Steve Orlansky has practiced with Watkins & Eager since graduating from Ole Miss Law School in 1980.  Early in his career, he concentrated on insurance and product liability cases, trying more than twenty cases to verdict in Mississippi state and federal courts.  More recently, he has had extensive experience in mass tort litigation, primarily involving pharmaceutical products, while maintaining a broader practice in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and insurance coverage issues. Additionally, Steve is a trained mediator available to help resolve all types of civil disputes.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award (2014)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Mississippi Bar Pro Bono Publico Award (1989)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation-Municipal; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year (2022, Insurance Law)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Class Action and Mass Torts)

Community & Professional

  • Beth Israel Congregation (2006–08, President)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi (2007–present, Board of Directors)
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Central Mississippi Legal Services (1994–2004, Board of Directors)
  • Community Foundation for Mississippi (Grants Committee)
  • Mississippi Equal Justice Foundation (2004–06, Chairman)
  • Rotary Club of North Jackson
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp (1987–91, Chairman)


Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1980

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, Louisiana State University, 1977