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Watkins & Eager PLLC

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Watkins & Eager PLLC is regionally ranked in 59 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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Banking and Finance Law

Watkins & Eager has always been very knowledgeable in the area of Banking and Finance, they understand the bank's perspective and give us sound advise.

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Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Watkins & Eager is a great firm with experienced attorneys. They are always helpful with needs we have, and available when needed.

William R "Randy" James The Pruet Companies

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Appellate Practice

Watkins & Eager is one of the best in the country.

Robert Maxwell BERNARD, CASSISA, ELLIOTT & DAVIS, APLC

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Watkins & Eager's product liability lawyers know how to win. Corey Hinshaw is an excellent product liability litigator and a pleasure to work with on strategic issues.

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Environmental Law

Keith Turner and his team at Watkins & Eager are a great help for us in dealing with MDEQ. They know the players and the best way to get things done. Their advice about how to approach the agency is invaluable.

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Health Care Law

Watkins & Eager is very professional and resourceful. They have handled med-mal cases for us, as well as assisted with our HIPAA compliance.

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Watkins & Eager attorneys Bin Williams and Molly Jeffcoat are the most responsive lawyers I have ever worked with. Not only do they know their material inside and out, they go out of their way to make you comfortable and keep you up-to-date in all aspects of M&A process. I could not be happier with the service they have provided me.

Emmerson Daily Daily Equipment Company

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Public Finance Law

We worked on several bond issues in default this year with Watkins & Eager. Their research has been thorough and they have done a good job of managing bondholder communication. They managed our deadlines well.

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Energy Law

I always expect to be treated with respect and courtesy by the members of Watkins & Eager and I am never disappointed.

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Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Watkins & Eager is one of the premier firms in Mississippi. The firm has many exceptional attorneys who are great advocates for their clients.

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

The Watkins & Eager team is fantastic all around. Send them into any fight at any time.

Benjamin Ammerman TM Claims Service, Inc.

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Health Care Law

The Watkins & Eager team has shown a depth of resources and expertise in litigation, employment law, HIPAA, malpractice, Stark & AKS, and professional service contracts. I have had the pleasure of dealing with numerous attorneys, each very knowledgeable and professional in his or her respective area.

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Environmental Law

Keith Turner is my prime contact and has proven himself and staff at Watkins & Eager to be of the highest integrity and competence in the areas of environmental law, bond financing law, state and federal procurement law, and contracting law. I highly recommend Watkins & Eager for all of these matters.

Bruce Stephens West Rankin Utility Authority

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Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Watkins & Eager provides excellent representation and deals effectively with very difficult issues. Mike Ulmer and Matt Tyrone are very capable attorneys in this and other areas.

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Land Use & Zoning Law

Watkins & Eager attorneys are very knowledgeable and excellent with all aspects of zoning and title work!

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager is client focused and a great firm to work with. They have great service and attention to detail.

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Corporate Law

Watkins & Eager understand how to tie the law and business side together. While advising you of the legal impacts, they understand that at the end of the day it’s a business decision.

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Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

George Fair of Watkins & Eager has done an excellent job for our company for all our merger, acquisition, and contract needs for a number of years. I would not want to use any other attorney for handling these legal matters for our company.

Rodney Grogan MMC Materials, Inc.

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager has excellent attorneys in all areas, especially family law. I highly recommend this firm

William DalehiteJr., QC Steen Dalehite & Pace

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Trusts & Estates Law

They are excellent lawyers at Watkins & Eager.

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Commercial Litigation

At Watkins & Eager they develop an overall case strategy and work the strategy. They do excellent work.

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Litigation - Bankruptcy

Watkins & Eager is my go-to firm on anything bankruptcy related; all litigation matters have been handled in a very satisfactory manner.

Cousie Giglio Guaranty Bank and Trust Company

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Real Estate Law

Watkins & Eager attorneys are very competent and experienced! They know the law inside and out.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Watkins & Eager is a great law firm! They are extremely knowledgeable in Trusts & Estates Law.

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Trusts & Estates Law

We have great faith in our legal advisors at Watkins and Eager and we depend heavily on the advice we get from the firm. as a result, we sleep very well at night! The firm is also generous in its support for projects around the area and the State, which we consider very telling.

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Commercial Finance Law

I work exclusively with Ben Williams and Molly Jeffcoat Moody at Watkins & Eager for legal counsel and documentation of most large and/or complicated commercial loans that we work with. They are very responsive, always eager to help in whatever way possible, discussing options for keeping costs low when that is a concern, and are always willing to look at various issues from all angles. I value their advice and am happy to count them as both friends and colleagues.

