The Watkins & Eager insurance team has represented and advised insurance companies and their clients for over 100 years. Our expertise in this practice area has earned us the distinction of being ranked first in Mississippi for insurance law by the Best Lawyers in America.
Our legal services include matters arising from insurance policies covering property, life, health, accident, employment, professional liability and construction, as well as various forms of property and casualty insurance. Our insurance carrier clients include companies that provide highly sophisticated liability coverage for businesses. Those carriers retain us to defend their insured clients or to advise them regarding complex coverage matters.
Overall, our insurance experience is broad, ranging from disputes over liability for policy proceeds, surety, fidelity and "bad faith" allegations to more complex matters involving insurance sales practices, suitability of annuity products, negligent underwriting claims and regulatory matters. When it comes to disability insurance, our team does extensive work with ERISA claims. When appropriate, our insurance litigation lawyers work together with those practicing in other areas to achieve the best solution.
Watkins & Eager's insurance work also involves the direct representation of insurance companies, agents and agencies providing counseling and legal services in a wide array of areas other than coverage and defense of their clients. The firm also represents insurance companies and their related financial services divisions in investigations and claims arising from industry practices, claims handling, underwriting and inter-insurance disputes.