Stephen G. Peresich, Sr.

Stephen G. Peresich is a senior member of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC. He has extensive experience handling complex insurance defense, medical defense, and personal injury litigation.

Stephen represents a wide variety of hospitals, medical clinics, physician practice groups, and insurance companies in complicated medical- legal issues. He has represented many business and personal clients throughout his career. Stephen has also been selected as panel counsel for a variety of companies in Mississippi.

Stephen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1954 and was raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. He attended law school at the University of Mississippi before being admitted to practice law in 1981. In addition to focusing on the needs of the firm's clients, he has actively served on civic boards and school boards, and coached youth and high school sports. Stephen is married to Ellen B. Peresich and has three children, Sharon, Lindsey, and Stephen, Jr.

Admissions and Licenses

Mississippi Supreme Court, 1981

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1981

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


Member, Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, 1985 - present

Asst. Prosecuting Attorney, City of Biloxi, Mississippi, 1982 - 1985

Municipal Court Judge, pro tempore, City of Biloxi, 1981 - 1982


University of Mississippi, Juris Doctor, 1981

  • Moot Court Board
  • Law School Honor Council, 1979
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member, Mississippi Legal Research Institute, 1980-1981
  • Federal Court Internship Program 1980-1981

Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Science, 1977

Biloxi Senior High School, Diploma 1972

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Annual Medical Staff presentation at Biloxi Regional Medical Center Doctors & Social Media -Pitfalls and Dangers 2014

Guest Lecturer, Biloxi Regional Medical Staff  "The Disruptive Physician and Physician Best Practices", August 2012

Presented "Professional Behavior in the Workplace" for the annual Biloxi Regional Medical Center Medical Staff training seminar, March 2010

Seminar instructor on medical/legal topics, expert witnesses, trial practice

Frequent Guest Lecturer, Biloxi Regional Medical Staff Physicians

Informed Consent and Chart Documentation, June 2007

New Tort Reform: Impact on the Medical Community and Preventive Medicine-Malpractice Claims, Nov. 2004

Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims Court Room Evidence in Mississippi; National Business Institute, April 2004

Tort Reform in Mississippi, July 2002

Medical Malpractice in Mississippi: Peer Review Obstacles, June 2001

Medical Malpractice in Mississippi: Mississippi's Changing Medical-Legal Environment, May 2000

Medical Malpractice Legal Assistant Seminar, Nov. 1997

Strategies for Success in Personal Injury Cases Seminar, July 1996

Litigation Techniques and Strategies, June 1996

Presentation to Medical Legal Community Scott v Flynt (April 1996), Spring 1996

Co-Author: "Comparative Analysis of State Ethic Laws," Mississippi Legal Research Institute, 1980

Professional and Civic Involvement; Recognitions

Professional Associations:

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition
    • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice- Defendants.
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013 edition
    • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice Defendants
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 edition
    • Selected as a Best Lawyer in Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice Defendants
  • American Health Lawyers Association – Member
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Appointed as Board Attorney for the Board of Trustees of Biloxi Regional Medical Center, August 2011
  • St. Patrick Catholic High School Advisory Board Member, 2007-2008
  • Trustee Emeritus Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
  • Leadership Gulf Coast Alumni Association
  • Past President Biloxi Soccer Organization
  • Past Board Member, Nativity B.V.M. Elementary School
  • Past President Greater Biloxi Economic Development Council, 1997
  • Past President Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, 1996
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber Board of Director, 1995 - 1996
  • Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 1994

Representative Cases

    • Carpenter v. Thompson, 2014 LEXIS 421, No. 2011-CT-01028 (Miss. August 21, 2014)
    • Cornelius v. Benefield,2013 Miss. App. LEXIS 558 (Miss. Ct. App. Sept. 3, 2013) cert. denied, 2014 LEXIS 293 (Miss. June 12, 2014)
    • Holder v. Orange Grove Med. Specialties, P.A., 2010 Miss. LEXIS 640 (Miss. Dec. 9, 2010)
    • Herndon v. Miss. Forestry Comm'n, 2010 Miss. App. LEXIS 636 (Miss. Ct. App. Dec. 7, 2010)
    • Pettis v. Miss. Transp. Comm'n, 44 So. 3d 425 (Miss. Ct. App. 2010)
    • Scafide v. Dr. Bazzone, 962 So. 2d 585 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)
    • Richardson v. Grand Casinos of Mississippi, Inc.-Gulfport, LLC, 935 So. 2d 1146 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)
    • Dr. Colson v. Johnson, 764 So. 2d 438 (Miss. 2000)
    • Dubard v. Biloxi H.M.A., Inc., 778 So. 2d 113 (Miss. 2000)
    • Dr. Colson v. Hemingway, 779 So. 2d 164 (Miss. Ct. App. 2000)
    • Robert v. Dr. Colson, 729 So. 2d 1243 (Miss. 1999)
    • Taylor v. Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Inc., 737 So. 2d 435 (Miss. Ct. App. 1999)
    • Tinnon v. Dr. Martin, 716 So. 2d 604 (Miss. 1998)
    • Soileau v. Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, 730 So. 2d 101 (Miss. Ct. App. 1998)
    • Byrd v. Biloxi Regional Medical Center, 722 So. 2d 166 (Miss. Ct. App. 1998)
    • Palmer v. Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Inc., 649 So. 2d 179 (Miss. 1994)
    • Robinson v. Coastal Family Health Center, Inc., 756 F.Supp. 958 (S.D. Miss. 1990)
    • Baker v. Washington National Insurance Company, 823 F.2d 156 (5th. Cir. 1987)
    • Proby v. State ex. rel West, 498 So. 2d 792 (Miss. 1986)


Outside of the office

Away from the office, Stephen enjoys fishing, boating, golf and traveling. Mostly, Stephen enjoys time with his family. Stephen is a member of Nativity B.V.M Parish.

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