Chambers & Partners annually conducts extensive research and analysis based on comments from thousands of clients and peers to compile an independent and objective list of talent available at the highest level of legal practice. In the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Watkins & Eager and 21 of its lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

“We would like to congratulate our recognized attorneys for once again being named leaders in their field by Chambers USA,” said James J. Crongeyer, Jr., Managing Member of Watkins & Eager. “We continually endeavor to better understand our clients’ businesses and their legal challenges, and we thank them for taking the time to provide Chambers with the positive feedback that helped us achieve this distinguished recognition.”

The firm received national recognition in the category of Product Liability & Mass Torts, and the following Watkins & Eager attorneys received individual Chambers recognition on a national level:

Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationally Ranked)

David L. Ayers

Walter T. Johnson

The following Watkins & Eager attorneys received individual Chambers recognition for their legal work in Mississippi:


George R. Fair

C. Joyce Hall

Jamie G. Houston III

Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance

M. Binford Williams, Jr.

Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy

Jim F. Spencer, Jr.

Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Finance

C. Joyce Hall


Betty Ruth Fox

Keith W. Turner

Labor & Employment

Walter J. Brand

Kenneth E. Milam

Litigation: General Commercial

David L. Ayers

Michael O. Gwin

William F. Ray

Stephanie M. Rippee

Paul H. Stephenson III

Michael W. Ulmer

Real Estate

Paul L. Gunn

Molly Jeffcoat Moody

Jason L. Poulson

William C. Smith III (Eminent Practitioner)

M. Binford Williams, Jr.

Roger W. Williams