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Rebecca Lee Wiggs was admitted to the Mississippi Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1985. She is also a member of the North Carolina Bar. Her experience spans from general product liability and medical malpractice to labor and employment, consumer finance, and appellate advocacy. Her cases of note include Shields v. Sturm Ruger, 864 F.2d 379 (5th Cir. 1989); Foster v. Bass, 575 So. 2d 967 (Miss. 1990); and Dixie Ins. Co. v. Mooneyhan, 684 So. 2d 574 (Miss. 1996). Rebecca served on the defense team for successful Baycol litigation, PPA litigation, and HRT litigation. Prior to joining Watkins & Eager, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Paul H. Roney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Rebecca completed her mediation training with the American Arbitration Association and Mediation.org.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women,  2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016-17
  • Benchmark Litigation (2017, Local Litigation Star)
  • Boss of the Year, Jackson Legal Secretaries Association (1989-90)
  • Lawyer Citizenship Award, Mississippi State Bar, 2012
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2014-17, Personal Injury Products: Defense)
  • PORTICO Legacy Lawyers, Class of 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2014-18, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, 2016 

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Inns of Court - Charles Clark Chapter (Bencher)
  • Wake Forest University Divinity School, Board of Visitors
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi, Founder & Executive Committee
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Governing Board
  • Leadership Mississippi, Class of 1995
  • The Mississippi Bar (2014-17, Commissioner; Litigation Section, 2014-15, Chair)
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Economic Council, Board of Directors & Treasurer

Articles & Publications

  • Professionalism Orientation Materials, Mississippi State Bar, 2009-present
  • "A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Mississippi," Mississippi State Bar, 1993
  • "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law," The Mississippi Lawyer (July/August 2000)

Presentations

  • Constitution Day, 2014-2016, Forest Hill High School A.P. Government Class
  • "The Best of Legal Writing," video, first year students at Mississippi College School of Law
  • "Lawyer as a Community Leader," 2013-2015, Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Leadership Program
  • Habitat Women Build: April 1, 2015, WLEZ Radio; April 7, 2015, WLBT TV
  • "How MS Government Really Works" with Jere Nash and Andy Taggart, 2012-2016, MEC Leadership MS
  • "Mediation: For the Defense," 2015 Evelyn Gandy Seminar, MS State Bar
  • "Moving Forward: Using the Political Process," with J. Nash, A. Taggart, B. Jones and R. Staples, January 27, 2015, MS Nurses Association Statewide Nursing Summit
  • "In Legal Terms: Jury Service," December 9, 2014, MS Public Broadcasting

Seminars

  • "How Jurors Make Decisions," Focus on The Jury, MSB Litigation Section, June 2011
  • "Extraordinary In-House/Outside Counsel Relationships," Bar of the City of New York, September 2010
  • Deposition Bootcamp, Pfizer & Kaye Scholer, NYC, January 2011
  • Deposition Academy, 2015 & 2017, MS State Bar
  • Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial, Aug. 2016, American Bar Assoc. webinar
  • Health Care Law Update, May 2017, MS State Bar

Education

Juris Doctor: University of Virginia School of Law, 1985

Bachelor's Degree: Politics, Wake Forest University, 1979