George R. Fair


George R. Fair joined Watkins & Eager in 1974 and has practiced with the firm for the past 42 years.  He has had both a business and a commercial litigation practice. 

His business practice has been primarily in the areas of banking, corporate, regulatory, commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public finance and public utilities.

His commercial litigation practice has been primarily in the areas of banking, fidelity and surety, construction and professional liability and public utilities.  He is admitted to practice before all state and district courts in Mississippi, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.  Cases of note in his litigation practice include:  North Mississippi Savings and Loan Association v. Hudspeth, 756 F.2d,1096 (5th Cir. 1985) cert den., 474 U.S. 1054 (1986); State v. Board of Levee Com'rs for Yazoo Mississippi Delta, 932So.2d 12 (Miss. 2006).

He served as President of the Mississippi Bar in 2009-10.  He also served on the Board of Bar Commissioners in 2004-2007.  He is a Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Mississippi Young Lawyers Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.  In 2010, he received the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project - Pro Bono Volunteer Award.

He has also been recognized by his peers in several legal publications, including the Best Lawyers in America® in banking, regulatory, corporate and commercial law areas (1987-2016), Chambers USA in corporate/commercial areas (2003-2016), Mid-SouthSuper Lawyers® in the banking area (2006-2016), and Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent.  

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1912
Practice Areas
Banking and Financial Institutions
Banking Financial Services and Securities Litigation
Commercial Lending and Finance
Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Consumer Financial Services
Mergers and Acquisitions
Professional Liability (Non-Medical)
Public Finance (Bonds)
Public Utilities

Bachelor's Degree: English, University of Mississippi, 1971
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1973

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Professional Involvement and Honors

  • Mississippi Bar (President 2009-2010)
  • Mississippi Bar (Board of Commissioners 2004-2007)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Association - Pro Bono Volunteer Award
  • Mississippi Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Capital Area Bar Association (past director)
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association (President, 1982)
  • Mississippi Bankers Association - Bank Attorneys Committee (past chairman)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (1987-2018,  (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Utilities Law.)Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate Law, Utilities Law); Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2014 Financial Services Regulation Law; 2015 Administrative/Regulatory Law)
  • Chambers USA (2003-2017, Corporate/Commercial; Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017, Banking; 2012-2013, Top 50 Mississippi)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Law Alumni Chapter of University of Mississippi Alumni Association (past director)
  • Rotary Club of Jackson (past director)
  • Mississippi Museum of Art (past director)
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (trustee; vice chairman)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Session)
  • First Presbyterian Day School (past chairman)
  • Young Life (past committee chairman)