Emily Tate was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2016 and joined Watkins & Eager in 2017.  Emily focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law and litigation. She represents and defends employers in state and federal court litigation, and before administrative agencies.  Emily also routinely counsels clients concerning human resources administration matters, including review of employee policies and agreements, leave administration, and other personnel matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Emily served as law clerk to the Honorable David C. Bramlette, III of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. During law school, she was Casenote/Comment Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2024, Labor and Employment Law – Management)
  • Outstanding Service Award, Jackson Young Lawyers Association (2022)

  • Mississippi College Law Review, Casenote/Comment Editor
  • Mississippi College Moot Court Board
  • Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
  • National Order of Scribes
  • American Jurisprudence awards for Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, Appellate Advocacy, Domestic Relations, Sales and Leasing, and Commercial Paper

Community & Professional

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • 2022 International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Graduate

  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Secretary (2022-2023), Outreach Grant Committee (Chair, 2022; Co-Chair 2021)

  • Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, Board of Directors, 2019-2021
  • Metro Jackson Go Red for Women (American Heart Association), Executive Leadership Team, 2018-2019 
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court, Pupil, 2015-2016

Articles & Publications

  • Pregnant Workers on Board? The Congressional Stork Has Delivered New Employment Protections for New & Expectant Mothers, DRI’s For the Defense, Volume 65, Issue 9, October 23, 2023.


  • National Business Institute, Mississippi Employment Law 2022, Family and Medical Leave: What You Must Know (May 3, 2022).
  • National Business Institute, Human Resource Law Boot Camp, Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities (July 22, 2021).
  • Mississippi Bankers Association Custom Conference, Managing the New Normal, panelist (June 8, 2020).


Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, summa cum laude, 2016

Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Georgia, magna cum laude, 2013