W&E is pleased to announce the nationally recognized legal directory Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers has identified the firm as a leader in several practice areas in its 2012 edition. This publication, which has consistently cited the firm as a leader in the law, again highlights Watkins & Eager as one of the state's top firms in the following areas: Corporate/Commercial; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Real Estate; and Products Liability - National.

In compiling their results, Chambers conducts client and attorney interviews across the United States and their rankings are based on the following criteria: technical legal abilities, professional conduct, client services, commercial awareness and astuteness, diligence, and client commitment.

In addition to its law firm commendation, Chambers acknowledges individual leading lawyers. This year, fourteen W&E lawyers have been specifically recognized:

George R. Fair
Jamie G. Houston III

Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance
George R. Fair

Keith W. Turner

Labor & Employment
Walter J. Brand
Kenneth E. Milam

Litigation: General Commercial
David L. Ayers
Lewis Bell
William F. Goodman, Jr.
William F. Ray
Paul H. Stephenson III
Michael W. Ulmer

Real Estate
Paul Gunn
William C. Smith III
M. Binford Williams, Jr.