There have been rumors swirling for months that Jackson based Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis will merge with the New Orleans based Jones Walker firm. This would add to Jones Walker’s presence as a regional firm.
Virtually every Mississippi lawyer who I have talked to this week wants to talk about this rumor. Word is that the merger is taking place and most Watkins Ludlam lawyers will be a part of Jones Walker going forward. It sounds like Watkins Ludlam—one of Mississippi’s venerable law firms—will no longer exist.
I am hearing that more than a few Watkins Ludlam lawyers will not be joining Jones Walker.
There have also been a lot of rumors about Brunini merging with Baker Donelson. I am hearing that there is no truth to that rumor.