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November 11, 2019

Veterans Day & Update from Veterans Clinic

In honor of Veterans Day, Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP would like to thank all Veterans for their service to this country. Some Veterans Day facts: The day was first called Armistice Day and was established on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 as a result of lobbying by veterans service organizations. President Eisenhower signed the legislation, and the holiday became a day to honor all of America’s veterans. France, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia also honor World War I and II veterans on or near November 11. The first Veterans Day parade was held in Birmingham, Alabama in 1947 and remains an annual tradition. UPDATE: The November 2nd Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic went well with about a dozen Veterans speaking with the attorneys. There was a good combination of government/non-profit support groups on-site that also provided assistance to our Veterans. The organizers continue to develop contacts with local Veterans organizations and have met with a number of young Veterans connected with Brookdale University who are interested in holding the next event on their campus, ideally in mid-to-late February.

November 5, 2019

2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that 21 of its attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and/or Rising Stars lists!  Each year no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.  Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Congratulations to the following attorneys on their selection to this year’s lists! 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers: Fred Krutz**, Alison McMinn, Joshua Metcalf, Jennifer Studebaker, Trey Watkins, and WG Watkins** 2019 Mid-South Rising Stars: Mary Clift Abdalla, Mimi Arthur, Jake Banks, Tanya Ellis, Jean Folsom, Joel Fyke, Josh Leggett, Ruth Maron, Vernon McFarland, Mitch McGuffey, Elizabeth Penn, Spencer Ritchie, Peyton Smith, Andrew Stubbs, and Caroline Upchurch **Also named to the Top 50 in Mississippi list

November 4, 2019

FormanWatkins Attorneys Named to 2019 Top Lawyers List by New Orleans Magazine

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that Charles Abbott, Erin Latuso,and Tim Gray were selected to the 2019 Top Lawyers list by New Orleans Magazine!  Charles and Tim were recognized in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, and Erin was recognized in Labor and Employment Law. New Orleans Magazine presents the Top Lawyers list annually, and this year’s list was prepared by Detroit-based Professional Research Services.  Honorees were selected via a voting system, in which voting was open to all licensed attorneys in New Orleans.  The voters were asked which attorney, other than themselves, they would recommend in the New Orleans area, and each attorney was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each given legal specialty.  Once the online nominations were complete, each nominee was carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license, and their current standing with the State Bar Association of Louisiana.  Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each specialty are reflected in the Top Lawyers list. Congratulations, Charles, Tim, and Erin!  

November 1, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, on Thursday, October 31, our offices wore pink to honor those we have lost, those who are fighting, and those who have survived.

October 23, 2019

National Pro Bono Week

Happy National Pro Bono Week! So far in 2019…. Our pro bono successes include: Two partners winning asylum for an Iraqi Christian family; Two associates successfully defending a juvenile in a youth court trial; Spearheading a Veterans information and resources clinic; and Co-hosting a pro se clinic at the Hinds County Chancery Court. Our current pro bono projects include: Partnering with the Mississippi College of Law Education Clinic to represent students in school discipline and special education cases; 11 attorneys across three offices working on appeals for two juveniles sentenced to life without parole; Co-hosting another Veteran’s information and resources clinic in November; and Over 100 hours (and counting!) responding to the needs of recently detained immigrants. FormanWatkins encourages its attorneys to do meaningful pro bono work that serves the communities in which we live and work.  For more information on our commitment to pro bono service, please visit our page here.

October 16, 2019

FormanWatkins Welcomes New Associate to Jackson Office

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is excited to announce the addition of Julian D. Miller to our Jackson office! Julian graduated cum laude from The University of Mississippi School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was a staff writer for Harvard Political Review, as well as Remix Magazine. While at Harvard, Julian was a Ron Brown Scholar, a Jackie Robinson Scholar, and a National Merit/Achievement Scholar, and he also received the Marvin C. Pittman Award for Outstanding and Most Dedicated Senior. In 2017, he received the honor of being selected to the “Top 40 Under 40” list by National Black Lawyers.

