Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis merging with Louisiana firm

William H. Hines, Managing Partner of the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P, and Dennis W. Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the law firm of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., today announced plans to combine firms.

The combination, approved by the shareholders of Watkins Ludlam and the Jones Walker partnership this month, is to be effective on or before Jan. 1, 2012. The combined firm will have more than 375 attorneys and adds 67 new attorneys, a government relations specialist and three Mississippi offices in Jackson, Gulfport, and Olive Branch to the Jones Walker firm.

Hines said, “The Watkins Ludlam firm, founded in 1905, has a long and impressive record of sophisticated legal service to and deep community involvement in the State of Mississippi, as well as the prestige of having former governor William F. Winter as a member.

"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. 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.”

Winter said, “We are excited to join such a well-respected firm in the Gulf South region. This transaction adds depth and expands the practices that we are able to offer to our clients. 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.”

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