayers
Lawyer of the Year:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2017)
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lewis W. Bell
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Walter J. Brand
Lawyer of the Year:
Litigation - Labor and Employment (2017)
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Litigation - Labor and Employment, Labor Law - Management, Employment Law - Management
H. Rusty Comley
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
James J. Crongeyer, Jr.
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
George R. Fair
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Utilities Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Corporate Law, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
Betty Ruth Fox
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Environmental Law
William F. Goodman, Jr.
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Natural Resources Law, Banking and Finance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Douglas J. Gunn
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Paul L. Gunn
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Michael O. Gwin
Lawyer of the Year:
Insurance Law (2017)
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
C. Joyce Hall
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Commercial Finance Law, Health Care Law
Jamie G. Houston III
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Elder Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Molly Jeffcoat Moody
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Mark D. Jicka
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Litigation - Health Care, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Walter T. Johnson
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Richard T. Lawrence
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Insurance Law
Kenneth E. Milam
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Arbitration, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Employment Law - Management, Mediation, Labor Law - Management
Jane B. Morgan
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Banking and Finance Law
Mildred M. Morris
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Steven D. Orlansky
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Jason L. Poulson
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William F. Ray
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Litigation - Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation
Stephanie M. Rippee
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
William C. Smith III
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law
Jim F. Spencer, Jr.
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy
Susan Latham Steffey
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Family Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Paul H. Stephenson III
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Energy Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Natural Resources Law, Commercial Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance
Keith W. Turner
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Environmental Law
Michael W. Ulmer
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Rebecca Lee Wiggs
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Jimmy B. Wilkins
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Roger W. Williams
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law
M. Binford Williams, Jr.
Lawyer of the Year:
Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2017)
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Commercial Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, Project Finance Law, Commercial Transactions / UCC Law, Derivatives and Futures Law
J. Collins Wohner, Jr.
Lawyer of the Year:
Appellate Practice (2017)
Location:
Jackson, Mississippi
Recognized For:
Appellate Practice

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • 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
  • Mediation
  • 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

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Hattiesburg, MS

106 Madison Plaza, Suite C

P.O. Box 16567

Hattiesburg, MS 39404

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The Emporium Building

400 East Capitol Street

P.O. Box 650

Jackson, MS 39205

United States

(601) 965.1900

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