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September 16, 2021

Employment Law Team Secures Dismissal of Title VII Suit Against National Retailer

The FormanWatkins employment law team secured another client victory by obtaining dismissal of a Title VII suit on behalf of a national retail chain and local franchise owners.  The District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit after concluding the plaintiff failed to properly serve process on the defendants after the Court had already twice granted additional time for plaintiff to achieve proper service.

September 9, 2021

FormanWatkins Donates $50,000 to The Greater New Orleans Foundation Hurricane Ida Relief Fund

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP announced today that it is donating $50,000 to Hurricane Ida Relief. The Firm is making the donation through the Greater New Orleans Foundation Hurricane Ida Relief Fund, which will distribute those funds to relief efforts across the area. New Orleans partner, Tim Gray, commented, “FormanWatkins believes in the resiliency of our New Orleans community and we hope this donation will accelerate the recovery from this devastating storm.” The Firm made this donation through its charitable foundation, which is supported by the over 140 attorneys and staff across 5 states, most of whom are in offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

August 5, 2021

FormanWatkins Co-Hosts Hinds County Family Law Clinic

On Friday, July 30, 2021, attorneys and summer associates from our Jackson office were among those who volunteered at the Hinds County Family Law Clinic, a pro se legal clinic held at the Hinds County Chancery Courthouse. The clinic assisted individuals with a variety of legal matters, including irreconcilable differences divorces, uncontested guardianships, birth certificate corrections, and name changes.

July 22, 2021

Forest Products Team Wins Major Ruling from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a significant opinion defining state of the art evidence for product liability cases. The opinion affirmed a summary judgment award won by FormanWatkins in the Eastern District of North Carolina on behalf of a dimensional lumber manufacturer. The case involved a plaintiff’s alleged childhood exposure to softwood dust in his father’s hobby woodshop and his later diagnosed sinonasal cancer.

July 1, 2021

FormanWatkins Thanks Baker Hughes for Participating in our Diversity Pipeline Program

FormanWatkins recently welcomed counsel from Baker Hughes to participate in FormanWatkins’ Diversity Pipeline Program.  Regina Jones, Chief Legal Officer, and Amy Blumrosen, Senior Litigation Counsel, spoke to current students and recent graduates from Tougaloo College and Jackson State University about pursuing a career in the legal field.

June 18, 2021

McFarland Serves as Panelist for DRI Diversity for Success Seminar

DRI recently held their annual Diversity for Success Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Vernon McFarland served on the Law Student Forum Panel designed to give open and straightforward answers to future attorneys on what to expect in the profession.  The discussion included creating a career path, best practices during job interviews and navigating obstacles unique to attorneys from underrepresented backgrounds. University of Mississippi Law FWK Summer Associate, Hope Thompson, attended the seminar and enjoyed the panel and connecting peers and panelists.

May 19, 2021

Julian Miller Honored with Pro Bono Service Award by Capital Area Bar Association

The Capital Area Bar Association (CABA) recently held their annual Evening Honoring the Judiciary at the Country Club of Jackson. The dinner not only hosts a keynote speaker but also serves as an opportunity for CABA and Jackson Young Lawyers (JYL) to present their annual awards for outstanding service, pro bono and professionalism.  FormanWatkins is extremely proud to have one of its very own presented with the 2020 JYL Pro Bono Service Award, congratulations to Julian Miller for this well-deserved recognition! As the lead attorney for MC Law’s Education Law & Policy Clinic, Julian coordinates FormanWatkins attorneys and a team of student attorneys in advocating on behalf of clients across the state in matters ranging from individual cases to policy advocacy work. In its first year of partnership, FormanWatkins attorneys worked over 500 pro bono hours on clinic matters on behalf of 14 clients, and look forward to many more productive years to come. Julian was recently awarded the FormanWatkins Pro Bono Star award for providing over 365 pro bono hours during 2020, further reinforcing the Firm’s continued commitment to serving members of our communities with legal services when they need it the most. Past Pro Bono Service Award recipients include Spencer Ritchie (2014) and Vernon McFarland (2017).