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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. Many of these cases have involved claims of damages related to climate change, exposure to various chemicals, asbestos, silica and other product claims.  And also defense of Professional Malpractice claims against attorneys. 1

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 several business and governmental support laws, and has made a number of presentations to legal, political and civic business groups on the subject. He also participated in the drafting and passage of significant insurance legislation to assist.

Ron was born in New Orleans and raised in Mississippi.  He attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Mississippi and was 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.

Practice Areas

  • Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Health Care Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Premises liability and Products Liability Defense

Experience

  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice W.N. Ethridge, Jr. Mississippi Supreme Court, 1968-1969
  • 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
  • “Contemporary Ethics Challenges In Construction Law,” Construction Law: Designs, Delays, Disputes, and Delivery, Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • “Climate Change Litigation” The Future of Climate Change, ABA 24th Annual Spring CLE Meeting, Cutting-Edge Scientific and Legal Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, 2015

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:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2012 to present Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006, to present
  • 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
  • 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

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  Wind Pool Insurance Program
    • Tax Credits for tourism related projects
    • Preferential tax treatments for Employer to Employee Grants
    • Funding of the expansion of the Gulf Coast Convention Center
    • Additional appropriations for the Mississippi Department of Insurance
    • Authorization and funding for expansion of University of Southern Mississippi

Representative Cases

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)
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, et al. v Gulf Publishing, 2016 WL 1212695

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
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia