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.

Malissa graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and went on to obtain a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.  She worked as a journalist and public relations practitioner before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law where she graduated cum laude in 2002.  In law school, she was an executive board member of the Moot Court Board, vice president of the Law Association for Women; and, member of the National Security Law Journal.  She was a finalist in the Moot Court Oral Competition, and she received the Outstanding Student Award for achieving the highest G.P.A. in legal research.

Malissa has actively served the local and legal community through her memberships in a variety of civic and legal organizations.  She is a member of the public service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She has participated in the in-school mentorship program for Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization.  Malissa also does pro bono work on a variety of family law matters for local legal services agencies.

Malissa has served in leadership capacities on a number committees, including as  board member of the Jackson Young Lawyers; chair of the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Diversity in the Law Committee; member of the Public Information Committee's Media in the Law Subcommittee of the Mississippi Bar; member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Strategic Communications; member of the Ole Miss Central Mississippi Alumni Board; and, member of the NROUTE Transportation Commission of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  She is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Jackson.

Partner, Alison McMinn, added “we are thrilled to have a leader like Malissa join the Forman Watkins team and we look forward to the vast legal knowledge and litigation experience she brings to the firm.”