Proudly Serving Clients in Picayune, MS & Beyond
If your back is against the wall, choose Picayune Law, PLLC in Picayune, MS. We assist clients in South Mississippi with Closings, Criminal Defense, Custody, Personal Injury, Estates & Estate Planning and more. Our team has extensive knowledge in these areas, and they provide excellent customer service to make your case smooth and successful.
Our staff comes from varied backgrounds, including legal, non-profit, judicial, banking, construction, and business. We all came to Picayune Law in our own way, which gives each person a unique skill set. This makes us capable of meeting all of the needs of our clients.
William “Bill” Cruse
Bill Cruse grew up in Pearl River County. He graduated from Picayune Memorial High School in 2001 and originally attended Pearl River Community College in 2003. He transferred to Mississippi College, where he graduated with a chemistry degree in 2005. Then, he graduated from the Mississippi School of Law in 2009 and began practicing that same year. His parents, Fred and Dianne Cruse, founded Fred’s Westside Pharmacy in Picayune, and his brother, Gordon Cruse, owns the pharmacy.
Bill spent 10 years in Jackson working as a youth minister and Director of Youth Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi before and during his time in law school. He then returned to Picayune to practice law. He enjoys helping clients through the process of estate planning, real estate, closing, and navigating business legal issues. He successfully guides clients through major life transitions so they can thrive in the future.
He and his wife Morgan Cowart Cruse were married in the summer of 2005 and they have three children. His family and his work in Jackson inspired him to move back home and help the people and businesses where he grew up. He doesn’t take this privilege and responsibility lightly. Bill is a member of Kiwanis and a lifelong member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Mu.
Lisa Blackburn lives in Carriere in Pearl River County, MS and has one son, Matthew. She graduated from West Monroe High School and recently graduated from Pearl River Community College with an Associate’s Degree in healthcare data technology.
Lisa has worked for Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, Southern Bancorp and H&R Block before working at Picayune Law, PLLC. She has been with us since our founding. As our Closing Assistant, she helps Bill Cruse in estate planning, estates, real estate and corporate. She is compassionate towards clients and their cases. She is also a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Picayune.
Sarah Haselmeir, our abstractor, is also a designer and realtor.
Tony Bounds is the Law Clerk for the firm. He graduated in May 2018 with his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is scheduled to take the Mississippi Bar Exam in February 2019.
Tony grew up in Pearl River and Hancock Counties. He attended both Pearl River Central and Hancock High School. After high school, Tony began attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he received his Associate of Science in Business Management. Next, he attended the University of South Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Paralegal Studies and Administration of Justice. After taking a few years off, he decided to go back to law school.
Tony began his career in the legal field in the Pearl River County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2004. Upon the completion of a 4 year term with the Prosecuting Attorney, he was offered a job in private practice working for the retired District Attorney Buddy McDonald. Tony spent 3 years in that office before going to work for the current County Court Judge. Tony has spent the last 7 years working as the Paralegal and then Law Clerk to Judge Richelle Lumpkin.
Since the days after Hurricane Katrina, Tony has served Pearl River County as the Public Information Officer for the Pearl River County Emergency Operations Center. As the spokesperson for the EOC, Tony gathers information from government officials, government offices, utilities, and residents to communicate information to all the residents of Pearl River County and all media outlets in Southern Mississippi and Southern Louisiana. He has worked all Hurricanes and Storms since Katrina, the Christmas Day Tornado, train derailments, hazardous chemical leaks on the interstate, and levee breaches.
Tony’s areas of work and experience include Criminal Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Injunctions, Temporary Restraining Orders, Youth Court, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Contracts, Debt Collections, and Eminent Domain.