News

December 5, 2017

Forman Watkins Wins Summary Judgment in Pennsylvania State Court

On November 27, 2017 Judge New granted summary judgment for two Forman Watkins clients in an asbestos exposure case filed in the Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County.  Our clients were two of the three remaining defendants when summary judgment was granted one week prior to the start of trial. Despite a seven-figure demand against each of our clients in a jurisdiction where summary judgment is seldom granted, the court dismissed all claims against our clients, with prejudice.  The court denied the motion for summary judgment of the third remaining defendant. Alison McMinn, Ruth Maron, Sam Kapoor and our Pennsylvania counsel successfully argued that the plaintiff provided no evidence of asbestos exposure from our clients’ products, highlighting the speculative nature of plaintiff’s testimony.

November 29, 2017

Forman Watkins Announces 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP congratulates firm attorneys for being named as 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers. 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 multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The firm is proud to announce Super Lawyers, Fred Krutz, Trey Watkins, and WG Watkins and Rising Stars: Mary Clift Abdalla, Mimi Arthur, Jake Banks, Tanya Ellis, Joel Fyke, Nick Giallourakis, Brian Hannula, Ruth Maron, Vernon McFarland, Alison O’Neal McMinn, Joshua Metcalf, Elizabeth Penn, Spencer Ritchie, Mandie Robinson, Peyton Smith, Andrew Stubbs, and Caroline Upchurch.

November 14, 2017

Joel Fyke Serves as Alumni Panelist for the Croft Institute of International Studies

Joel Fyke, along with two other Croft alumni, with degrees in international studies, spoke to a crowd of undergraduate students in the Croft building Friday afternoon. The graduates advised students on making the most of their undergraduate degrees and pursuing jobs they want after graduation. Directly following the panel discussion, the alumni met with small groups of students to conduct breakout sessions, which allowed for more personal conversations. “If you don’t get the job, talk to the person who just rejected you and ask them where you should go and get some experience before you can come back,” 2005 graduate Joel Fyke said. A recipient of the Truman Scholarship, Fyke began his career in a small newspaper and now works with the firm as an Associate in the Jackson office. The Croft Institute for International Studies will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, and Friday’s event was the second of its kind under director Oliver Dinius’ leadership. Read more on the panel by clicking here.

October 16, 2017

Mississippi Business Journal Publishes Ritchie’s article on Mississippi Campaign Finance Laws

By: Spencer Ritchie Mississippi campaign finance laws are about to change, and it’s not just officeholders and candidates that need to be prepared for the changes. Businesses and other organizations that seek to participate in elections and ballot measures through political committees must also be ready…. read the full article here: SPENCER RITCHIE — Changes to Mississippi campaign finance laws affect business community    

October 10, 2017

Ahmad R. Smith Selected to Tougaloo College 40 Under 40 List

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP congratulates Ahmad Smith for being selected to Tougaloo College’s Second Annual Forty Under Forty Alumni List. Tougaloo created this program to honor outstanding young alumni who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their accomplishments.

October 6, 2017

Forman Watkins Wins Summary Judgment in Louisiana Take-Home Asbestos Case

On October 4, 2017, Forman Watkins won summary judgment on behalf of a premises defendant in the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court for the Parish of St. James, Louisiana.  Plaintiffs in the case alleged that their decedent was exposed to asbestos on the clothing of her late husband, who worked at numerous industrial worksites, including the premises defendant represented by Forman Watkins.  Plaintiffs’ counsel issued a $650,000 settlement demand to our client. Our team completely defended the action for our client; taking all fact and expert witness depositions and preparing the motion for summary judgment.  Forman Watkins successfully persuaded the Court to grant its client’s motion during oral argument. The summary judgment briefing was prepared by Michael Abraham, and the motion was argued by Daniel Roberts.

September 21, 2017

Benton York Returns After Serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Benton York returns to the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was selected to the Editorial Board for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, and elected a judge on the University Judicial Committee.  He also clerked for the Honorable John S. Bryant on the Middle District of Tennessee during the summer of 2012.  Benton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2008, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  He originally joined the firm in 2013 and worked on complex litigation in federal and state courts nationwide at the trial and appellate level for three years before starting his clerkship.  

August 21, 2017

Forman Watkins Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce attorneys named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers, 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.