Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, has announced that Ben Watson and Ryan Beckett were elected officers of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association – the professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges involved in federal practice. Watson will serve as president and Beckett as secretary.
Watson is a member of Butler Snow’s Commercial Litigation Group, and Beckett is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Industry Group. Both attorneys are located in Butler Snow’s Ridgeland office.
Watson served the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as secretary in 2007, treasurer in 2008 and vice president in 2009. He was selected as a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Mississippi and is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. Recently, Watson was named to the Mid-South Rising Stars(r) for business litigation.
Watson earned a bachelor of arts in history and a bachelor of business administration in accounting, magna cum laude, from Millsaps College as well as a juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi.
Beckett serves as chair of the Defense Research Institute’s antitrust committee and as a member of the steering committee of the Defense Research Institute’s commercial litigation committee. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Antitrust, the Mississippi Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. Recently, Beckett was named to the Mid-South Rising Stars(r) for business litigation and was awarded the 2009 Pro Bono Award by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Mississippi Bar Association.
Beckett earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Millsaps College, summa cum laude, and a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
In a separate item, nine Butler Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, attorneys have been included in the Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers 2009. The honorees are: Robert C. Galloway (Gulfport office), Personal Injury Defense: Products; Phil B. Abernethy (Ridgeland office), Construction Litigation; Don B. Cannada (Ridgeland office), Real Estate; John C. Henegan (Ridgeland office), Business Litigation; Christy D. Jones (Ridgeland office), Personal Injury Defense: Product; Stephen W. Rosenblatt (Ridgeland office), Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Right; Lee Davis Thames (Ridgeland office), Personal Injury Defense: General; James B. Tucker (Ridgeland office), Criminal Defense: White Collar; and, Jeffrey A. Walker (Ridgeland office), Employment & Labor.
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