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. Watkins & Eager and 20 of its attorneys are listed in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA 2023 ranked the firm in the following categories:

Product Liability & Mass Torts: Highly Regarded—USA Nationwide (Band 3)

Litigation: General Commercial—Mississippi (Band 1)

Real Estate—Mississippi (Band 1)

Corporate/Commercial—Mississippi (Band 2)

Environment—Mississippi (Band 2)

Labor & Employment—Mississippi (Band 2)

Chambers USA 2023 ranked individual Watkins & Eager attorneys in the following categories:

Product Liability: Automotive (USA-Nationwide)

David L. Ayers

Product Liability & Mass Torts (USA-Nationwide)

Walter T. Johnson


Jim F. Spencer, Jr.


George R. Fair

C. Joyce Hall

Jamie G. Houston III 

Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance

M. Binford Williams, Jr.

Molly Jeffcoat Moody

Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Finance

C. Joyce Hall 


Betty Ruth Fox

Keith W. Turner

Labor & Employment

Walter J. Brand

P. Brooks Eason

Litigation: General Commercial

David L. Ayers

Michael O. Gwin

Walter T. Johnson

William F. Ray

Stephanie M. Rippee

Kathy K. Smith

Paul H. Stephenson III

Real Estate

Paul L. Gunn

Molly Jeffcoat Moody

Jason L. Poulson

M. Binford Williams, Jr.

Roger W. Williams


Jamie G. Houston III