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January 24, 2017

Gault and Smith Win Appeal Before Fifth Circuit

On January 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a seven-page opinion affirming the trial court’s dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s wrongful death claims in Sonja Henderson v. West Jackson Student Housing, et al.

January 23, 2017

Firm Announces New Pro Bono Committee and Partnerships

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce the launch of its Pro Bono Initiative. The Firm believes that pro bono service is an important and essential element of every attorney’s professional responsibility; further, we believe that attorneys possess unique skills and abilities to serve the disadvantaged and promote the public interest.

January 12, 2017

Nicole Diesa Promoted to Partner in New Jersey Office

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce Nicole Diesa was recently promoted to Partner of the Firm. Nicole practices in the Firm’s New Jersey office and is licensed in New Jersey and New York. Nicole received her law degree from Touro Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association (Product Liability/Toxic Tort Section and Women in the Profession Section). Nicole focuses her practice primarily on Toxic Tort Litigation, Environmental, and Product Liability.

January 11, 2017

Brian Hannula Recognized by Portico Magazine as 2017 Portico 10 Honoree

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP congratulates Jackson Partner, Brian Hannula, for being honored by Portico Jackson Magazine as a 2017 Portico 10 Attorney. The PORTICO 10 is a group of up-and-coming attorneys in the Jackson area. These individuals were nominated by local firms, past honorees and members of the community before being chosen by a panel of local judges.

January 10, 2017

Jennifer Studebaker Honored by Mississippi Business Journal as a 2016 Leader in Law

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that Jennifer Studebaker was selected as one of 40 Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal. Each year, the Mississippi Business Journal recognizes a select group of attorneys who exhibit both the legal success and the qualities of character that exemplify this honor. A reception and awards celebration was held in December to recognize the 2016 honorees.

January 10, 2017 Receives Two More National Awards

Forman Watkins & Krutz’s recently launched website adds two more national awards to the existing two won in late 2016. The firm is extremely proud of the countless hours and creative effort our team put toward the website, including creative direction and development by Paperstreet Design, Patrick Kolts Photography, and the incredibly dedicated Forman Watkins team.

December 2, 2016

“Direct-to-Consumer 3D Printing Protection,” by Fyke, McGuffey, & Smith Published by DRI

The potential for 3D printing, formally known as additive manufacturing, to forever change traditional manufacturing processes has been well documented. Once merely a hobbyist’s niche, 3D printing has opened the door for individuals and businesses to “manufacture” products, ranging from replacement cabinet hardware to component car parts, from the comfort of their own homes or on-site in an office, simply by downloading computer-aided design (CAD) files and clicking “print.”

November 28, 2016

Krutz and Mulholland Persuade Court to Vacate Sanctions Order

Fred Krutz and Daniel Mulholland successfully argued that the judge who preceded Judge Simpson and entered the sanctions award erred in doing so because a reasonable person could have perceived that the judge had developed a bias against defendants.

November 8, 2016

FormanWatkins Website Wins National W³ Award

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that its recently overhauled website ( won its first national award, the W³. Out of over 5,000 entries for 2016, the firm was chosen for the General Website – Legal Services Silver Award along with a Silver Award for Website Photography.