Waverly A. Harkins


Waverly A. Harkins joined Watkins & Eager in 2017 after serving for several years as Special Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Mississippi Development Authority. Throughout her time as counsel for the state's lead economic and community development agency, Waverly represented the State of Mississippi in negotiations related to numerous large business location and expansion projects.  Her representation included negotiating, drafting and reviewing complex economic development inducement agreements, memoranda of understanding, loan and grant agreements, fee-in-lieu of taxes agreements, tax incentive program agreements, and various other legal instruments required to bring economic development projects to fruition in the state.  She also assisted in drafting program guidelines, and advised MDA leadership on the myriad of legal issues related to the economic and community development process.  Through her role as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, she has written attorney general opinions providing guidance to both state and local entities on issues that arise during the business location or expansion process.  

Waverly is admitted to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana.  She practiced general litigation for four years prior to beginning her work with MDA.  Waverly now provides Watkins & Eager's clients with guidance on public financing, tax incentives, and assistance with economic development projects. 

Court Admissions

  • All Mississippi state and federal courts
  • All Louisiana state courts
  • All Tennessee state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1964
Email: wharkins@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Commercial Lending and Finance
Economic Development and Governmental Incentives
Public Finance (Bonds)

Bachelor of Arts University of Mississippi, summa cum laude, 2003

Study Abroad Program: Downing College, Cambridge University

Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, cum laude,  2006

Print Bio as PDF



  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Outstanding Student Award - Federal habeas corpus

Professional Organizations

  • Christian Legal Society
  • The Mississippi Bar