John B. Howell III


John Howell was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2007 and the Tennessee Bar in 2011. His areas of practice include commercial litigation, employment and labor litigation, tort and general litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, health care, appellate advocacy, and banking, financial services, and securities litigation.

Before joining Watkins & Eager, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel A. Manion, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2008-10), and the Honorable David C. Bramlette, III, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (2007-08).  During law school, John served as Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review.


Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1848
Practice Areas
Appellate Advocacy
Banking, Financial Services, and Securities Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Employment and Labor
Employment and Labor Litigation
Health Care
Medical Malpractice and Health Care
Product Liability
Tort and General Litigation

Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, summa cum laude, 2007
Master's Degree: Counseling Psychology, Mississippi College, summa cum laude, 2003
Bachelor's Degree: History and Christian Studies/Philosophy, Mississippi College, summa cum laude, 2000

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Representative Appellate Cases

  • Carr v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 665 F. App'x 335 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Jones v. MEA, Inc., 160 So. 3d 241 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • In re Tillman, 574 F. App'x 382 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Lewis v. Forest Family Practice Clinic, PA, 124 So. 3d 654 (Miss 2013)
  • Carter v. Reddix, 115 So. 3d 851 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Miss. Crime Lab. v. Douglas, 70 So. 3d 196 (Miss. 2011)


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers - Mid South Rising Stars (2014-17, Civil Litigation: Defense)
  • 13 American Jurisprudence Awards
  • Mississippi College Law Review, Editor-in-Chief (2006-07)
  • Hearin-Hess Scholar


  • Remand and Appellate Review When a District Court Declines to Exercise Supplemental Jurisdiction Under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c), 81 TEMPLE L. REV. 1067 (2009) (with Deborah J. Challener).
  • Remand and Appellate Review Issues Facing the Supreme Court in Carlsbad Technology, Inc. v. HIF Bio, Inc., 103 NW. U. L. REV. COLLOQUY 481 (2009), (with Deborah J. Challener).

Professional And Community Involvement

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
  • American Inns of Court - Charles Clark Inn (2011-13)
  • First Presbyterian Church