James M. Tyrone


James M. "Matt" Tyrone was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006.  His litigation practice is primarily devoted to products liability cases, catastrophic commercial or industrial accident cases, and attorney malpractice litigation for both the plaintiff and defense bar.  Over multiple jurisdictions, Matt has represented clients in lawsuits concerning a variety of different commercial and consumer products, including manufacturers of pipeline filtration equipment, welding consumables, tobacco, and others.  Matt has also represented numerous clients throughout Mississippi and other states in catastrophic commercial or industrial accidents, such as serious burn cases, pipeline accidents and explosions, and lead exposure cases.  This practice often requires immediate, on-the-ground response to catastrophic events, accidents, or claims, and in assisting clients through the various related issues, such as government and agency investigations by OSHA, the Chemical Safety Board, EPA and other agencies, in-house accident investigations, and navigating insurance coverage disputes attendant to such accidents.

Additionally, Matt is a member of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group, and he is a panel defense counsel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  He has served as lead counsel in dozens of Federal felony prosecutions for a variety of purported criminal violations, including alleged mail and wire fraud, money laundry, mortgage fraud, Federal False Claims (such as Small Business Administration, FEMA, Medicare, etc.).  Many of these representations have resulted in lessened or dismissed charges, including acquittal in a multi-week Federal criminal trial.  In addition, Matt serves select clients in Mississippi state courts and has obtained numerous acquittals and dismissals.  Further, Matt has defended corporate clients in the closely-related civil area of False Claims Act litigation (commonly known as Qui Tam suits), including representation of clients in cases involving putative claims exceeding $100 million.

Prior to joining Watkins & Eager PLLC, Matt served as law clerk to the Honorable David C. Bramlette, III, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (2006-2007).  He is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Mississippi, and he has been admitted pro hac vice in several other jurisdictions.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1906
Email: mtyrone@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Emergency Management and Response
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas Litigation
Product Liability
Professional Liability (Non-Medical)
Tort and General Litigation
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations

Bachelor's Degree: Banking and Finance, University of Southern Mississippi, Highest Honors, 2003
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, summa cum laude, 2006

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  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation's Under 40 Hot List August, 2016
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2012-2016, General Litigation)
  • Mississippi Law Journal, Executive Articles Editor
  • Hinds County Special Prosecutor Pro Tempore

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Gun Law CLE Lecturer and guest speaker on gun law topics
  • Presentations regarding Legal Malpractice in Mississippi: Causes of Action and Defenses, given to the 2012 and 2015 Mississippi Summer School for Lawyers, the Spring 2013 University of Mississippi School of Law, and the Winter 2013 Mississippi Access for Justice's Mid-Year Convention
  • Roundtable Discussion at Mississippi Manufacturers Association's 2013 Environmental & Safety Conference:  Emergency Response & Agency Investigations
  • Co-author, "DRI's Product Liability Case Law Update 2011 - Fifth Circuit," presented at the 2011 DRI Products Liability Conference
  • Circuit Court Venue in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Actions, 31 Mississippi Defense Quarterly 11 (Spring 2007)
  • Co-author, "The 'Home Grown' Presidency: Empirical Evidence on Localism in Presidential Elections 1972-2000," 36 Applied Economics 1745 (2004)
  • Co-author, "Politics and the Adoption of Legislative Television: An analysis of the U.S. House Vote on C-Span," 16 European Journal of Law and Economics 345 (2003)
  • Performed study and report with recommendations on jury selections plans of the various district courts within the Fifth Circuit; presented to the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council in May 2007 by the Honorable David C. Bramlette III, United States District Judge

Professional And Community Involvement

  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Jackson Young Lawyers
  • Trial Attorneys of America, Member