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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.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Hospital Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Premises liability Defense/ Products Liability Defense


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Mississippi
    • Juris Doctor - 1981
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Law School Honor Council, 1979
    • Honors: Member, Mississippi Legal Research Institute, 1980-1981
  • Mississippi State University
    • Bachelor of Science - 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1981
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1981

Professional Associations

  • Federal Court Internship Program, Member, 1980 to 1981
  • Biloxi Bar Association, Member
  • Harrison County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Mississippi State Bar, Member
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • 2020 Member- Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member

Positions & Recognitions

  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Golfport. 2023
  • Highlighted in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for high caliber work in Insurance Law and Medical Malpractice – Defendants. 2023
  • Board Attorney for the Board of Trustees- Merit Health Biloxi since 2011
  • Mississippi Certified Mediator since 2020
  • “AV” peer review rated; over 41 years practicing medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, health care law, corporate litigation
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2018 thru 2022. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2012 thru 2022 in Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Received Best Lawyers in America- “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Defense in 2017 and in Insurance Law in 2021

Publications & Presentations

  • Lecturer, Medical Staff at Merit Health Biloxi- “informed Consent”. December 2022
  • Frequent author of articles published by the Mississippi Defense Lawyers. 2020-2022
  • Guest Presenter at Mississippi College School of Law Symposium – ZOOM Webinar – “The Opioid Crisis and It's Effect in Damages Claims”. September 2020
  • Panel Speaker at University of Mississippi School of Law, Center for Continuing Legal Education, Webinar – “Medical Defenses- Practical Tips”. May 2020
  • Legal Risks in the Opioid Crisis, Presentation to Medical Staff at Merit Health Biloxi. March 2019
  • Presenter at Biloxi Regional Medical Center Doctors & Social Media -Pitfalls and Dangers 2014
  • Lecturer, Biloxi Regional Medical Staff “The Disruptive Physician and Physician Best Practices“, August 2012
  • “Professional Behavior in the Workplace“, Biloxi Regional Medical Center Medical Staff training seminar, March 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, Biloxi Regional Medical Staff Physicians, Informed Consent and Chart Documentation, June 2007
  • Tort Reform presenter: Impact on the Medical Community and Preventive Medicine-Malpractice Claims, Nov. 2004
  • Litigating Medical Malpractice, 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
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice Legal Assistant Seminar, Nov. 1997
  • Presenter, Strategies for Success in Personal Injury Cases Seminar, July 1996
  • Presenter, Litigation Techniques and Strategies, June 1996
  • Presentation to Medical Legal Community, Impact of Scott v Flynt (April 1996), Spring 1996

Pro-Bono Activities

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

Past Positions

  • City of Biloxi, Mississippi, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. 1982-1985
  • City of Biloxi, Municipal Court Judge, Pro Tempore. 1981-1982

Hobbies & Activities

Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and eating chocolate.