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Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Watkins & Eager attorney Clifford Ammons is outstanding, and I have worked with many all around the country

Ken Lowery Hunter Engineering Corp

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Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

I have worked collaboratively with Watkins & Eager’s attorneys for joint representation of a national client and have had nothing but positive experience. When I became national coordinating counsel for a mass tort, I hired Stephanie Rippee at the firm to handle matters locally in Mississippi but also to be part of the science team. Again, I had a very positive experience.

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Matt Tyrone and Jim Crongeyer at Watkins & Eager are top-notch. Over my career I have engaged litigation attorneys at many firms - large and small - and I would recommend these two litigators above all the others. They are smart, practical, efficient and timely. They are terrific.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Watkins & Eager does a terrific job at thinking through the complex, granular legal issues while also looking at the same issues from a big-picture standpoint.

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Project Finance Law

Watkins & Eager handles a large amount of transactions from both the developer end , and also on the lender side (not on same deals) ; and this experience gives them vast knowledge, and leg up on so many.

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Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

The lawyers at Watkins & Eager, particularly Walter Johnson and Joe Baladi, are excellent courtroom lawyers -- thoughtful, strategic, and professional. I have recommended them often and will continue to do so, as well as work with them as often as I am able.

Jeffrey Healy American Optical Corporation TUcker Ellis LLP

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Commercial Finance Law

Watkins & Eager has the most competent & practical counsel, as you will find. In my dealings and transactions across the US, I never feel like Watkins & Eager is ever overmatched.

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Public Finance Law

Watkins & Eager has supported Hartfield Academy as our representatives and advisers through several circumstances since the establishment of our school seven years ago. Whether it's their expertise on a bond agreement that saved us $300,000 on a multi-million dollar loan or giving us legal advice regarding sensitive situations with our school's students, patrons, and faculty, Watkins & Eager has been sensitive to our needs, and has helped us successfully navigate through every time. I'm grateful specifically for the work of Joyce Hall, Tim Sensing, and Matt Tyrone, who have all leveraged their time and talent for the benefit of ensuring our school's success. They are the best in the city of Jackson!

David Horner Hartfield Academy, Inc.

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager is a top quality law firm with a large group of outstanding lawyers.

William DalehiteJr., QC Steen Dalehite & Pace

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Commercial Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is very pleasant to work with. I always feel comfortable with their legal advice. Fees are reasonable

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Corporate Law

Watkins & Eager understands how to structure a deal since it handles all aspects from finance, defense, estate, etc. It helps that the exposure levels of their attorneys to many areas helps its clients think through all the various issues and pitfalls that may arise in these times.

Michael Johnson Landmark Homes

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Real Estate Law

Watkins & Eager understands the balance between business and law, the delicate balance that a real estate developer must walk. The attorneys realize that all aspects and exposures must be pointed out and facts considered, but then once a decision is made, they help to minimize the risks as best allowed by the law. I appreciate the fine line they must take.

Michael Johnson Landmark Homes

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Commercial Finance Law

The lawyers at Watkins & Eager have a broad range of knowledge handling complicated transactions in different states. I have never felt that they have been ill-prepared or not had the exposure or experience to handle my transactions. This is true, even when dealing with larger firms who may represent other parties in the transaction. While the firm may be based in Mississippi, do not let that fool you and their level of expertise!

Michael Johnson Landmark Homes

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Project Finance Law

There is no firm that is better in handling all aspects from construction financing to permanent debt than Watkins & Eager. They see so many deals and have a handle on current market terms and structure. Their advice and counsel is invaluable.

Michael Johnson Landmark Homes

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Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

It is a pleasure working with Watkins & Eager. Jim Crongeyer and Jim Matt Tyrone are extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient attorneys.

Joseph Pophal, Esq. Parker Hannifin Corporation

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Environmental Law

Watkins & Eager does an excellent job for us, assisting in our relations with state regulators.

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Environmental Law

Watkins & Eager provides legal services in support of environmental permits for our wastewater facilities, land acquisitions, construction contracts, solid waste services contracts, legislation, and administrative legal service.

Bruce Stephens West Rankin Utility Authority

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Commercial Finance Law

The members of Watkins & Eager's commercial finance team are always very accessible and responsive, and the quality of the work is excellent. The work produced is directly in line with the work needed.

Ron Hendrix BancorpSouth

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Commercial Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is very responsive, thorough, resourceful and a trusted advisor.

Larry Ratzlaff Origin Bank

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Bin Williams of Watkins & Eager is the best transactional lawyer I have ever worked with. Period.

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Litigation - Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy attorney at Watkins & Eager is very knowledgeable in this area and always stays on top of any case I send him. He understands what I need and is timely in responding with a recommendation and action plan for the case.

Cousie Giglio Guaranty Bank and Trust Company

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Banking and Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is very knowledgeable on banking matters and have always been great to understand my needs and quick to respond with a solution.

Cousie Giglio Guaranty Bank and Trust Company

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager show great work ethic, care and concern for the situation. They were also expedient in working through issues.

