Jackson

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 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 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

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.

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 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!