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September 11, 2019

Wilson Appointed to MS Bar Diversity Committee

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Malissa Wilson has been appointed by Mississippi Bar President Amanda Tollison to this year’s Diversity Committee! The Diversity Committee will coordinate efforts to support the Bar’s goal of fostering diversity and inclusion among members of the Bar community. The work of the Bar is in large part accomplished through the work of its Committees. Congratulations, Malissa!

August 19, 2019

FormanWatkins’s New Orleans Office Expands

We are excited to announce the completion of our New Orleans office’s new space in the Place St. Charles building! We moved into the new space in December of 2018, and within 9 months the need to expand arose due to rapid growth of our team. The expansion is now complete, so we wanted to share some details and photos of our new office. The additional build-out followed our phased approach for future growth, which made it easy to continue with phase 1 and have it completed by August 2019.

August 15, 2019

FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers®

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce that 15 lawyers from our Firm have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020, 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 13, 2019

FormanWatkins is a Proud Funding Supporter of the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is a proud funding supporter of the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival. The literary lawn party, as the Festival has been known since birth, is Saturday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the charming grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol, nearby Galloway United Methodist Church, and surrounding streets. The Festival has built a sterling reputation since its 2015 debut on the State Capitol grounds, and 2019 looks like another can’t-put-down sequel! Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, Angie Thomas, Candace Bushnell, Karl Marlantes, and many more will be on hand with conversation, stories, and insights on a wide range of intriguing topics. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is also a very special guest for the 2019 festival! Justice Sotomayor has a panel at 10:45 a.m. at Galloway Sanctuary followed by a book signing in the Galloway Parlor at noon. Last year, the Festival pulled more than 7,600 attendees to downtown Jackson to celebrate the written word and the great conversations it spurs in a fun, lively atmosphere of exchange. With 150+ authors, 40+ panels, food trucks, music, and thousands of books, the daylong event is an enlightening experience for all who come. “Mississippi has such a rich literary history, and we could not be prouder to support this great event in downtown Jackson.”  – Jackson partner, Trey Watkins We encourage everyone to attend this wonderful downtown Jackson event and enjoy the talent and community the Festival offers for our great capitol city!

August 12, 2019

FormanWatkins is a Proud Sponsor of the 2019 Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer 5k

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to once again be a patron sponsor of the Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer 5k and 1-mile fun run—a race that was created entirely to support those who are battling brain cancer. Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2019, in downtown Homewood, AL as patients, family, friends, and supporters come together at The 6th Annual Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer to help raise funds for brain cancer research. Proceeds from this event directly benefit research of adult and pediatric brain cancer as well as patient support services at UAB’s Division of Neuro Oncology and Children’s of Alabama Neuro Oncology. For more information, including start times, cost, and to register, click here. Last year’s race brought together 32 teams and 908 registrants, and each individual and team brought genuine empathy and hope to those battling brain cancer. See photos from the 2018 event here. We hope you will be a part of the 2019 race!    

August 8, 2019

Jackson, Mississippi Arbitrator Nixes TCPA Suit

On August 2, 2019, Win Gault and Jake Banks obtained a defense verdict in an arbitration concerning claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“Act”).  Claimant maintained that Respondent (a national retailer) violated the Act by using an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to place calls to her cellular phone to collect a delinquent debt.  After hearing all of the evidence and reviewing extensive briefing, the Arbitrator ruled in favor of Respondent, finding that its system did not qualify as an ATDS.  The Arbitrator reached this conclusion because Respondent’s system—unlike the illegal auto-dialers used by telemarketers to indiscriminately contact random individuals—cannot generate and dial random and sequential telephone numbers.  Gault and Banks are currently litigating forty-five TCPA cases in seven states.

August 6, 2019

Wilson and Ritchie Speak at Mini Law School for Human Resource Professionals

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie were speakers at the Mini Law School for HR Professionals seminar, held July 31, 2019, in Pearl, Mississippi. The basic level seminar examined the current issues in human resource law for attorneys, human resources and financial professionals, and other business executives. Wilson and Ritchie spoke about employee handbooks and policies; workplace behavior and privacy; disciplining and discharging employees; and employment laws, including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Sexual Harassment, Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Click here to learn more about FormanWatkins’ Labor & Employment practice.

August 5, 2019

FormanWatkins Welcomes New Associate to New Orleans Office

The Firm is proud to welcome Trey Williams to our New Orleans office!

Trey believes that being a lawyer is one of the few jobs where problem solving and critical thinking meet customer service. As a naturally gifted problem solver and critical thinker, and having a highly successful customer service background, Trey brings his clients a sense of security and genuineness during their case. He also enjoys working diligently to personally get to know his clients and set goals together as a team. Having been the recipient of the sacrificial and selfless help of a loving family, Trey makes it his mission to pay it forward by being a compassionate and fierce advocate for his clients. Always looking at the big picture, Trey maintains a level head and a persevering attitude through every unique case that comes across his desk. A lover of comedies, basketball, and a talented singer, Trey brings well-rounded, genuine, and creative representation to his clients. There’s nothing Trey would rather be than a lawyer at the service of the people, so clients can always rest assured that with his representation, their case and their business will be well taken care of.

July 31, 2019

Defense Verdict in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A FormanWatkins trial team consisting of Peter Moir, Tim Gray, and Margaret McLaughlin just obtained a defense verdict in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The case involved a claim that an equipment manufacturer supplied asbestos-containing components in equipment it provided to a copper mine and that the components caused the mesothelioma and subsequent death of a mine employee.  The defendant stipulated that the cancer was caused by asbestos exposure, but defended the case by contending that the employer was responsible for the plaintiff’s safety and any exposures from the client’s equipment were insignificant compared to other exposures at the mine.  The case was tried in the same courthouse in New Mexico in which a $165 million verdict was entered in a wrongful death case in 2018.  After a two week trial, including testimony by 8 expert witnesses, the jury deliberated for less than an hour before rendering a defense verdict.