Firm Overview

Elise Epperson Deano, P.A. started working as a special education teacher in 1989 at Coahoma County Schools in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In the school system, she realized her love for children and wanted to impact their lives in a positive way.  In the classroom, she could control a positive and constructive atmosphere, but when her students went home, some were defenseless against abusive parents.  So in 1992, she pursued law at the University of Mississippi.

Working with many law professionals in the state of Mississippi, Deano started her own firm in 1998 which she currently operates today in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  In 1999, she was a business law professor at William Carey College.  In 2011, Elise began a Youth Court Judge Pro Tem in Hancock County.  In 2012, she was appointed Youth Court Judge, where she served until the end of 2017.  She still serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Stone County Youth Court.

Elise Epperson Deano, P.A. understands both sides of the judge's bench. She brings an exceptional level of enthusiasm, dedication, and nuanced perspective that makes the firm the holistic solution for legal matters on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.




Elise Epperson Deano P.A. 

Elise Deano, P.A. is married to Eddie Deano, Jr., C.P.A. and is mother to three children.  From working for the prestigious Dr. Mary Ann Connell, university attorney, to opening her own practice in 1998, Elise has represented cases on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for nearly 20 years. Elise has hands-on experience with individuals and families, and her passion for helping them is evident. Whether her clients are fighting injury, divorce, child custody, contempts, wills & estate, or youth court matters, her professionalism and knowledge in the courtroom is second to none. 



Juris Doctor, 1993
M.A. - Education Psychology/Counseling, 1990
B.A., Elementary Education, 1989

Activities & Affiliations

• ABA Military Pro Bono Project, Volunteer
• Hancock County Drug Task Force/Community Coalition, Member
• Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, Member
• Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Volunteer

Bar Admissions

• Mississippi
• 5th Circuit Court




We at The Law office of Elise Epperson Deano, P.A. know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer consultations to walk you through your needs, your goals, and your budget.