October 8, 2019

Date Set for Fall Session of Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic in New Jersey

The Monmouth County Veterans Information and Resources Clinic will be taking place Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monmouth University.  This is the third Veterans clinic organized by the Monmouth Bar Association.  The introductory clinic was successfully held in November of 2018, which led to hosting a Spring clinic in March of 2019.  Please refer to the flyer below for services that will be provided at the November 2 clinic, and be sure to pass the information along to local New Jersey Veterans.

October 8, 2019

Employment Law Update: Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements – October 2019

Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements:  Keeping Them Enforceable  By:  Malissa Wilson Mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts reduce the possibility that legal action will be taken against employers.  Wrongful termination, wage and discrimination claims can all be resolved in a private process before a disinterested third person, rather than publicly in court before twelve jurors. While enforceable, arbitration clauses in employment agreements must still comply with basic principles of contract formation.  For instance, an employee can still raise misrepresentation, mistake, and undue influence as defenses to the enforcement of an employment agreement containing an arbitration clause.  In drafting arbitration clauses, it is important that the language is written in a way that is not confusing (use of terms that are vague or not commonly understood) or hard to read (font size is too small).  It is also important that the clause is fair by not placing more of the cost to arbitrate on the employee or placing unreasonable limitations on damages or the proceedings themselves. The arbitration clause should name the arbitration organization, such as the American Arbitration Association, where the claim will be filed and whose rules will be followed. When presenting an arbitration clause to potential and current employees, human resource personnel should go over the clause with the employee; answer any questions an employee may have; and, not rush or pressure the employee into signing the agreement.  Last, the agreement must be signed indicating an understanding that the employee is waiving the right to pursue employment-related claims […]

September 30, 2019

Mississippi Photography Contest

(click image to see flyer) Mississippi Photography Contest Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to celebrate over three decades in Downtown Jackson! Be a part of the creative energy in our office at the top of the Regions building downtown by participating in the FormanWatkins Photography Contest. Entries from around Mississippi are welcome and will be eligible to win in four categories: Best Overall, Most Mississippi, Judges’ Favorite, and Firm Favorites. To learn more about our firm, please browse our website. Who Should Enter Anyone 15 years of age and older!  Both professionals and amateurs are encouraged to participate. How to Enter Submit up to five (5) original photos via email to photogcontest@formanwatkins.com using your favorite file/photo sharing tool. Submissions are due by Friday, November 1, 2019, at 11:59PM CST. All entries must meet the minimum requirements listed in the Participation Rules section below. Email Holland Familia, photogcontest@formanwatkins.com, with any questions. Criteria Originality: Use your camera lens to show the judges your take on our state and provide a view into our people, places, culture, and history. Technical Excellence: Our judges will evaluate your use of lighting, focus, exposure, and overall composition to determine how those elements contribute to creating a powerful and innovative narrative. Overall Impact: Photography gives you the opportunity to capture a moment with the click of a shutter. We encourage you to make submissions that highlight your skills as a photographer and storyteller. Whether with texture, color, perspective, a smile, a wave, or the swish of a […]

September 26, 2019

McGuffey and Smith Win Asylum for Iraqi Christian Family

Mitch McGuffey and Peyton Smith successfully represented a family of five Iraqi Christians seeking asylum in the United States. The family fled from northern Iraq in fall of 2014 to escape ISIS and persecution on account of their religious beliefs. Mitch and Peyton drafted asylum briefs for each member of the family and represented them at their merits hearing in the New Orleans Immigration Court, where they were granted asylum. The firm is proud to have represented the family and prouder still that they can remain in the United States. The case was referred to FormanWatkins initially through its pro bono partnership with Catholic Charities of Jackson. Later, immigration attorney Amelia McGowan moved to a new position with another FormanWatkins pro bono partner, Mississippi Center for Justice. Amelia provided invaluable knowledge and support. The Firm’s Jackson attorneys are currently representing several other asylum seekers through its partnership with MCJ.