About the Firm

Michael G. Prestia, attorney brings a special talent for negotiating and obtaining beneficial legal results in a cost effective manner over a wide range of legal issues. We believe in advising our clients of the options available to achieve their goals and in acting upon solutions that reflect an understanding of our clients’ unique situations . Since 1983, we have provided clients with high quality, responsive and cost-effective legal service.

        MICHAEL G. PRESTIA  Attorney has  over 39 years of experience in litigation and transactional matters and has successfully litigated numerous cases in  State and Federal Courts throughout the state of Mississippi,the United States and International courts, representing  individual, entrepreneurs,Contractors, Franchisors and Franchisees, Distributors , Dealers  and business entities in connection with a variety of complex Legal matters



  • J.D. Mississippi College School of Law , Jackson, Mississippi
  •  LLM Candidate  Tax Law at Villanova University Law School; 2017-2019
  • B.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • De La Salle High School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Born: New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Mississippi Bar  1982
  • Texas Bar   admitted    1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern District of Mississippi 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court       Mississippi Band of  Choctaw Indians v Holyfield 
  •   490 U.S. 30(1989)  on the Appellee Brief .  Court reversed 6-3   

Professional Law Associations & Memberships 

  • Mississippi Bar Association  
  • Texas Bar  Association 
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America 
  • ABA Forum on Franchising,
  • American Bar Association  Sections on Construction Law , Intellectual Property Law ,Real Property Law ,Trust and Estates Law,Federal Taxation
  • Mississippi Association for Justice 
  • Mississippi Bar /section on   Business,Real Property, Trust & Estates Law,Taxation, Intellectual, Labor, Health  Law and Appellate Law  Section
  • Texas Bar  section on  Construction  and Intellectual Property  Law 
  • Mississippi Bankruptcy Association 
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 
  • Law Review Mississippi College School of Law
  • Land Title Association of Mississippi
  • Subcontactors  and Suppliers Alliance of Mississippi ,Mississippi Gulf Coast Homebuilders Association
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association 
  • Gulfport Business Club
  • Rotary Club  Gulfport Orange-Grove , Paul Harris Fellow, Charter Member, Board of Directors, 
  • International Trade Club of Mississippi, former President and Board of Directors member  Import and Export organization 
  • World Trade Center New Orleans
  • Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association
  • Petroleum Landman 1980-82 Miss.,Ala.,Fla.,Ga. and former member Alabama  Petroleum Landmans Association AAPL

       Publications: The Partnership Lawyer : I.R.C. Section 1061 Three year Holding Period Requirement  Mississippi Business Journal  July19, 2018

         The Partnership  Lawyer : Changing to C Corp  ? Not so Fast ! Sec. 199A  New  Tax Cut and Jobs  Act,The Gazabo Gazette November 16, 2018

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