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John Gordon Corlew

John Gordon Corlew, American Lawyer ( law: pract. & administration)Product liabilityCorporate, generalCivil litigation, generallawyer.


Corlew, John Gordon was born on July 13, 1943 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, United States. Son of Emmett Atkins and Margaret Elizabeth (Swann) Corlew.


University of Mississippi (Bachelor of Arts, 1965). Vanderbilt University (Juris Doctor, 1968).


Worked at Watkins & Eager (Jackson, Mississippi) specializing in General Civil Practice before all State and Federal Courts. Corporation, Banking, Bonds, Oil and Gas, Probate, Real Estate, Admiralty, Insurance and Tax Law. Admitted to the bar, 1968, Mississippi.

Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi. Omicron Delta Kappa. Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1967-1968. Member: Mississippi State Senate, 1974-1980.

Member: Hinds County, Federal and American Bar Associations. Mississippi State Bar. Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation. History: Watkins & Eager is a full service, diversified law firm. Its proud heritage began in 1895 when William Hamilton Watkins became the twentieth lawyer at the Jackson bar.

The influential career of Will Watkins spanned sixty-four years during which he argued over twenty-five cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Pat H. Eager, Junior joined Will Watkins in 1916 and practiced with the firm until his death in 1970. Pat Eager was recognized as a premier trial lawyer who served as president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1943-1944) and who was Mississippi's initial invitee into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

For several decades the image of the firm was heavily influenced by two of Will Watkins' children. Elizabeth Watkins Hulen, an outstanding appellate advocate, was the first woman in Mississippi history to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States. Thomas H. Watkins earned a national reputation in the representation of corporate and governmental clients.

Many others have contributed and continue to contribute to the growth and progress of the firm that now enjoys an extensive corporate and business practice in addition to its broad trial and appellate practice.


God wants to see people productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.


Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs that depend on each other, so members of a Christian society should be close and caring enough to feel each other's pain and delight.


Member Mississippi State Senate, 1974-1980, chairman appropriations committee, 1979, chairman constitution committee, 1975-1979, chairman legislation audit committee, 1978. Chairman Mississippi State Board Public Welfare, 1980-1984. Member American Bar Association, American College Trial Lawyers, American Board Trial Advocates, Mississippi Bar Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Foundation, Order of Coif, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Elizabeth Lee Scott, July 8, 1967. Children: John Scott, William Heath, Carey Elizabeth.


The commitment of individual Christians to work for social and political change should be recognized as a fully legitimate form of Christian discipleship.