Pam Files Bottrell Insurance Agency

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Commercial Litigation

Watkins & Eager have been representing me in a very difficult and lengthy arbitration proceeding with an aggressive counterparty. They have been incredibly responsive, effective and tireless advocates for me, and could even bring in specialized resources to deal with extraordinary actions taken by the counterparty. I recommend them, and in particular my attorney, William Ray, most highly.

Dave Mitchell Individual

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Health Care Law

Watkins & Eager provides well-thought-out responses in a timely manner and does excellent work.

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

I have worked with Watkins & Eager for 17 years, and my company has worked with them for over 30 years. They are a great partner and do excellent work.

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager is a very professional firm. They are experienced and have great customer service.

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Financial Services Regulation Law

Watkins & Eager are great folks who work very hard and are very intelligent. I always appreciate their efforts, expertise, and drive.

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Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Watkins & Eager is an excellent law firm with excellent lawyers. They are always professional and courteous, always prepared, and handle themselves well in court and deliver top-level written product.

Michael Barnhill Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

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Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Watkins & Eager is an outstanding firm. I have worked extensively with the firm's lawyers there for decades. They are top-notch lawyers, who have impeccable ethics and great trial skills.

David Kaufman Brunini

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Public Finance Law

Watkins & Eager handled our school's multi-million dollar public financing bond with great expertise. Their team led this effort with competence and responsiveness that gave our leadership team great confidence in a very sensitive process. Joyce Hall, their expert in government bonds, was especially critical. She helped bring together 5 banks in a financing project that took an extreme amount of detail. Additionally, Watkins and Eager partners Tim Sensing and Matt Tyrone have been a great resource for our school in other legal matters in the past. We will continue to trust them with our work in the future.

David Horner Hartfield Academy, Inc.

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager is a great firm with outstanding lawyers. It is a joy to work with them.

William Wright Wright Law Firm

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Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

The attorneys are Watkins & Eager have always done great work and are priced very reasonable.

William R "Randy" James The Pruet Companies

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Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

This firm practices at a very high level. It is stocked with attorneys who are very capable and reasoned. The firm is well managed, lending to very good responsiveness and cost-effectiveness.

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager is the best firm in Mississippi.

William "Bill" T. May Barry Palmer Thaggard May & Bailey, LLP

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager is an excellent law firm with the very highest quality of service.

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager has excellent lawyers with experience levels in industries compatible with our CPA firm. They are very responsive, professional and team players when it comes to solving client problems. It is a pleasure to work with each of them.

Cecil Harper Harper Rains Knight & Co

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Banking and Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is very familiar with our operation and needs and always keeps up with the Banking and Finance laws and any changes that may be taking place in this industry.

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Litigation - Bankruptcy

In the area of bankruptcy, Watkins & Eager has very knowledgeable attorneys that know the creditor side very well and do a great job of protecting our interests. All litigation actions we have had were handled in a very satisfactory manner and at a reasonable cost.

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Appellate Practice

Watkins & Eager lawyers brought deep substantive and procedural knowledge and unique insights to the challenging appellate issues faced by the client. They have a first-rate appellate practice.

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Real Estate Law

Watkins & Eager are the best lawyers around! They are highly competent individuals whose expertise takes a lot of us in transactions.

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Commercial Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is very knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial finance. They have represented us on all aspects from land sales, construction lending, and permanent finance. They are highly skilled and experienced in market conditions.

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Corporate Law

Watkins & Eager has expertise in many areas from Human Resources, financing, litigation, and vast array of areas.

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Commercial Litigation

Watkins & Eager are representing me in a protracted and difficult litigation. I cannot say enough good things about the firm and especially my main attorney, William Ray. They have been very responsive to the needs of my case, with a high standard of expertise, attention to detail and creativity to solve difficult issues. I recommend them most highly.

Dave Mitchell Individual

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Commercial Finance Law

The attorneys at Watkins & Eager have been quick to respond and extremely helpful reviewing our responses to clients. They have the experience we need to appropriate document our deals.

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have been involved with estate planning / will preparation for the past 20+ years. Watkins & Eager's work is excellent and timely.

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Commercial Litigation

I have recently been involved in trust litigation with Watkins & Eager for the past six years. Their work is strategic and well-thought-out.

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager has a very strong reputation for serving clients well and being very knowledgeable and reliable. My experience has been very good with this firm.

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Tax Law

I have worked with Watkins & Eager over the years and they have always provided excellent service; always going the extra mile for the client.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Watkins & Eager has exceptional legal expertise. They offer the highest level of service. They are one of - if not - the best law firm(s) in the state.

Evelyn Agent First Commercial Bank

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager is a wonderful firm to work with.

