Watkins & Eager

Law Firm in Jackson, MS
601-965-1900

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About This Firm

Established in 1895, Watkins & Eager PLLC is a full-service, diversified law firm, specializing in a multitude of practice areas. These areas include an extensive real estate, banking, corporate and business practice, as well as the firm's broad trial and appellate practice. The firm is privileged to represent banking and financial institutions, manufacturers, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies, commercial real estate developers, health care providers, investors, insurers, institutions of higher learning, and governmental agencies at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels.

The lawyers of Watkins & Eager possess exceptional legal experience and have achieved numerous notable distinctions. Many of our attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and Watkins & Eager has been named by that publication as the number one firm in Mississippi in the following categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Insurance Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Mass Tort Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law; Oil & Gas Law; Products Liability; and Real Estate Law. Additionally, Chambers USA—America's Leading Lawyers for Business® has recognized Watkins & Eager as a leading firm in many areas, including Labor & Employment; Litigation - General Commercial; Real Estate; Corporate/Commercial; Energy & Natural Resources, and Products Liability (National).

The firm's lawyers are members of prestigious professional organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the Product Liability Advisory Council.

Today, Watkins & Eager has inherited a legacy of excellence and has become a name synonymous with integrity, experience, dedication, responsiveness, critical thinking and creativity. The firm possesses the skills and the commitment of responsibly to address complex legal problems and is dedicated to building relationships and going beyond what clients ask of them. The firm honors its heritage and is committed to the future prosperity of the entire community.

Areas of Law

  • Civil Litigation
  • State Government Law
  • Federal Practice
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Labor And Employment
  • Lender Liability
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Drug And Medical Device Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Oil And Gas Law
  • Securities
  • Tax Controversies
  • Torts
  • Workers Compensation
  • General
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Criminal Tax Controversies
  • Health Care Fraud
  • White Collar Crime
  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bonds
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Government
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation.
 

Peer Rating

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Average Peer Rating

Based on this firm's rated lawyers
4.9 out of 5.0

Legal Knowledge
4.8
Analytical Capabilities
4.8
Judgement
4.8
Communication Ability
4.8
Legal Experience
4.7

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People at This Firm

Lawyer Name:
Area of Law:
William H. Watkins
William H. Watkins
Member
(1895-1959)
Pat H. Eager, Jr.
Pat H. Eager, Jr.
Member
(1916-1970)
Elizabeth Watkins Hulen
Elizabeth Watkins Hulen
Member
(1934-1977)
Hassell H. Whitworth
Hassell H. Whitworth
Member
(1964-1991)
Thomas H. Watkins
Thomas H. Watkins
Member
(1933-1994)
Vardaman S. Dunn
Vardaman S. Dunn
Member
(1935-1997)
William E. Suddath, Jr.
William E. Suddath, Jr.
Of Counsel
(1941-2002)
Associate
Associate
Of Counsel

Firm Details

Year Established

1895

Firm Size

71

Payment Information
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
Languages

French, German and Spanish.

Partnership Information

A Professional Limited Liability Company

Clients

BANKING AND FINANCE: BancorpSouth Bank, BankFirst Financial Services, BankPlus, Britton and Koontz Bank, N.A., Community Trust Bank, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., First Tower Corp., Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Merchants & Farmers Bank, Merchants & Marine Bank, Metropolitan Bank, Regions Bank, Trustmark National Bank, UBS Financial Services, Inc. and Whitney National Bank.

Clients

GENERAL: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Delta Industries, Inc., Delta Pride Catfish, Inc., Detroit Diesel Corporation, Dollar General Corporation, Dunn Investment Company, International Paper Company, Jackson Healthcare for Women, P.A., Jackson Heart Clinic, P.A., Kroger Co., Millsaps College, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc., Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan, Mississippi Rural Habilitation Corporation, MMC Materials, Inc., The Newborn Associates P.A., The Peble Corporation, Petroleum Equipment Company, Inc., Ridgway Lane & Associates, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Waste Management and Inc.

Clients

INSURANCE: ACE USA, AVEMCO Aviation Insurance Co., Doctors Insurance Co., Health Assurance LLC, Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co., New York Life Insurance Company, The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, The Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Group, The Triangle Insurance Companies, Tudor Insurance Company, Universal Underwriters, Inc. and Western World Insurance Company.

Clients

MANUFACTURERS: American Household, Inc., A. O. Smith Corporation, AstraZeneca, Bayer Corp., The Black & Decker Corporation, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb Co., Caterpillar Inc., CNH America LLC, Crown Equipment Corp., The ESAB Group, Inc., General Motors Corporation, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Hobart Brothers Company, Jarden Corporation, Kia Motors America, Inc., La-Z-Boy South, Inc., Lincoln Electric Company, Linde LLC f/k/a The BOC Group, Inc., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Makita U.S.A., Inc., Mazda (North America), Inc., National Food Processors Assn., Nissan North America, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Pfizer, Inc., Praxair, Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Sanderson Farms, Inc., Sandvik, Inc., Siemens Corporation, Snapper Division of the Actava Group, Sturm Ruger & Company, Terex Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., Union Carbide Corporation and Volkswagen of America.

Clients

OIL AND GAS: Blossman Gas, Inc., The Pruet Companies, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Fleet Morris Petroleum, Inc., Jetta Production Company, Murphy Oil USA Inc., Plantation Pipeline Co., Schlumberger, Shell Oil Co., Texaco Inc. and Willmut Gas Company.

Clients

REAL ESTATE: Cress Realty Group, Hemphill Construction Company, Heritage Properties, Inc., Kerioth Corporation, Landmark Homes, Inc., Neopolis Development LLC, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., Tenax LLC, The Park Companies, The Sembler Company, The Township Land Company and LLC.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Watkins & Eager
 P.O. Box 650,
Jackson, MS 39205

Firm Address

Watkins & Eager
The Emporium Building 400 East Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39201
U.S.A.

Phone

601-965-1900

Facsimile

601-965-1901

Office Information
The Emporium Building 400 East Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39201

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