Walter T. Johnson


Since joining Watkins & Eager in 1991, Walter's practice has included both federal and state court litigation in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, medical malpractice, general product liability, and personal injury.  Walter has served as lead trial counsel in numerous product liability and medical malpractice cases in both state and federal courts and has tried multiple cases to verdict.  Walter chairs the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Walter is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.  He is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Walter has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. Walter served as faculty at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop in 2012 and served as faculty at the International Academy of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in 2014.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1846
Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Healthcare Litigation
Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Product Liability
Tort and General Litigation
Toxic Tort and Chemical and Environmental Exposure
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations

Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, 1990
Bachelor's Degree: Political Science, Tougaloo College, 1984
University of Mississippi Medical Center:  School of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine Technology (1976-79)

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  • AV Preeminent┬« Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2016-2017, Products Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007-2016, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬« (Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America┬«, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016 - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants) 
  • The International Who's Who of Product Defense Lawyer

Professional Involvement

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member of International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Member of Defense Research Institute (DRI) and its Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Member of The Mississippi Bar
  • Member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Other Activities

  • Pfizer PLA Member
Chambers USA Best Lawyers Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource