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Les Smith is a member of Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC. He has experience in widely diverse areas of litigation practice ranging from complex actions against the federal government, local government defense, and commercial banking litigation, to probate matters, title disputes, bankruptcy, collections and landlord – tenant disputes. Les takes a pragmatic and common sense approach to litigation and provides personable counsel to clients. Les strives to provide clients with a practical, real world understanding of the consequences flowing from the various courses of action available to them so as to secure the best outcome.

Les was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in central Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law before being admitted to practice in 1993. He is married to Cathleen Margaret Smith (nee Coleman) of Franklin, Louisiana. They live in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Practice Areas

  • Civil litigation
  • Probate
  • Real estate


  • Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, P.L.L.C., 1996 – present
  • Franke, Rainey & Salloum, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1995
  • Mitchell, Voge, Beasley & Corban, Tupelo, Mississippi, 1993 – 1995

Publications and Speaking Engagements

“Federal, State and Local Permitting Requirements Imposed upon Gaming Facilities prior to Commencing Operations,” Vol. 3, Marine Resources and History of the Mississippi Gulf Coast


University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1993

  • Recipient: Steven Lauerius Scholarship in Law; Heidelberg & Woodriff Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure; Robert Hauberg Award for Outstanding Promise in Federal Practice; American Jurisprudence Awards for Civil Procedure I, Torts II, Eminent Domain, Legal Profession, Intellectual Property, Federal Jurisdiction and Antitrust.

University of Southern Mississippi, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, 1988

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association

Reported Decisions

  • Brinsmade v. City of Biloxi, 70 So. 3d 1159 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Hill v. Breazeale, 197 F. Appx. 331 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • Point South Land Trust v. Gutierrez, 927 So. 2d 967 (Miss. App. 2008)
  • Fortune v. Lee County Board of Supervisors, 725 So. 2d 747 (Miss. 1998)

Outside of the office

Away from the office, Les enjoys wingshooting, working on his farm, and reading.

Admissions and Licenses
  • Mississippi Supreme Court, 1993
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1993