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February 4, 2021

FormanWatkins Awards 17 Attorneys with Pro Bono Recognition for Service in 2020

FormanWatkins’ Pro Bono Committee recently unveiled the new Pro Bono Star, a badge which honors our attorneys who dedicated 25 or more pro bono hours in 2020. Congratulations to the 17 attorneys receiving this inaugural recognition! The Pro Bono Star will be awarded annually to attorneys meeting or exceeding the Firm’s pro bono goals for the year.

February 4, 2021

Hannula, Upchurch, and Mulholland Successfully Arbitrate Multi-state, Multi-million Dollar Construction Dispute

Brian Hannula, Caroline Upchurch, and Daniel Mulholland successfully arbitrated a national forest products company’s multi-million dollar construction dispute with a contractor arising out of two huge plant reconstructions in Alabama and Arkansas. The disputes involved warranty, contract, and payment claims.  The first arbitration – concerning the Arkansas plant and lasting a week in Little Rock – resulted in an award of damages and attorney fees for the company, and a rejection of  the contractor’s claims for payment. This victory resulted in an also immediate resolution of the second arbitration

February 2, 2021

Sam Kapoor Elected to The Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors

Congratulations to Sam Kapoor for her recent election to the Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for the Hinds Post IV! The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division is governed by its Board of Directors and is active in many public service endeavors. The Young Lawyers Division is composed of all lawyers 37 years and younger and any lawyer over the age of 37 during their first three years of practice following their admission. Officers and Directors Elected for the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division The ballots for the 2021 Young Lawyers Division elections were tabulated on January 28, by Direct Vote Plus. Jess Waltman of Gulfport was elected President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division. Waltman’s term will begin at the 2021 Annual Meeting in July. Also elected were La’Toyia J. Slay of Ridgeland, Secretary, and Lindsey E. Lazinsky of Oxford, Director At-Large. Elected to the Board of Directors were: J. Aaron Spearman of Tupelo, Northeast District; Brandon H. Riches of Gulfport, Coastal II District; Sampada “Sam” Kapoor of Jackson, Hinds Post IV; Kevin “KB” Bass of Jackson, Hinds Post V; Andreanna “Ann” Jones of Jackson, Hinds Post VI; Alex Parker Shoemaker of Purvis, Southwest District; and Chase Wynn of Ridgeland, Central I District.

January 20, 2021

Metcalf and Lewis Successfully Exclude Speculative Medical Testimony in Forestry Herbicide Case

The FormanWatkins forest products team continues its strong performance defending companies who have been sued for alleged personal injuries. Recently, FormanWatkins attorneys Joshua Metcalf and Chelsea Lewis argued successfully for the exclusion of two medical doctors in a herbicide spraying case where the plaintiffs sought to use the doctors to establish a causative link between the herbicide at issue and the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries.

January 14, 2021

FormanWatkins Team Wins Summary Judgment in West Virginia Debut

FormanWatkins attorneys Fred Krutz, Brian Hannula, and Andrew Stubbs started off 2021 strong with a summary judgment win in West Virginia! The case was the first of six coal mining claims filed against the same respirator manufacturer to reach the summary judgment stage.

November 30, 2020

2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that 25 of its attorneys have been selected to the 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers and/or Rising Stars lists!  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.