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February 27, 2020

Gault and Ritchie Win in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Win Gault and Spencer Ritchie recently won in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where the Court affirmed the District Court’s ruling that awarded our client contractual damages, attorney fees, pre-judgment interest, and post-judgment interest totaling more than $900,000. In January 2019, Win and Spencer obtained a bench trial verdict in favor of our client, an oil and gas company, in a contractual indemnity action pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Win and Spencer presented oral argument before the Fifth Circuit in December 2019. The Court issued its opinion in February and designated it for publication.

February 20, 2020

Gray Selected to New Orleans CityBusiness 2020 Leadership in Law

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Tim Gray has been selected by New Orleans CityBusiness to its 2020 Leadership in Law class. Each year New Orleans CityBusiness recognizes 50 area professionals in the field of law for their career and community accomplishments. To celebrate this year’s honorees, an event will be held in May at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Tim enjoys a practice that presents new and varied challenges and opportunities. He has served as national trial counsel to several defendants in toxic tort litigation and has tried cases in several states in that capacity. He also represents parties in commercial disputes in Louisiana and Mississippi ranging from straightforward breach of contract actions to more complex matters involving multiple parties. Tim’s commercial practice has included representation of a real estate investment trust in acquisitions, dispositions, and financings, as well as representation of local Louisiana individuals and companies seeking advice on corporate and transactional matters. While he enjoys his work, Tim is also actively involved in his community. He currently serves on the board of a local charter school where he enjoys participating in the challenging process of remaking the New Orleans school system, one school at a time. Incorporating this philosophy into his work every day, Tim pushes himself and others around him to always strive to be better, creating an atmosphere of excellence which brings his clients not only great results, but peace of mind. Tim is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rated, and he has been selected […]

February 18, 2020

FormanWatkins Hosts Lunch and Learn at Southern University Law School

FormanWatkins recently hosted a lunch and learn at Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge.  Our attorneys structured the lunch and learn as a roundtable discussion with over 65 first year students to encourage them to ask the questions they need answers to the most.  A number of topics were covered, including preparation for and success during on campus interviews and how to make the most of your summer clerkships.  The University was a great partner for this lunch and learn, and the students were very interactive with really great questions.  The FormanWatkins attorneys hosting the round table included Melissa Fuller, Trey Williams, McCann LeFeve, Charles Abbott, and Peyton Smith.  Pictured with our team is Kerii Landry-Thomas, Director of Career Services for Southern University Law Center.

February 5, 2020

FormanWatkins Attorneys Attend DRI 2020 Women in the Law Seminar

FormanWatkins attorneys Chelsea Favret, Elizabeth Penn, and McCann LeFeve participated in the three-day DRI 2020 Women in the Law Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona, during January. The program gathered outstanding women from law firms and corporate legal departments around the United States. Attendees received instruction in communication and negotiation skills through interactive workshops and attended small-group networking events. Other highlights included panel discussions on how to build business by “getting uncomfortable” and how to bridge the generational gap in communication. The FormanWatkins Women’s Initiative proudly supports events such as the DRI WITL Seminar, which foster the advancement of women in law.

February 4, 2020

Abbott and McLaughlin Guest Lecture Toxic Tort Class at LSU Law School

On January 31, 2020, New Orleans attorneys Charles Abbott and Margaret McLaughlin guest lectured a Toxic Tort Class at LSU Law School. Teaching both second year and third year law students, Mr. Abbott and Ms. McLaughlin provided practical experiences and advice pertaining to various toxic tort related topics and issues, including, but not limited to, causation, expert witnesses, and Daubert challenges of expert witnesses, as well as overviews of epidemiology and toxicology. Given Ms. McLaughlin’s past experience as a teacher before going to law school, she felt right at home standing in front of a classroom again. This is Mr. Abbott’s seventh year guest lecturing in the Toxic Tort class at LSU Law School. This class was the first of several Toxic Tort classes that Mr. Abbott and other attorneys with FormanWatkins will teach this year at LSU Law School.

January 24, 2020

Upchurch, McGuffey, and Kapoor Selected to MBJ 2019 Leadership in Law Class

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Caroline Upchurch, Mitch McGuffey, and Sam Kapoor have been selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as part of the 2019 Leadership in Law class. Each year the Mississippi Business Journal recognizes a select group of 40 attorneys who exhibit both the legal success and the qualities of character that exemplify this honor. In December, a reception and awards celebration was held to recognize the 2019 honorees. Here is a little bit of information about the FormanWatkins honorees: Two things inspire Caroline Upchurch every day: the client and the puzzle. Each case is uniquely important to Caroline, because it’s a chance to form a personal relationship with a client and also to use her naturally analytical brain to solve problems. Caroline always works three steps ahead, avoiding surprises and creating well thought out solutions for her client. With an eye for efficiency, Caroline is able to quickly assess situations to decide the best approach and enjoys crafting innovative strategies for her clients. She enjoys the daily puzzles and challenges that walk through her door. Caroline is admitted to practice in Mississippi and Alabama, and she is a member of The Mississippi Bar and the Capital Area Bar Association. Caroline has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and has been selected to the Mid-South Rising Stars list since 2014. Caroline graduated magna cum laude from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where she was on the Mississippi Law […]

January 9, 2020

Penn, Pujol, and Ritchie Promoted to Partner

FormanWatkins is excited to announce that Elizabeth Penn, Patrice Pujol, and Spencer Ritchie have been promoted to Partner! Elizabeth Penn  joined the Firm in 2016 with over ten years of litigation experience. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Information Systems and received her law degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where she received the Patrick Michael Magann Public Interest Award and was Associate Mississippi Cases Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Elizabeth is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and she serves on the Firm’s Technology and Diversity Committees. Elizabeth provides pro bono and community service through Joni and Friends (a disability advocacy and support organization), as well as Mission First Legal Aid Office and Mississippi Center for Justice. Elizabeth is also a Mid-South Rising Stars and Louisiana Rising Stars honoree. Elizabeth works out of our Jackson and New Orleans offices and is admitted to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Patrice Pujol is licensed in Texas and works out of our Houston office.  Patrice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University and her Master of English degree from the University of Dallas. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law – Houston, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy, the Best Team award and the Second-Best […]

January 6, 2020

Ritchie Appointed to Mississippi Ethics Commission

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Spencer Ritchie, a partner in the firm’s Jackson office, has been appointed by Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves to the Mississippi Ethics Commission. The Commission is composed of eight members serving four-year terms and a full-time Commission staff. The Commission enforces Mississippi’s Ethics In Government Law, as well as the State’s Open Meetings Act, Public Records Act, and Campaign Finance Law. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state, county, district, and municipal government come under the authority of the Ethics Commission. Congratulations, Spencer!