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The Emporium Building
400 East Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 601-965-1900
Fax: 601-965-1901
E-Mail: blauterbach@watkinseager.com
www.watkinseager.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39205
Established: 1895

Practice Areas
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Liability
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Life and Health
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Toxic Torts
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About Us
Watkins & Eager is the oldest and among the largest Mississippi law firms. The firm offers a diversified, full service civil practice. Watkins & Eager is based in Jackson, Mississippi, the geographic center of the state, serving clients regionally and nationally.

Watkins & Eager lawyers possess exceptional legal preparation and experience, with diverse backgrounds from law schools throughout the nation. Notable distinctions include fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the Product Liability Advisory Council. Chambers USA® ranks Watkins & Eager as a "Band 1" firm in general commercial litigation and recognizes firm members as "Leaders in their Field" in numerous practice areas.

Watkins & Eager is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell ®, "highly recommended" by Benchmark Litigation®, and rated Tier One in Best Law Firms®. Watkins & Eager is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance. Members of the firm are recognized by their peers in Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America®, including expertise in insurance law.

The firm's legal services encompass issues arising from fidelity and surety bonds as well as insurance policies covering property, casualty, life, health, accident, employment, professional liability, construction, and other forms of insurance. Watkins & Eager's litigation experience ranges from class action and complex multi-party suits to simple commercial and tort cases.

The firm provides counseling and legal services to insurance companies in coverage interpretation, excess and umbrella coverage, insurance industry practices, claims against insurance agents and brokers, and bad faith litigation. Watkins & Eager frequently serves as monitoring and appellate counsel in complex claims. The firm provides expert testimony for insurers and insureds.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
FCCI Insurance GroupGallagher Bassett
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.Western World Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Mississippi Municipal Service Company
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Personnel Information
Members
Richard T. Lawrence
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1979
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1976
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 1979
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Steven D. Orlansky
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1980
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1977
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 1980
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William F. Ray
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1986
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.A., 1983
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 1986
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Michael O. Gwin
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1986
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.A., 1983
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 1986
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Corey D. Hinshaw
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 2004
Education:
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2001
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2004
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Jimmy B. Wilkins
Jackson, MS
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1997
Education:
  • Alcorn State University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1994
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 1997
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