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J. William Manuel


Will Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in both Mississippi and other jurisdictions.

Will's clients include numerous manufacturers and commercial interests as well as various insurance and financial services companies. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Will also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. Will's focus is on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial.


Will handles commercial, products liability and employment discrimination cases in forums in both Mississippi and across the country. He has represented companies in varying industries including manufacturers, financial services, and nationwide retailers.


  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation
    • "Litigation Star," Mississippi, 2014-2016
    • "Future Star," Mississippi, 2013
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2010-2016
    • Litigation-Environmental, 2011-2016
    • Mass Tort Litigation, 2007-2010
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, 2011-2016
  • Listed in Chambers USA
    • Litigation: General Commercial, 2007-2015
    • Litigation: General Commercial, Up and Coming, 2007-2008
    • Labor & Employment, 2015
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2011-2015
  • American Bar Foundation (ABF), Fellow

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Capital Area Bar Association, Director, 2014 – 2016 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2012
  • Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, Board of Directors of the Fellows, 2015
  • President Jackson Young Lawyers, 2003
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer, Stewpot
  • Defense Research Institute

You May Not Know

Will Manuel has run 3 marathons. He also loves playing basketball with his children.