Announcements

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.

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 18, 2019

FormanWatkins’s New Orleans Office Honored as a 2019 Best Places to Work

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that its New Orleans office has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in New Orleans for 2019 by New Orleans CityBusiness. FormanWatkins was one of only five New Orleans law firms to make the list. To participate in Best Places to Work, companies submitted extensive nomination forms disclosing workforce data such as salaries, benefits, retention levels, and employee advancement. Employees of the nominated companies were then anonymously surveyed to measure workplace culture. All companies chosen will be honored at an awards event later this year where the top three large and small companies will be announced.

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.