MOBILE, Alabama — Mississippi law firm Watkins, Ludlam, Winter Stennis will become part of New Orleans law firm Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere Denegre by January, officials announced today.
The combined firm will have more than 375 attorneys, adding 67 new attorneys, one government relations specialist and three Mississippi offices in Jackson, Gulfport and Olive Branch to the Jones Walker firm.
The move was approved by shareholders of both groups this month.
Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter said his firm, which was founded in 1905, is excited to join Jones Walker, a respected organization in the Gulf of Mexico region. Watkins Ludlam is known for working with Fortune 500 companies to defend complex lawsuits.
“This transaction adds depth and expands the practices that we are able to offer to our clients,” Winter said in a news release. “Together, our two firms strengthen our capabilities across the region and throughout the Southern United States. The combination of the two firms fits well with both firms’ strategic business objectives and allows us to offer services in additional states and in Washington, D.C.”
Jones Walker has a large presence in Mobile. In 2008, the firm absorbed most of the lawyers from the Mobile firm of Miller, Hamilton, Snider Odom LLC.
The law firm will continue under the name of Jones Walker, led by William H. Hines as Managing Partner. After the merger is completed, Jones Walker will have 15 offices in six states and the District of Columbia.
“The firm is well recognized for serving clients in the corporate, banking, construction, financial services, gaming, government relations, public finance, tax, and real estate sectors with the utmost integrity and legal talent,” Hines said. “This expansion for Jones Walker into Mississippi and the addition of the above-referenced capabilities in the Mississippi market offers a wider range of services to our client base. Many Jones Walker clients have business interests in the Mississippi market and across the Gulf South, and we can service them more efficiently with a larger footprint.”