Jimmy B. Wilkins was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1997.  His experience spans from general product liability, premises litigation, and personal injury litigation to tort and general litigation.  He has tried several significant product liability cases for various automotive manufacturers to verdict and has also tried significant premises liability cases to verdict.  Prior to joining Watkins & Eager, Jimmy served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr. United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi (1997-98).

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Image Award in the Field of Law, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Mu Sigma Chapter (2016)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008-12, Rising Star - General Litigation)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2011-24, Insurance Law; Litigation - Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)

Community & Professional

  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • The Mississippi Bar


  • Federal Practice: A Focus on Issues Related to Discovery in Mississippi Federal Courts, Magnolia Bar Association CLE Presentation (2008)
  • Electronic Discovery, Magnolia Bar Association CLE Presentation (2007)
  • Handling Automobile Defect Cases, Product Liability Litigation (2006) NBI
  • Survey of Current Law Regarding Liability of Business Owners for Violent Acts Committed by Third Parties Against Business Patrons, 2011, Chicago, IL, DRI Strictly Retail Seminar 
  • Social Networking Sites and Their Impact on Litigation, 2011, Magnolia Bar CLE Presentation 
  • Back to Basics: Believing and Building Your Federal Practice, 2016, Magnolia Bar CLE Presentation


Juris Doctor: Tulane University Law School (cum laude), 1997

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, Alcorn State University (summa cum laude), 1994