Staff

General Counsel of Jackson State University

Matt.website.photoMr. Taylor graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1996 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi in 1999. The majority of Mr. Taylor’s legal practice has been dedicated to complex civil litigation, including automobile liability, premises and security liability, products liability, medical malpractice, toxic tort and insurance coverage. Following several years as a partner with Scott Sullivan Streetman & Fox in Ridgeland, Mr. Taylor was a founding member of the firm of Gladden Ingram & Taylor in Madison. Most recently, Mr. Taylor has practiced in the medical malpractice litigation division of Morgan & Morgan, PA. Mr. Taylor has earned an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell, recognizing the highest rating for ethics and professional ability. In addition to his extensive corporate and litigation practice, Mr. Taylor has also served as a continuing legal education speaker to the Mississippi Bar on the topics of ethics and trial practice. Mr. Taylor is a 2005 graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford University. Mr. Taylor is married to Sherry Taylor and is the proud father of twin boys, a step-daughter and a step-son. He is a member of St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Jackson.

 

Associate General Counsel

Edward Watson professional pic(4)Edward O. Watson graduated from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in the State of Mississippi. Prior to joining Jackson State University’s Division of General Counsel his legal practice included, but was not limited to litigation and consultation in the areas of municipal law, employment law including, Title VII matters, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, business formation, contracts, commercial, governmental, and general tort liability defense.  He has assisted public and private entities by providing advice regarding performance evaluation appraisal systems, development of employment policies and practices, employee handbooks and employment liability.  He has worked to provide proactive representation in his practice areas by conducting legal seminars and workshops regarding the implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to mitigate and prevent legal exposures prior to the assertion of claims.  He has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Mississippi for the past three consecutive years.   For several years prior to joining the Division of General Counsel, Mr. Watson was a founding member of the firm Alexander & Watson, P.A.  Additionally, for several years he served as an Assistant Hinds County Attorney and the Prosecutor and Town Attorney for the Town of Terry, Mississippi.   He is a native of Terry, Mississippi. He is married to Shanell H. Watson of Meridian, Mississippi and they are the proud parents of three sons. He is a member of Little Bethel C. M. E. Church in Terry, Mississippi. 

 

 

Paralegal/Office Manager

Tiffany Dockins.office.shotTiffany Houston Dockins joined Jackson State University's Division of General Counsel as a paralegal in 2007 and has over 22 years of experience working in legal practice, including, but not limited to the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, mass tort, workers comp, employment and domestic matters. A proud graduate of Jackson State University, Tiffany earned her B.S. degree in the Department of Mass Communications as a Broadcast Journalism major in 1999. Her primary responsibilities include management of University litigation and case management of internal departmental, personnel, faculty and student complaints, grievances and various other matters.  She serves as liaison for outside counsel in the management and coordination of document production, scheduling and preparation for depositions, and client interviews.  She also is responsible for managing the University's contract and policy review and approvals by the General Counsel and handles public records requests, subpoena requests, policy, contract, and litigation databases.