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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).

May 17, 2021

Metcalf and Lewis Win Summary Judgment in Federal Pesticide Case

In a significant victory for a national forest-products client, FormanWatkins attorneys Joshua Metcalf and Chelsea Lewis won summary judgment in federal court in Louisiana.  Plaintiffs had sued over the application of a commonly-used herbicide to the client’s timberland, seeking monetary damages and an injunction preventing the use of any herbicide or pesticide on thousands of acres of the client’s property.

May 5, 2021

Abdalla Obtains Partial Summary Judgment for Global Medical Device Company

Mary Clift Abdalla, as Mississippi counsel, successfully obtained partial summary judgment for a global medical device company dismissing the Plaintiff’s trade secrets misappropriation claims, and preventing Plaintiff from seeking statutory damages or attorney’s fees on copyright infringement claims. The team also obtained a ruling striking Plaintiff’s expert witness reports, while denying Plaintiff’s request to strike Defendant’s expert report.

May 4, 2021

FormanWatkins Launches Diversity Pipeline Program

FormanWatkins is proud to announce our Diversity Pipeline Program, a three and a half day program for Tougaloo College students interested in pursuing a career as a civil litigator. Our Jackson team hosted Clifford Benton, Ayanna Hill, and Tia Patrick in April for the 2021 Program. The students attended seminars each of the three days to provide an overview of “firm life.”

April 22, 2021

FormanWatkins Team Helps Pro Bono Client Reacquire Property

Jackson-based attorneys Nick Giallourakis and Ruth Maron Huskey successfully represented a pro bono client in reacquiring ownership of his property after it was sold to a loan company at a state tax sale.  Giallourakis and Huskey negotiated with the loan company to allow their client to reacquire the property at a fraction of the amount initially demanded by the loan company and for an amount much less than the appraised value of the land.  The pro bono client and his family were able to stay on the subject property throughout the process, which began in August 2018 and ended in February 2021.  Huskey and Giallourakis initially worked with Mission First, one of Forman Watkins’ longstanding pro bono partners.  

March 8, 2021

FormanWatkins Releases 2020 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report

FormanWatkins released its 2020 Pro Bono & Civic Engagement Report today. The Firm’s pro bono efforts are led by our Pro Bono Committee, whose members include: Alison McMinn, Courtney Hunt, Erin Latuso, Julian Miller, Margaret McLaughlin, Mimi Arthur, Mitch McGuffey, Nicole Diesa, and Vernon McFarland.  Thank you to all team members involved with these cases, it truly makes a difference! We’re happy for you to share our mission, you may download a PDF by clicking here: FormanWatkins Pro Bono in Review_2020

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