William Symmes

Profile:
Will Symmes is a member of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC. He handles general civil litigation, insurance defense litigation, and products liability litigation, including defense of claims involving asbestos, silica, benzene, and pharmaceuticals. He also handles cases involving practice areas such as antitrust litigation, corporate law, and representation of governmental entities such as the State of Mississippi and Harrison County, Mississippi. Will is married to Kathryn Farned, and has a daughter, Hannah.

Will was born on December 1, 1973 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996 from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was an honored recipient of the Dr. C.A. Walker, Jr. Scholarship for his academic endeavors. Will attended Mississippi College School of Law, and he earned his law degree in 2000.

Will joined the firm of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott,  PLLC in July 2007.  He has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for over 20 years and was recently elected Elder for the 2009 - 2011 Session.

In 2010, Will was selected as a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Admissions and Licenses

Mississippi Supreme Court, 2000

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000

United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 2000

Practice Areas

Commercial litigation

Insurance defense and professional malpractice

Products liability

Mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental litigation

Government and entity law

Antitrust litigation

Experience

Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC, July 2007 - Present

Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A. Gulfport, MS, 2000 - July 2007

Education

Mississippi College School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2000

  • Senator, Mississippi College School of Law Senate (1998 - 2000)
  • Environmental Law Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Christian Legal Society

University of Southern Mississippi, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Chemistry Minor, 1996

  • Dr. C.A. Walker, Jr. Scholarship Award
  • Letterman for Football (1993 - 1996)
  • CommuniGroup Lineman of the Year (1995)

Professional and Civic Involvement

Professional Associations:

  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Harrison County Young Lawyers Association
    • Secretary, 2003 - 2004
  • Mississippi Young Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2005 - 2007
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Community/Civic Activities:

  • Leadership Gulf Coast, 2008 - 2009
  • Coast Young Professionals
  • Gulfport Business Club
  • Les Cavaliers
  • Bayou Bluff Tennis and Country Club
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
    • Elder

Charitable Involvement

  • Gulfport Mentor Program, 2002 - 2005
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Feed My Sheep
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Humane Society
  • University of Southern Mississippi REP Program
  • Eagle Club for the University of Southern Mississippi
  • M-Club for the University of Southern Mississippi

Outside of the office

Outside the office, Will enjoys the outdoors and sports of all kinds, especially his beloved Golden Eagles.

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