Katharine McKee Surkin

Katharine McKee Surkin joined the firm of Page, Mannino, Peresich and McDermott, PLLC, in June 2005. She has gained significant experience in the areas of mass torts, toxic torts, and products liability, focusing on cases in the areas of asbestos, silica, and welding rod. Upon graduating from law school, Katharine served as a clerk for the Mississippi Supreme Court to Justice George C. Carlson, Jr., a former circuit court judge from Northern Mississippi. She clerked for the Court for three and one half years gaining valuable experience in the appellate courts.

Katharine was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but was raised in Newport, Arkansas. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson and attended law school at the University of Mississippi before being admitted to practice law in 2002. Katharine also is admitted to practice law in Alabama.

Admissions and Licenses

Mississippi Supreme Court, 2002

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002

United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 2002

Alabama Supreme Court, 2008

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008

United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, 2008

Practice Areas

Commercial litigation

Products liability

Mass torts, toxic torts, and environmental litigation

Insurance defense and professional malpractice


Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC, Associate, 2005 - Present

Law Clerk to Justice George C. Carlson, Jr., Mississippi Supreme Court, 2001 - 2005

Publications and Speaking Engagements

A Guide to Women's Legal Rights in Mississippi, Spring 2009


University of Mississippi, Juris Doctor, 2001

  • Phi Delta Phi (President)

Millsaps College, Bachelor of Science, 1999

Professional and Civic Involvement

Professional Associations:

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • Jackson Young Lawyers
  • Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association
    • Hinds Post V District Director, YLD, 2008 - 2009
    • Women and the Law Committee Chairman, 2008-2009
    • High School Mock Trial Committee Chairman, 2005 - 2008
    • High School Mock Trial Committee, 2004 - 2005
    • Child Advocacy Committee, 2003 - 2004

Representative Cases

  • Tigner v. Bondex Intern., Inc., No. 2:08CV166-P-A, 2008 WL 4286504 (N.D.Miss. September 15, 2008)
  • Arlott v. Arledge, No. 3:06-cv-303-WHB-LRA, 2007 WL 2301223 (S.D.Miss. August 07, 2007)

Outside of the office

Away from the office, Katharine is very active with her alma mater, Millsaps College, where she is the Alumna Advisor for the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Delta Delta and serves on the House Corporation Board. Katharine is also very involved in her church, St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, where she has served as a mentor for the Journey to Adulthood program, coordinator for Children's Chapel, and member of Adult Formation and Outreach Commissions.

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