- University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., with high honors
- University of Mississippi, B.A.
- Mississippi, 1978
- U.S. District Court for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1978
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1998
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014
- Arkansas, 2015
Standing at the forefront of dedication and hard work in litigation is Fred Krutz. Possessing a quick mind and sharp salesmanship, Fred offers excellent work to all his clients. Having been a leader in his practice for over 30 years, he has maintained a respected name for himself and his firm, but has never grown complacent. Creativity is the pinnacle of his work ethic as he offers case-specific solutions that are catered for each of his clients. Fred believes in the philosophy of "get busy living, or get busy dying." He makes every day count at the office and at home, always ready to put in the work needed to achieve the goals of his clients and his family, and uses his gifts of passion and persuasion to better the lives of those around him. Clients can expect innovation, honesty, and commitment when they hire Fred but, most importantly, a reputation for excellence which, after over 30 years, continues to follow him today.
Examples of Important Litigation Involvement
- Chairman of the Defendants’ Steering Committee in the Silica MDL 1553 in Corpus Christi, Texas, which resulted in a historical order and opinion which led to the dismissal of approximately 25,000 claims (In Re Silica Products Liab. Litig., 398 F.Supp.2d 563) as reported in numerous national media, including the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle and Reader’s Digest. On October 27, 2010, Forman Watkins & Krutz was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reforms 2010 Award for Outstanding Organization. The Chamber recognized Forman Watkins Krutz ongoing work to expose fraud in mass tort cases nationwide.
- Lead counsel for TIN, Inc., a subsidiary of International Paper Company, in connection with a lawsuit filed by the District Attorney for Washington Parish, Louisiana, arising out of an August 2011 incident in which TINs Bogalusa Paper Mill released weak black liquor into the Pearl River, resulting in a significant fish kill. The District Attorneys lawsuit sought to impose civil penalties in excess of $250 million on TIN for the fish kill. TIN requested that the District Attorneys case be dismissed on the basis that TIN had settled the civil penalties claim with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The trial court refused that request and declared the LDWF-TIN settlement to be void. Forman Watkins Krutz filed a successful interlocutory appeal of the trial court ruling to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. The First Circuit reversed the trial court and dismissed the District Attorneys lawsuit with prejudice. The District Attorney appealed the First Circuit’s judgment to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed the First Circuit’s dismissal of the District Attorney’s lawsuit.
- Represented Google in an action under 28 U.S.C. 1983 against the Mississippi Attorney General in Mississippi federal court. Google claimed that the Attorney General had violated Google’s rights under the First Amendment, the Communications Decency Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Google obtained a temporary restraining order and, later a preliminary injunction, enjoining the Attorney General’s investigation and threatened prosecution arising out of Google’s publication of third party content on the Internet via Google’s search engine, YouTube, and advertising sales.
- Currently representing Google in a pending case filed by the Mississippi Attorney General in Lowndes County, Mississippi Chancery Court.
- Currently representing LEONI Wiring Systems in a pending case filed by the Mississippi Attorney General in Madison County, Mississippi Chancery Court.
- Represented TransUnion, one of the three national credit reporting agencies in an investigation and civil lawsuit by the Mississippi Attorney General under the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.
- Lead trial lawyer in the first silica case tried to verdict in Mississippi. The jury returned a verdict for the defendants, which was the first defense verdict in a mass tort case in Claiborne County, Mississippi. This historical victory was reported by numerous media, including The American Lawyer, NPR, The Clarion Ledger, Fox Business.com, Trial.com, HarrisMartin, Androvett Legal Media & Marketing, and Claimsjournal.com.
- Lead counsel for defendants in Auditor for the State of Mississippi vs. The Langston Law Firm, et al. The Mississippi Auditor sued our clients seeking the return of $14,000,000 in attorneys’ fees that they earned for successfully prosecuting a lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi against MCI. That settlement resulted in MCI paying the State of Mississippi over $100,000,000.
- Lead counsel in Robinson v. Mine Safety Appliances Co. et al. On August 3, 2015, The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in its unanimous opinion, affirmed summary judgment for our clients.
- Lead trial lawyer in Luckett v. Precision Packaging, Inc., Jefferson County, Arkansas, October 2016. The jury in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, returned a verdict 11-1 for our client.
