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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.

August 2, 2017

Malissa Wilson Joins the Firm as Partner

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce that Malissa Wilson joins the firm as a Partner in our Jackson, Mississippi office. Malissa is a proven litigator bringing over 15 years of diverse litigation experience. Prior to joining Forman Watkins, Malissa served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston (Texas) followed by her role as in-house counsel for a national insurance company overseeing cases in Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Malissa was also a senior associate with an area defense firm and a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General. Malissa’s long litigation experience has given her an extensive trial resume including numerous cases involving labor and employment, premises liability, civil rights and personal injury matters.

May 31, 2017

Forman Watkins Wins Misappropriation of Likeness Case

On May 25, 2017, Forman Watkins’ Win Gault and Peyton Smith obtained summary judgment in the matter of Osborne et al. v. Intermedia Outdoors Holdings, et al. before the Honorable Lamar Pickard of the Copiah County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs claimed the defendants misappropriated their likeness in connection with a hunting television show filmed in Alaska.

May 30, 2017

Jennifer Studebaker Receives “Women of Influence” Award for Mass Tort/Class Actions by Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce Jennifer Studebaker was selected as a “Woman of Influence” for Mass Tort/Class Actions in the Spring 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers Women in the Law. This edition is produced in collaboration with the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and highlights all women lawyers recognized in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

April 20, 2017

Alison O’Neal McMinn Recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 50 Under 40 Business Leader

Forman Watkins Partner, Alison O’Neal McMinn, was recently selected as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40 for 2017. This recognition is one of Mississippi’s most prestigious awards and 2017 brings about its 24th consecutive year. Top 50 Under 40 recognizes the state’s 50 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. The key to the program’s success is that individuals are nominated by friends or business associates who best know their professional and civic involvement.

April 10, 2017

Forman Watkins Expands its New Orleans Office with the Addition of Three Partners—Charles Abbott, Byron Kitchens, and Amy Maccherone

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce Charles Abbott, Byron Kitchens and Amy Maccherone have joined the New Orleans office as Partners. Our three new partners and their legal team join the firm from Cotten Schmidt & Abbott also in New Orleans. The team brings with them over three decades of combined litigation expertise with national experience focus in Commercial Litigation, Premises Liability and Product Liability.

January 24, 2017

Gault and Smith Win Appeal Before Fifth Circuit

On January 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a seven-page opinion affirming the trial court’s dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s wrongful death claims in Sonja Henderson v. West Jackson Student Housing, et al.