Ronald G. Peresich

Profile:
Ron is one of the founding members of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC and serves as the firm's managing member. He has extensive experience handling complex commercial and personal injury litigation and has represented a wide variety of business and personal clients throughout his career. He has been trial counsel in a number of complex cases filed and/or tried in Mississippi state and federal courts and serves as national counsel for a company sued in states across the country. Ron also has significant experience handling commercial transactions for large and small businesses. As attorney for the United States Chamber of Commerce, he participated in the drafting and passage of one of the strongest tort reform statutes in the country in 2002 and 2004, and has made a number of presentations to political and civic business groups on the subject. He also participated in the drafting and passage of landmark insurance legislation that—along with other Katrina recovery and tourism related legislation—was designed to provide greater coverage to Mississippians following Hurricane Katrina.

Ron was born in New Orleans and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi.  He attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Mississippi before being admitted to practice law in 1968. In addition to focusing on the needs of the firm and its clients, Ron is extremely active in the community, devoting a considerable portion of his time to improving the business and legal community throughout Mississippi. Ron is married to Ramona Hennessee Peresich and they have two children, Ron, Jr. and Randi Mueller, both of whom are also members of the firm.

Admissions and Licenses

Mississippi Bar Association, 1968

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1968

United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1968

Practice Areas

Insurance Defense

Medical Malpractice Defense

Health Care Litigation

Hospital Administrative Law

Physician Practice Services

Health Care Business Planning

Employment Law

Commercial Litigation

Premises liability Defense/ Products Liability Defense

Experience

Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC
Founding Partner; Managing Partner

Prosecuting Attorney, City of Biloxi, 1973–1981

Law Clerk to Chief Justice W.N. Ethridge, Jr. Mississippi Supreme Court, 1968–1969

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • "Revamping the Wind Pool," Mississippi Law Journal, Hurricane Katrina, Special Edition, Volume 77, Number 3, Spring 2008
  • “Fundamentals of Construction Law in Mississippi,” Sterling Education, 2008
  • "Construction Litigation," Barristers Conference, July 2008
  • "Effective Deposition Practice - Preparing & Deposing Expert Witnesses," University of Mississippi Law Center; 1996
  • "Emerging New Standards for Admitting Expert Testimony After the Daubert Decision," Barristers Educational Services, 1996
  • "Evidence-Experts-Emerging Trends," Mississippi State Bar, 1991
  • "Expert Witness Strategies in Litigation in Mississippi," PSI, 1992
  • "Product Liability - Recent Developments," Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • "Expert Witness Strategies in Litigation in Mississippi," National Business Institute, 1994
  • "Expert and Opinion Testimony," PSI, 1989
  • "Trial Practice - Opening Statements," Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association 2009

Education

University of Mississippi, Juris Doctor, 1968

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Research Exchange, Chairman, 1968
  • Moot Court Board
  • Law School Honor Council, Chairman, 1968

University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1966

Professional and Civic Involvement; Recognitions

Professional Associations:

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 edition
    • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
    • Selected as one of Mississippi's Top 50 Lawyers
  • Governor's Judicial Advisory Committee, 2004-Present
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 1991–1994)
  • Harrison County Bar Association, Member
    • President, 1986-1987
    • Recipient of Distinguished Service Award
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc., Member
  • Biloxi Bar Association, Member (Secretary-Treasurer, 1970–1971)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Member
  • Mississippi Supreme Court, Appointment to the Complaint Tribunal
  • Secretary of State's Business Court Study Group
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Community/Civic Activities:

  • King of Gulf Coast Carnival Association, 2008
  • Re-election Campaign of Amy Tuck for Lietuenant Governor of State of Mississippi, Chairman
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Economic Development Council
  • Biloxi's Outstanding Citizen of the Year
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way Outstanding Civic Leader
  • Recipient of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Spirit of the Coast Award
  • Mississippi's Volunteer of the Year in the Field of Economic Development
  • South Mississippi's Outstanding Community Leaders, Member
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
  • Leadership Gulf Coast, Chairman
  • Coast 21, Chairman
  • Harrison County's Strategic Planning Initiative, Vice Chairman
  • Gulf Coast Business Council, Chairman
  • Participated in drafting Mississippi Legislation involving:
    • Reorganization of State’s Wind Pool Insurance Program
    • Tax Credits for certain tourism related projects
    • Preferential tax treatments for certain Employer to Employee Grants
    • Various tourism related matters, including authorization for funding of the expansion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center
    • Additional appropriations for the Mississippi Department of Insurance
    • Authorization and funding for expansion of University of Southern Mississippi