News & Knowledge
- January 14, 2021
FormanWatkins Team Wins Summary Judgment in West Virginia DebutRead More
- November 30, 2020
2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising StarsRead More
- September 25, 2020
Krutz and Watkins Participate in Charity Golf TournamentRead More
- August 20, 2020
FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers®Read More
- May 29, 2020
MS Supreme Court Affirms Complete Dismissal of Alleged Price-Fixing CaseRead More
- November 5, 2019
2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising StarsRead More
- August 15, 2019
FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers®Read More
- November 30, 2018
FormanWatkins Announces 2018 Mid-South Super LawyersRead More
- August 24, 2018
Krutz and Mulholland Win Summary Judgment in Legal Malpractice CaseRead More
- August 22, 2018
FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of Best LawyersRead More
- August 8, 2018
Silica Team Won Summary Judgment in Hinds County on Behalf of Precision PackagingRead More
- August 3, 2018
Forman Watkins & Krutz Silica Team Won Summary Judgment in Crittenden County, ArkansasRead More
- November 29, 2017
FormanWatkins Announces 2017 Mid-South Super LawyersRead More
- August 21, 2017
FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of Best LawyersRead More
- November 28, 2016
Krutz and Mulholland Persuade Court to Vacate Sanctions OrderRead More
- November 8, 2016
FormanWatkins Announces 2016 Mid-South Super LawyersRead More
- October 24, 2016
Forman Watkins & Krutz Wins Defense Verdict in First Silica Case Tried in ArkansasRead More
- August 15, 2016
FormanWatkins Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Edition of Best LawyersRead More
- June 14, 2016
FormanWatkins Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USARead More
- December 9, 2015
FW&K Named Highly Recommended Local Litigation Firm in the 2016 Edition of Benchmark LitigationRead More
- November 24, 2015
FWK Reaffirms Commitment to Downtown JacksonRead More
- November 9, 2015
FW&K Announces 2015 Mid-South Super LawyersRead More
- October 21, 2015
Big Win for FormanWatkins’ Client in Consolidated Appeal to the Mississippi Supreme CourtRead More
- August 27, 2015
FW&K Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America and Lawyer of the YearRead More
- August 3, 2015
Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal for Arkansas Silica CaseRead More
- April 21, 2015
Fred Krutz & Daniel Mulholland Represent Google Against Mississippi Attorney GeneralRead More
- April 17, 2015
FormanWatkins Wins Two Summary Judgment Motions for Client Moldex-MetricRead More
- Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
- Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 50 in Mississippi (2008-2020)
- Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star since 2009: Commercial Litigation
- The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
- 2013 Lawyer of the Year – Jackson, MS – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
- 2014 Lawyer of the Year – Jackson, MS – Litigation – Environmental
- 2015 Lawyer of the Year – Jackson, MS – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
- 2015 Lawyer of the Year – Jackson, MS – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
- 2018 Lawyer of the Year – Jackson, MS – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
- Chambers USA Leading Individual since 2006: General Commercial Litigation
- Jackson Legal Professionals Association Boss of the Year (2005-2006)
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
- Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, and Mississippi College School of Law – Mississippi Class Action Symposium, Panelist
- AEI-Brookings Institue – Toxic Torts Judicial Symposium, Speaker
- Mealey’s Silica & Asbestos Claims Conference, Speaker
- DRI Silica & Asbestos Claims Conference, Speaker
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Diagnosing for Dollars: The Engine Driving Mass Torts Litigation, Speaker
- Mealey’s Mass Medical Screenings Teleconference – Investigations into Fraudulent Asbestos & Silica Claims, Speaker
- Mealey’s Litigation Report: Silica, Commentary – “In the Wake of Silica MDL 1553”, Vol. 4, No. 5 (January 2006)
- “Silicosis: Explaining the Inconsistency Between Declining Public Health Statistics and the Epidemic in Litigation” Chest 128, Supple. 4:2145 (2005)
- Federal Jurisdiction – Civil Rights Jurisdiction Under 28 U.S.C. §1349(3) Not Available When Equitable Monetary Relief, Sought Under 42 U.S.C. §1983, Would Stem Directly From Municipal Funds, Miss. L.J., vol. 47 (1976)