Rebecca Lee Wiggs

Member

Rebecca Lee Wiggs was admitted to the Mississippi Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1985. She is also a member of the North Carolina Bar. Her experience spans from general product liability and medical malpractice to labor and employment, consumer finance, and appellate advocacy. Her cases of note include Shields v. Sturm Ruger, 864 F.2d 379 (5th Cir. 1989); Foster v. Bass, 575 So.2d 967 (Miss. 1990); Dixie Ins. Co. v. Mooneyhan, 684 So.2d 574 (Miss. 1996). Rebecca served on the defense team for successful Baycol litigation, PPA litigation and HRT litigation. Prior to joining Watkins & Eager, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Rebecca completed her mediation training with the American Arbitration Association and Mediation.org.

Presentations

  • Deposition Academy, November 11-12, 2015
  • Constitution Day, September 17, 2015, Forest Hill High School A.P. Government Class
  • Professionalism Orientation, August 18, 2016, entering class at University of Mississippi School of Law
  • "The Best of Legal Writing" August 5, 2015, first year students at Mississippi College School of Law
  • "Lawyer as a Community Leader" May 12, 2015, Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Program
  • Habitat Women Build: April 1, 2015, WLEZ Radio; April 7, 2015, WLBT TV
  • "How MS Government Really Works" with Jere Nash and Andy Taggart, February 4, 2016, MEC Leadership MS
  • "Mediation: For the Defense" 2015 Evelyn Gandy Seminar, February 20, 2015, MS State Bar
  • "Moving Forward: Using the Political Process" with J. Nash, A. Taggart, B. Jones and R. Staples, January 27, 2015, MS Nurses Association Statewide Nursing Summit
  • "In Legal Terms: Jury Service" December 9, 2014, MS Public Broadcasting

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1939
Email: rwiggs@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Employment and Labor Litigation
Healthcare Litigation
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Tort and General Litigation
Education

Bachelor's Degree: Politics, Wake Forest University, 1979
Juris Doctor: University of Virginia School of Law, 1985

Print Bio as PDF

 

Honors

  • 50 Leading Business Women, Mississippi Business Journal, 2015
  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016, 2017
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star, 2017
  • Boss of the Year, Jackson Legal Secretaries Association (1989-1990)
  • Lawyer Citizenship Award, Mississippi State Bar, 2012
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2014-2017, Personal Injury Products: Defense)
  • PORTICO Legacy Lawyers, Class of 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬« (2014 - 2018, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, 2016 

Publications

  • "A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Mississippi," Mississippi State Bar
  • "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law," The Mississippi Lawyer (July/August 2000)

Professional And Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Bencher, Charles Clark Inns of Court
  • Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University Divinity School
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi, Founder, Executive Committee
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Governing Board, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Leadership Mississippi, Class of 1995
  • The Mississippi Bar; Commissioner, (2014-2017); Chair, Litigation Section (2014-2015)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Economic Council, Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Mississippi Economic Council, Public Education Forum of Mississippi, Treasurer
  • M.B. Swayze Foundation, Mississippi Economic Council, Chair (2013-2015), Treasurer

Seminars

  • "How Jurors Make Decisions", Focus on The Jury, MSB Litigation Section, June 2011
  • "Extraordinary In-House/Outside Counsel Relationships", Bar of the City of New York, Sept. 2010
  • Deposition Bootcamp, Pfizer & Kaye Scholer, NYC, Jan.2011