Walter J. Brand


Walter J. Brand heads the Employment and Labor Practice Group at Watkins & Eager PLLC, where he has defended employment litigation for more than 25 years.  Walter approaches his practice with the view that successful defense of employment claims begins long before a lawsuit is filed and turns upon several separate processes: fair, accurate and documented handling of personnel actions based on updated employer policies; cogent explanation of employer action before administrative agencies which is consistent with documented employer business decisions; and nuanced discovery, evidentiary and legal strategies designed to efficiently position cases for successful resolution by motion or trial.

Walter represents employers across numerous economic sectors, including in the automotive, poultry processing, propane, banking, financial, physician, hospital and medical service industries. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and is consistently recognized in the area of employment litigation defense in Best Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, and Super Lawyers.  He is a member of the American Employment Law Council and regularly serves as an instructor and contributing author on human resources administration and employment litigation topics before legal education and industry audiences. 


Windham vs. Sanderson Farms, Inc., Doug McCloud, et al.; In the Circuit Court of Covington County, Mississippi; Civil Action No. 2016-153 C-2 (October 31, 2017) (summary judgment granted for all defendants in action asserting wrongful termination, infliction of emotional distress, malicious interference with employment relations, and negligent supervision claims)

Simpson, et al. v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., et al., 744 F.3d 702 (11th Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal with prejudice of putative class action for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted)

Crown v. Nissan North America, Inc., 634 F. Supp. 2d 688 (S.D. Miss. 2009) (summary judgment granted in FMLA action)

Stafford v. True Temper Sports, 1997 WL 88250 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 19, 1997) aff'd, 123 F.3d 291 (5th Cir. 1997) (summary judgment granted in ERISA retaliation action)

McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, 877 F. Supp. 321, 323 (S.D. Miss. 1995) aff'd sub nom. McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist, 74 F.3d 1238 (5th Cir. 1995) (defense judgment following trial of ADA action)

Dobson v. Minact Logistical Services, LLC and Nissan North America, Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division; Civil Action No. 3:17-CV-00406-CWR-LRA (November 13, 2017) (Rule 12(b)(6) motion granted in ADA and Title VII action)

Pace v. Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division; Civil Action No. 3:17-CV-00009-CWR-LRA (March 7, 2018) (summary judgment granted in ADA discrimination action) MORE CASES


Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1863
Practice Areas
Complex and Individual Employment Litigation Defense and Related Adminstrative Practice:
Employment Discrimination
Wrongful Discharge
Wage and Hour
Work Authorization
Restrictive Covenant

B.B.A., University of Mississippi, 1984
J.D., cum laude, University of Mississippi School of Law, 1987

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  • B.B.A,. University of Mississippi, 1984
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Mississippi School of Law, 1987
  • Mississippi Law Journal, Research Editor, 1986; Editor-in-Chief, 1986-1987


  • Admitted to Mississippi Bar, 1987
  • Watkins & Eager since 1992


  • Employment and Labor Law on Behalf of Management.


  • American Employment Law Council, 2009 - Present, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, 1997-2008; 1999 Joint Monograph Subcommittee Chair (EPLI); Regional Newsletter Editor, Member
  • Mississippi Contributor for Practical Law
  • The Mississippi Bar


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


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2006-2017 Employment Litigation: Defense)
  • Listed in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business,  Employment Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016-2017, Employment Law - Management)