Robert B. Ireland, III was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2002 and is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Robert has handled and assisted with all aspects of a wide variety of litigated matters, through trial and appeal, in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.  He has also appeared before municipal and county authorities on numerous zoning related matters. Robert has extensive litigation experience in the areas of product liability, trucking, employment discrimination (Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA), construction, zoning, and landlord/tenant, and also handles other general and commercial litigation matters.  Working with apartment and other property owners, Robert has devoted significant attention to accessibility issues under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including both physical barriers as well as emotional support animals and service animals.  He has also helped both educational institutions and individuals address sexual misconduct issues governed by Title IX.  Before joining Watkins & Eager in 2003, Robert served as law clerk for United States District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn, Northern District of Alabama.  He is also a proud former member of the University of Alabama golf team. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2018-24, Commercial Litigation; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Land Use and Zoning; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year (2022 & 2024, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-17, General Litigation; 2011–12, Rising Star, General Litigation)
  • Mississippi Law Journal, Executive Editor

Community & Professional

  • Mississippi Apartment Association, Governmental Affairs Committee Member
  • Vice Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Articles & Publications

  • Modified Joint and Several Liability in Mississippi: The Absent Settling Tortfeasor and the Immune Employer, 70 Miss. L.J. 821 (2000)


Feb. 2018 "Handling Requests to Live with Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals Under the FHA and ADA"


Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, cum laude, 2002

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, University of Alabama, 1999