M. Binford Williams, Jr.


M. Binford (Ben) Williams, Jr., has over thirty years of experience in large, complex commercial transactions.  Ben's practice is fast-paced and, on a regular basis, includes nuanced structures, innovative financing alternatives with his lender and borrower clients alike, and acquisitions and mergers of businesses. His work includes significant representation of lenders in commercial loans (C&I, real estate, bonds, interest rate swaps), developers in the development, construction, and operations of complex real estate projects (apartment complexes, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers), and corporations in acquisition of subsidiaries and properties. He serves as outside general counsel for several corporations in various industries.  

He is listed in Best Lawyers In America® and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.   He has been selected as a Lawyer of the Year in multiple areas including Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Project Finance, and Commercial Finance Law.

Ben has practiced at Watkins & Eager since graduating from law school in 1986. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the firm's Executive Committee and a co-practice leader of the Commercial Lending and Finance Practice Group. Along with Molly Jeffcoat Moody, Ben is a co-author of Commercial Finance 701, a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  The series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys.  Ben served as the firm's Managing Member from 2003 - 2015


Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1968
Email: bwilliams@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas

Banking and Financial Institutions
Commercial Lending and Finance
Economic Development and Governmental Incentives
Mergers and Acquisitions
Multifamily Finance
Native American (Tribal) Law
Public Finance (Bonds)
Real Estate
Tax Credits

Bachelor's Degree: Business, University of Mississippi, 1982
Master's Degree: Business Administration, University of Mississippi, 1983
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1986

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  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate (2007-2017)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2006, 2011 - 2013, 2017 Banking)
  • Mississippi Young Lawyers, Fellow
  • Mississippi Outstanding Young Lawyer (1995)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2018, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2017) Mergers & Acquisitions; (2016, 2018) Project Finance Law; (2014) Commercial Finance Law
  • James O. Eastland Scholarship in Law (1983-1986)
  • University of Mississippi Graduate Fellowship (1982-1983)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Wall Street Journal Award
  • Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship
  • L.L. Bethay Scholarship
  • Forrest C. Mobley Scholarship
  • Taylor Citation
  • Clant M. Seay Scholarship
  • Taylor Medal


Professional And Community Involvement

  • Jackson Young Lawyers, President (1994)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Parkway Hills United Methodist Church
  • The Mississippi Bar