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Since joining Watkins & Eager in 1991, Walter's practice has included both federal and state court litigation in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, medical malpractice, general product liability, and personal injury.  Walter has served as lead trial counsel in numerous product liability and medical malpractice cases in both state and federal courts, and has tried multiple cases to verdict.  Walter chairs the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Walter is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.  He is also a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Walter has been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. Walter served as faculty at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop in 2012 and the International Academy of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in 2014.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2016-17, Products Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007-16, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016 & 2018, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants)
  • The International Who's Who of Product Defense Lawyers

Community & Professional

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute (Drug and Medical Device Committee)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Other Activities

  • Pfizer Legal Alliance, Member

Education

Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, 1990

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, Tougaloo College, 1984

University of Mississippi Medical Center:  School of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine Technology (1976-79)