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