Peyton D. Prospere

Member

Peyton Prospere has been engaged in the area of public law and finance for thirty-three years. This experience includes the discharge of responsibilities at the highest levels in state government as State Treasurer, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Ronnie Musgrove, and as General Counsel to the Mississippi Development Authority.  As State Treasurer, Peyton supervised the issuance in 2003 of $363 million of State bonds representing the State incentive package for the Nissan manufacturing facility; this was the first State of Mississippi bond issue involving variable rate debt.

With over twenty years in private practice, Peyton has represented a variety of public entities, state, county and local, and participated in numerous public finance transactions, as bond counsel, issuer's counsel, underwriter's counsel and counsel to the trustee.  Additionally, Peyton has advised private sector clients on business formation issues and completed private placement offerings on their behalf.

Peyton is currently serving as the Honorary Consul for Germany in Mississippi for which he was appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany; in this capacity, Peyton attends to consular services and duties in Mississippi, reporting to the German Consul General in Atlanta.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1880
Email: pprospere@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas

Corporate
Economic Development and Governmental Incentives
Gaming
Government Relations
Public Finance (Bonds)
Education

B.A., Davidson College, 1975
J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 1978
Mississippi Law Journal, Member
Honor Council, Chairman

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Education

  • B.A., Davidson College, 1975
  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 1978
  • Mississippi Law Journal, Member
  • Honor Council, Chairman

Legal Experience

  • Admitted to Mississippi bar, 1979
  • Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, 1979-1984
  • State of Mississippi, Assistant Secretary of State, Director of Securities Division, 1984-1989
  • Mississippi Development Authority, General Counsel, 1989-1992
  • Maxey Wann Begley & Fyke, 1993-2000
  • State of Mississippi, Office of Governor, Chief Legal Counsel, 2000-2003
  • State of Mississippi, Treasurer, 2003-2004
  • City of Jackson, Department of Administration, Director, 2005-2007
  • Watkins & Eager since 2007

Concentration

  • Public law and finance

Professional Activities

  • Capitol Area Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008 - 2011
  • Jackson Young Lawyers, President, 1984-1985
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Adjunct Professor, International Law, 1993
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • The Mississippi Bar, Board of Commissioners, 1986-1989; Young Lawyers Division, Secretary, 1987-1988; Board of Directors, 1983-1985

Court Admissions

  • All Mississippi state and federal courts

Distinctions

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Language: German

Community Service

  • International Ballet Competition; Board of Directors
  • Bookfriends, the University Press of Mississippi; Board of Directors
  • Mississippi Humanities Council; Council Member
  • American Council on Germany