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 21 of its attorneys are listed in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

“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., Co-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.”

Chambers USA 2021 ranked the firm in the following categories:

Product Liability & Mass Torts: Highly Regarded—USA Nationwide (Band 2)

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 2021 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.

Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Finance

C. Joyce Hall 


Betty Ruth Fox

Keith W. Turner

Labor & Employment

Walter J. Brand

Adam H. Gates

P. Brooks Eason

Litigation: General Commercial

David L. Ayers

Michael O. Gwin

Walter T. Johnson

William F. Ray

Stephanie M. Rippee

Paul H. Stephenson III

Michael W. Ulmer

Real Estate

Paul L. Gunn

Molly Jeffcoat Moody

Jason L. Poulson

M. Binford Williams, Jr.

Roger W. Williams