W. Lee Watt
Lee Watt is a native of Batesville, MS. He practiced law on the Mississippi Gulf Coast until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina caused his relocation to the Jackson metro area.
Lee has tried over 100 cases, mostly jury cases, in state and federal courts across Mississippi. These cases involve banking, corporate, product liability, real estate, probate, construction and employment matters. His clients include both leading national manufacturers as well as local small businesses, governmental entities, health care professionals and financial institutions.
Lee enjoys helping businesses and ministries grow and become better managers of their human and financial resources. Lee also enjoys helping retirement aged persons deal with estate, trust and real estate issues.
Lee is an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law where he teaches Law Office Management.
J.D., University of Mississippi, 1983
B.ACCY., Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1981
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
- Successfully defended manufacturers and distributors in asbestos litigation since 1990.
- Successfully defended product liability, premises, Title VII, bad faith and ERISA claims in state and federal courts.
- Represented industrial clients in litigation and governmental affairs for environmental permitting matters and remediation efforts.
- Served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 eminent cases for pipeline projects covering over 200 miles in Mississippi.
- Represented manufacturers and energy companies in mass tort and class actions.
- Successfully defended numerous trucking cases in arbitration and state and federal courts.
- Served as lead trial counsel in numerous annexation cases.
- Successfully prosecuted and defended numerous shareholder and D&O cases involving freeze-out, fraud and corporate mismanagement claims in state and federal courts.
- Obtained favorable verdicts in prosecution and defense of construction claims in state and federal courts.
- Negotiated sales and acquisitions of numerous small business ventures (annual revenue of $5,000,000 to $20,000,000).
- Represented various city and county governmental entities, including police, fire and utility districts.
- Representation of local governmental entities, including fire, utility and school districts and governmental relations for tax incentives, permitting and litigation matters.
- Mergers & acquisitions, shareholder rights and business origination.
- Economic development initiatives.
- The Mississippi Bar, Ethics & Court Liaison and Judicial Administration Committees
- Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Jackson County Port Authority, Commissioner, governor appointee
- Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, Law Office Management, 2010 through present
- Deposition Academy, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, February 27, 2015
- Mississippi College School of Law, Judge, Appellate Mock Court Competition, 2011 - 2015
- Trial Academy, Effective Voir Dire, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, March 21, 2014
- Mississippi Bar Association, Judge, Mississippi High School Mock Trial Competition, 2012-2014
- Deposition Academy, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, March 2, 2013
- University of Mississippi School of Law, Confidentiality Agreements, Fall 2012