James J. Crongeyer, Jr.


Jim Crongeyer is the Managing Member of Watkins & Eager and has served in this capacity since 2008. He began the practice of law in Florida in 1995 after graduating cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Mississippi (1997), Alabama (1996) and Florida (1995), and has actively practiced in all three states.

Jim has significant litigation and trial experience across multiple jurisdictions (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Jersey, and Ohio among others) in general product liability litigation, mass tort, complex litigation and construction defect areas. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts in Mississippi and other states. He has served as counsel in cases for football helmet manufacturers, current and former manufacturers of welding products, automobile and tire manufacturers, pipeline equipment manufacturers and numerous other industrial and consumer product manufacturers. He has handled and tried commercial and residential construction defect cases in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. Further, Jim is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been acknowledged as a member of Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2018); Litigation - Construction (2018); Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2010-2018); and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2010-2018), as well as by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2016, Products Liability: Defense).  Jim also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Jim is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama and the Northern District of Florida.

Jim served as a First Lieutenant in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1987-1994, and he is currently a member of several civic and professional organizations.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1864
Email: jcrongeyer@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Automotive Industrial Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
Construction Litigation
Emergency Management and Response
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Product Liability
Tort and General Litigation
Toxic Tort and Chemical and Environmental Exposure

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, University of Mississippi, 1991
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1995, cum laude

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Court Admissions:

  • All Mississippi state and federal courts
  • All Alabama state and federal courts
  • All Florida state courts and federal court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2017, Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬«  in Commercial Litigation (2018); Litigation - Construction (2018); Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2010-2018); and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2010-2018)

Professional And Community Involvement:

  • American Bar Association (Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Construction Litigation Committee)
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability and Construction Law Committees)
  • Mississippi Army National Guard