Walter J. Brand

Walter J. Brand: Attorney with Watkins & Eager
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  • The Emporium Building, 400 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201
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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.


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


•Employment and Labor Law on Behalf of Management.


•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)

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Complex and Individual Employment Litigation Defense and Related Adminstrative Practice:
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Harrassment
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • FMLA
  • ADA
  • Wage and Hour
  • Work Authorization
  • Restrictive Covenant

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601.965.1863  Phone
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Year of First admission:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; All Mississippi state and federal courts; United States Supreme Court

Professional Activities

•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

Birth Information:
Jackson, Mississippi, 1963
Reported Cases:
REPRESENTATIVE CASES: 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)
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