Watkins & Eager is pleased to announce that Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), an annual guide identifying the world’s leading high net worth advisors in the private wealth market, ranked Watkins & Eager in Band 2 in Private Wealth Law in its 2020 edition and has recognized Jamie G. Houston III and Clark C. Luke.

According to one local commentator, Watkins & Eager “has a great reputation in Jackson”.  The team assists high net worth clients with trust and estate planning and administration, life insurance planning and wills and probate.  Attorneys at the firm also help closely held enterprises with business succession planning matters.  Another source noted, "[t]hey are extremely reasonable, very timely - great people, always on top of things. If you have a problem, you can turn it over to them and be happy that they will handle it well. They are the most proactive firm I have dealt with. They take care of us."

Jamie Houston has extensive experience in sophisticated estate, business succession and charitable gift planning for high-net-worth clients, estate settlement, trust administration, fiduciary litigation and tax matters relating to trusts and estates, including income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Jamie is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Chambers HNW notes, Jamie is "a great tax lawyer … [and] one of the most well-respected lawyers in this marketplace."  Another source commented that Jamie has an "excellent, excellent reputation" and "clients enjoy working with him." 

Clark Luke has wide-ranging experience in estate planning and administration, trust administration and planning, taxation, corporate law, and domestic and family relations. One commentator described Clark as being "extremely easy to work with and very bright. … I think he has a very good background as far as technical knowledge goes, but he is very practical.”  Another commentator described Clark this way: “Clark has an excellent ability at such a young age to think of the big picture for his clients, and this makes him a fantastic lawyer." 

The Chambers HNW rankings are the result of in-depth research and interviews with hundreds of lawyers, family offices, accountancy professionals, tax advisors, bankers, investment managers, and high-end real estate agents to get a comprehensive understanding of the private wealth sector in key jurisdictions. To learn more about the guide, click here.