Representative Cases

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals:

  • Investment Partners, L.P. v. Glamour Shots Licensing, Inc., 298 F.3d 314 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Mercer, AT&T v. Mercer, 246 F.3d 391 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • Satcher v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd., 52 F.2d 1211 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • Alexandria Associates, Ltd. v. Mitchell Company, 2 F.3d 598 (5th Cir. 1993)
  • Moss v. Ole South Real Estate, Inc. 933 F.2d 1300 (5th Cir. 1991)
  • Star-Satelite, Inc. v. City of Biloxi, 779 F.2d 1079 (5th Cir. 1986)
  • Shore v. Acands, Inc., 644 F.2d 396 (5th Cir. 1981)
  • Breeland v. Hide-A-Way Lake, Inc., 585 F.2d 716 (5th Cir. 1978)

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

  • Callender v. Imperial Palace of Mississippi, Inc., 2008 WL 4371739 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 19, 2008)
  • Middleton v. Arledge, 2008 WL 906525 (S.D. Miss. March 31, 2008)
  • Complaint of Grand Casino of Mississippi, Inc. Biloxi, 2007 WL 188265 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 23, 2007)
  • Berhow v. The Peoples Bank, 423 F. Supp 2d 562 (S.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Satcher v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd., 855 F. Supp. 886 (S.D. Miss. 1994)
  • J.D. Tapper v. Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, 662 F. Supp. 599 (S.D. Miss. 1987)
  • C.R.. McRae v. Sawyer, 660 F. Supp. 62 (S.D. Miss. 1986) (Gex)
  • McCarty v. Johns-Manville Sales Corp., et al., 502 F. Supp. 335 (S.D. Miss. 1980)

Mississippi Supreme Court Cases:

  • Bayview Land, Ltd. v. State of Mississippi, Secretary of State, 950 So. 2d 966 (Miss. 2007)
  • 3M Company v. Glass, 917 So. 2d 90 (Miss. 2005)
  • Satchfield v. Morrison & Son, Inc., 872 So. 2d 661 (Miss. 2004)
  • Burgess v. City of Gulfport, 814 So. 2d 149 (Miss. 2002)
  • Enlargement and Extension of Municipal Boundaries of City of Biloxi v. City of Biloxi, 744 So. 2d 270 (Miss. 1999)
  • Mooneyham v. City of Biloxi, 452 So. 2d 452 (Miss. 1984)
  • Extension of Boundaries of City of Biloxi v. City of Biloxi, 361 So. 2d 1372 (Miss. 1978)
  • Cecil v. City of Biloxi, 343 So. 2d 1236 (Miss. 1977)
  • Pattillo v. Bridges, 247 So. 2d 811 (Miss. 1971)

Mississippi Court of Appeal Cases:

  • May v. Pulmosan Safety Equipment Corporation, 948 So. 2d 483 (Miss. Ct. App. 2007)
  • Howard v. City of Biloxi, 943 So. 2d 751 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Moran v. Fairley, 919 So. 2d 969 (Miss. Ct. App. 2005)
  • O'Flynn v. Owens-Corning Fiberglass, 759 So. 2d 526 (Miss. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Diaz v. City of Biloxi, 748 So. 2d 161 (Miss. Ct. App. 1999)

News Articles and Publications

  • Peresich Sees Progress On Wind-Pool Bill, Sun Herald, Jan. 24, 2007, at A10
  • Wind-Pool Bill Passes, Sun Herald, Mar. 16, 2007, at A5
  • Wind Pool Bill Lessens The Risk Of Recovery Efforts, Sun Herald, Editorial, Mar. 18, 2007
  • Ron Peresich: A Low-Key, Calm Mediator Who Is Leaving His Mark, Sun Herald, Jun. 11, 2007, Front page and A5
  • Revamping The Wind Pool, Miss. Law Journal, Book 77.3: Spring 2008:  Hurricane Katrina Edition
  • Ron Peresich Helps Lead Way to Wind Pool Revision, The Journal of South Mississippi Business, April 2007;
  • Wind Pool Reform Required A Team Effort, The Journal of South Mississippi Business, April 2007;

Outside of the office

Away from the office, Ron enjoys golf and attending baseball games and Ole Miss sporting events. While attending undergraduate school at Ole Miss, he was a pitcher for the baseball team and pitched in the College World Series in 1964, and in the Semi-pro World Series in 1964 and 1965. Ron is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

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