Michael W. Ulmer


Michael W. Ulmer has the distinction of being inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers at the age of 42; has been listed by Best Lawyers® for more than 20 years in one or all of the following categories:  Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.  He was named by Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of the Year 2011 (Mass Tort Litigation, Jackson, Mississippi), named by Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of the Year 2013 (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Jackson, Mississippi) and by Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Jackson, Mississippi).  He has tried one or more cases in 34 of Mississippi's 82 counties, tried cases in all divisions of the Federal District Court for the Southern and Northern District of Mississippi, and has tried MDL cases in other jurisdictions.  His cases of note include Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell v. Seay, 42 So. 3d 474 (Miss. 2010), Hewes v. Langston, 853 So. 2d 1237 (Miss. 2003), Lincoln Electric Co. v. McLemore, 54 So. 3d 833 (Miss. 2010), Ford Motor Co. v. James Johnson, 988 F. 2d 573 (5th Cir. 1993) and Nunnally v. R. J. Tobacco Co., 869 So. 2d 373 (Miss. 2004).

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1948
Email: mulmer@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas

Automotive Industrial Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Product Liability
Professional Liability (Non-Medical)
Tort and General Litigation
Toxic Tort and Chemical and Environmental Exposure

Bachelor's Degree: University of Mississippi, 1973
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law with honors, 1976

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Legal Experience

  • Admitted to Mississippi Bar, 1976
  • Watkins & Eager 1976 to date


  • Litigation, product liability defense as primary counsel in cases ranging from automotive, heavy equipment, tires, football helmets, tobacco, welding, and various other commercial and business litigation for the defense

Professional Activities

  • The Mississippi Bar; Litigation/General Practice Section, Co-Chair and Chair, 1988-1990; Professionalism Committee, Co-Chair and Chair, 1994-1996 (Co-Edited the Mississippi Bar's Professionalism Handbook)
  • Frequent speaker at Mississippi Bar Summer School for Lawyers on product liability, attorney malpractice, trial practice and professionalism
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, Member, 2003-2006

Court Admissions

  • All Mississippi state and federal courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; Co-Chair and Chair, 2004-2008 State Committee of Mississippi Fellows of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star, 2016-2017
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2011, Mass Tort Litigation, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2013, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2014, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years in one or all of the following categories:  Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Listed in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2002-2017, Litigation
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers®, 2006-2017, Personal Injury Defense: Products (Top 50)
  • Mississippi Business Journal's Top 50 Leadership in Law Class of 2010
  • Listed 2006-2012 Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigation
  • Listed The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers 2013
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow; Board of Trustees, 2006-2009