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August 21, 2017

FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is pleased to announce attorneys named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

August 11, 2017

Gault and Banks Win Product Defect Case

On August 9, 2017, Forman Watkins’ Win Gault and Jake Banks obtained summary judgment in the matter of Charles Sly v. Road Systems, Inc. before the Honorable Henry T. Wingate of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  Plaintiff claimed that he suffered catastrophic injuries due to a design defect in a guard rail.

August 4, 2017

FormanWatkins Attorneys & Summer Clerks Lead Legal Clinic

Forman Watkins attorneys and summer clerks recently conducted our second pro se law clinic at the Eudora Welty Library through our partnership with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The July clinic allowed our team of 10 attorneys and 5 law clerks to assist with 26 individual matters, providing legal advice to those who qualified for legal assistance through MVLP. In 2017 alone, Forman Watkins attorneys have assisted with 48 individual matters through our partnership with MVLP.

July 17, 2017

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of one of the firm’s clients, ruling that the district court properly dismissed plaintiffs’ public and private nuisance claims. This ruling is a tremendous win for defendants who face claims by plaintiffs attempting to avoid a state’s workers’ compensation exclusivity provisions by pleading them as environmental claims.

May 31, 2017

FormanWatkins Wins Misappropriation of Likeness Case

On May 25, 2017, Forman Watkins’ Win Gault and Peyton Smith obtained summary judgment in the matter of Osborne et al. v. Intermedia Outdoors Holdings, et al. before the Honorable Lamar Pickard of the Copiah County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs claimed the defendants misappropriated their likeness in connection with a hunting television show filmed in Alaska.

May 30, 2017

Jennifer Studebaker Receives “Women of Influence” Award for Mass Tort/Class Actions by Best Lawyers

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce Jennifer Studebaker was selected as a “Woman of Influence” for Mass Tort/Class Actions in the Spring 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers Women in the Law. This edition is produced in collaboration with the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and highlights all women lawyers recognized in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

April 24, 2017

FormanWatkins Wins Asylum for Pro Bono Client

Tim Gray and Michelle Roy of our New Orleans office represent a client, a minor, who fled from Guatemala to the United States with her family in 2015 to escape gang violence and political persecution. The firm sought permanent status for this client as a “Special Juvenile Immigrant” and as a member of a persecuted class entitled to asylum. The firm accepted this pro bono representation through a program sponsored by the Catholic Charities which matches volunteer lawyers with undocumented juvenile children in Louisiana. The firm continues to represent other undocumented minors through this program.

April 20, 2017

Alison O’Neal McMinn Recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 50 Under 40 Business Leader

Forman Watkins Partner, Alison O’Neal McMinn, was recently selected as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40 for 2017. This recognition is one of Mississippi’s most prestigious awards and 2017 brings about its 24th consecutive year. Top 50 Under 40 recognizes the state’s 50 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. The key to the program’s success is that individuals are nominated by friends or business associates who best know their professional and civic involvement.

April 17, 2017

Mississippi Photography Contest

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to celebrate three decades in Downtown Jackson, and we are even prouder to reaffirm our commitment to Mississippi’s capital city by revitalizing and transforming the top three floors of the Regions Building, the tallest building in Downtown Jackson. We are driven by the new energy and businesses that are coming here. Now it’s your turn to add to the creative energy, and we want you to bring your passion and submit your original works to the Forman Watkins & Krutz Photography Contest. Photograph entries from around Mississippi are welcome and will be eligible to win first, second, and third place prizes in both the Amateur and Professional categories.