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September 21, 2017

Benton York Returns After Serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Benton York returns to the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was selected to the Editorial Board for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, and elected a judge on the University Judicial Committee.  He also clerked for the Honorable John S. Bryant on the Middle District of Tennessee during the summer of 2012.  Benton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2008, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  He originally joined the firm in 2013 and worked on complex litigation in federal and state courts nationwide at the trial and appellate level for three years before starting his clerkship.  

August 21, 2017

Forman Watkins Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce attorneys named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

August 11, 2017

Gault and Banks Win Product Defect Case

On August 9, 2017, Forman Watkins’ Win Gault and Jake Banks obtained summary judgment in the matter of Charles Sly v. Road Systems, Inc. before the Honorable Henry T. Wingate of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  Plaintiff claimed that he suffered catastrophic injuries due to a design defect in a guard rail.

August 4, 2017

Forman Watkins Attorneys & Summer Clerks Lead Legal Clinic

Forman Watkins attorneys and summer clerks recently conducted our second pro se law clinic at the Eudora Welty Library through our partnership with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The July clinic allowed our team of 10 attorneys and 5 law clerks to assist with 26 individual matters, providing legal advice to those who qualified for legal assistance through MVLP. In 2017 alone, Forman Watkins attorneys have assisted with 48 individual matters through our partnership with MVLP.

August 2, 2017

Malissa Wilson Joins the Firm as Partner

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce that Malissa Wilson joins the firm as a Partner in our Jackson, Mississippi office. Malissa is a proven litigator bringing over 15 years of diverse litigation experience. Prior to joining Forman Watkins, Malissa served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston (Texas) followed by her role as in-house counsel for a national insurance company overseeing cases in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Malissa was also a senior associate with an area defense firm and a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General. Malissa’s long litigation experience has given her an extensive trial resume including numerous cases involving labor and employment, premises liability, civil rights and personal injury matters.

July 17, 2017

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of one of the firm’s clients, ruling that the district court properly dismissed plaintiffs’ public and private nuisance claims. This ruling is a tremendous win for defendants who face claims by plaintiffs attempting to avoid a state’s workers’ compensation exclusivity provisions by pleading them as environmental claims.

May 31, 2017

Forman Watkins Wins Misappropriation of Likeness Case

On May 25, 2017, Forman Watkins’ Win Gault and Peyton Smith obtained summary judgment in the matter of Osborne et al. v. Intermedia Outdoors Holdings, et al. before the Honorable Lamar Pickard of the Copiah County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs claimed the defendants misappropriated their likeness in connection with a hunting television show filmed in Alaska.