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Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

David Ayers of Watkins & Eager is a top notch trial attorney; great strategic mind, responsive, excellent writer, well respected in the community. Jimmy Wilkins is also a great attorney and is a pleasure to work with.

Thomas Vanderford Hyundai Motor America

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Appellate Practice

Collins Wohner of Watkins & Eager is a great appellate counsel, good strategic mind, good writer, and well respected in the community.

Thomas Vanderford Hyundai Motor America

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Litigation - Bankruptcy

I rate Watkins & Eager excellent in all areas. The attorney we use Jim Spencer, handles most of our Mississippi litigation and bankruptcy cases. He understands our desired outcome and drive for resolution and works toward that goal in every case he handles for us; very professional!

Tab Sheperd Home Bank N.A.

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Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Watkins & Eager attorneys are very professional with an unquestioned integrity. They provide quality work, are responsive and deliver in a short time if necessary. This firm is much more cost effective than other large firms I have worked with; I rate all the lawyers I have worked with at Watkins and Eager as excellent.

Stanley Herren Regions Bank

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Walter Johnson of Watkins & Eager is one of the finest trial lawyers I have worked with. He communicates to juries and clients effectively and efficiently. His team, including Joe Baladi and Cory Hinshaw, also consists of excellent lawyers.

Jeffrey Healy American Optical Corporation TUcker Ellis LLP

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Family Law

Watkins & Eager attorney Susan Steffey was an excellent attorney. She was very knowledgeable. I was referred to her and did not know her. Her knowledge of Family Law was quite impressive. Her ability to manage a case in an efficient manner and not overcharge was very refreshing. She was solutions based and wanted a quick resolution. Interestingly, she and I have become friends and stay in touch. I am not sure many people can say that about a lawyer in any area of expertise, especially Family Law.

Pam Files Bottrell Insurance Agency

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Securitization and Structured Finance Law

I have worked with a number of the attorneys at Watkins & Eager over the years. Some have represented my company as a borrower and some have represented our lenders. In all instances, they have always performed in a very efficient, responsive and professional manner.

Sam Colson Net Lease Alliance

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Commercial Finance Law

We highly value the relationship we have with the Watkins & Eager law firm, both from a professional and a friendship perspective. They provide us sound counsel in a timely and efficient manner.

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Corporate Law

George Fair and his fellow lawyers at Watkins & Eager are great to work with. They bring a team of very competent attorneys that can deal with all legal aspects of your business.

Rodney Grogan MMC Materials, Inc.

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Environmental Law

We have found Watkins & Eager to be Excellent in all six of the areas of criteria. They are knowledgeable not only of the law, but also the state regulator. They have taken the time to learn about and understand our business, particularly how it is affected by our permits. I get a response within a day virtually every time I call l them, and their fees are reasonable. They do a great job for us and I would have no problem recommending them to a friend for this work.

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Health Care Law

I am very with satisfied Watkins & Eager! The firm met and even exceeded expectations. They are responsive, professional, and cost-effective. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance in the area of Health Care Law and litigation.

John Whitfield Digestive Health

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

I can't say enough good things about Watkins & Eager and, in particular, Matt Tyrone and Jim Crongeyer. I work with lawyers around the world at large firms and small firms. Matt and Jim stand toe to toe with the best.

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Tax Law

I have dealt with Jamie Houston at Watkins & Eager over the past 30 years in different areas of estate and tax matters for both individuals and companies. He is highly respected and very professional in all matters. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He has always been very responsive every time we have worked together. I would rate Jamie Houston's work as excellent in all areas of tax matters. The firm of Watkins & Eager is well respected all around Mississippi.

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Tax Law

The firm attorneys Jamie Houston and Clark Luke of Watkins & Eager are the primary attorneys I deal with. They are smart, conscientious, considerate, team players, and also add significant value to the serves they perform for our mutual clients; and best of all they are a real pleasure to work with.

Richard Reitano Grantham Poole

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Watkins & Eager has a group of great trial lawyers, who know their jurisdiction well. They are a pleasure to work with!

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Commercial Finance Law

I work primarily with M. Binford "Ben" Williams and Molly Jeffcoat Moody of Watkins & Eager. In my opinion, their expertise and thoroughness is unrivaled; they often see issues from all sides and can anticipate potential problems or discussion points long before they arise. Both Ben and Molly are extremely responsive and understand the need for urgency and cost-effectiveness when necessary.

Julie Hall Trustmark National Bank

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Tax Law

Watkins & Eager helps us with estate tax matters, primarily in the areas of estate tax returns, 706, and related fiduciary tax returns.

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Commercial Finance Law

Watkins & Eager is an excellent firm for commercial and financial matters.

Larry Ratzlaff Origin Bank

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Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Watkins & Eager attorneys are extremely professional, responsive, and give complete explanations--all I could ask of from a law firm.

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