Announcements

January 24, 2020

Upchurch, McGuffey, and Kapoor Selected to MBJ 2019 Leadership in Law Class

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Caroline Upchurch, Mitch McGuffey, and Sam Kapoor have been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as part of the 2019 Leadership in Law class. Each year the Mississippi Business Journal recognizes a select group of 40 attorneys who exhibit both the legal success and the qualities of character that exemplify this honor. In December, a reception and awards celebration was held to recognize the 2019 honorees. Here is a little bit of information about the FormanWatkins honorees: Two things inspire Caroline Upchurch every day: the client and the puzzle. Each case is uniquely important to Caroline, because it’s a chance to form a personal relationship with a client and also to use her naturally analytical brain to solve problems. Caroline always works three steps ahead, avoiding surprises and creating well thought out solutions for her client. With an eye for efficiency, Caroline is able to quickly assess situations to decide the best approach and enjoys crafting innovative strategies for her clients. She enjoys the daily puzzles and challenges that walk through her door. Caroline is admitted to practice in Mississippi and Alabama, and she is a member of The Mississippi Bar and the Capital Area Bar Association. Caroline has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and has been selected to the Mid-South Rising Stars list since 2014. Caroline graduated magna cum laude from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where she was on the Mississippi Law […]

January 9, 2020

Penn, Pujol, and Ritchie Promoted to Partner

FormanWatkins is excited to announce that Elizabeth Penn, Patrice Pujol, and Spencer Ritchie have been promoted to Partner! Elizabeth Penn  joined the Firm in 2016 with over ten years of litigation experience. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Information Systems and received her law degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where she received the Patrick Michael Magann Public Interest Award and was Associate Mississippi Cases Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Elizabeth is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and she serves on the Firm’s Technology and Diversity Committees. Elizabeth provides pro bono and community service through Joni and Friends (a disability advocacy and support organization), as well as Mission First Legal Aid Office and Mississippi Center for Justice. Elizabeth is also a Mid-South Rising Stars and Louisiana Rising Stars honoree. Elizabeth works out of our Jackson and New Orleans offices and is admitted to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Patrice Pujol is licensed in Texas and works out of our Houston office.  Patrice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University and her Master of English degree from the University of Dallas. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law – Houston, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy, the Best Team award and the Second-Best […]

January 6, 2020

Ritchie Appointed to Mississippi Ethics Commission

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Spencer Ritchie, a partner in the firm’s Jackson office, has been appointed by Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves to the Mississippi Ethics Commission. The Commission is composed of eight members serving four-year terms and a full-time Commission staff. The Commission enforces Mississippi’s Ethics In Government Law, as well as the State’s Open Meetings Act, Public Records Act, and Campaign Finance Law. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state, county, district, and municipal government come under the authority of the Ethics Commission. Congratulations, Spencer!

December 19, 2019

2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

The 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists have been released, and we are proud to announce that 8 of our attorneys were among those selected! 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! 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers: Charles Abbott** and Tim Gray 2020 Louisiana Rising Stars: Melissa Fuller, Erin Latuso, McCann LeFeve, Elizabeth Penn, Daniel Roberts, and Peyton Smith **Also named to Top 50: 2020 New Orleans Super Lawyers and Top 50: 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers

November 22, 2019

Smith Selected as Member of Criminal Justice Act Panel

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that Jackson Associate Ahmad Smith has been selected as a member of the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel! The CJA Panel is a group of qualified and court-approved attorneys who are eligible for appointment by the Court to represent individuals in federal criminal cases who are unable for financial reasons to retain counsel. The appointments are made by the Court on a rotating basis among members of the panel. Congratulations, Ahmad!

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!  

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.