Where other attorneys may appear cold or distant, Elizabeth Porter values authenticity and connection as she serves clients from all walks of life. She believes that every story matters, and she works to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
Make no mistake. Elizabeth Porter is a fighter. A powerful advocate with an arsenal of expertise. An intense, experienced ally. If she and her team are in your corner, then you’re equipped for the fight ahead.
A Hattiesburg native, Elizabeth graduated from Presbyterian Christian High School then went on to the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in financial planning and minored in child and family studies. In 2006, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law where she participated as an officer in the Law Student Bar Association and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
Elizabeth first served as an Assistant District Attorney, specifically prosecuting crimes against women and children in the 15th Circuit Court District. Later as Chief Public Defender in Forrest County, Elizabeth represented persons charged with crimes ranging from grand larceny to capital murder. Elizabeth opened her law practice in Hattiesburg, MS, in 2010 and currently serves the city Hattiesburg as Municipal Prosecutor Pro Tempore.
HONORS, AWARDS, AND CERTIFICATIONS
Elise holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She possesses a wide array of experience in commercial, contract, and public interest law. Elise began her career at Polsinelli, P.C., a nationally ranked law firm, as a Government Contracts and Commercial Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., and Nashville, TN. During law school, Elise worked with many public interest legal organizations, including the Mississippi Center for Justice and the D.C. Jail and Prison Advocacy Project at University Legal Services. Additionally, she participated in the Civil Rights Clinic at Georgetown. Elise is a member of the D.C. Bar Association and has been published in the National Law Review.
“Advocating for our clients and making sure their voice is heard is the most rewarding part of the job,” Elise said, “The legal process can feel foreign and difficult to navigate, but it’s our job to help clients understand what to expect and make sure they feel as ready and confident walking into the courtroom as possible.”
In her spare time, Elise enjoys reading, making Spotify playlists for every occasion, drinking coffee, and spending time with her dog, Cash (who is named after the Man in Black, of course).
“Being a paralegal gives me the opportunity to help others, many of them suffering through the hardest experiences of their lives. It is very rewarding to help someone during a difficult process and see the benefit they receive from our firm’s services,” Heather said. “ I love being a part of this firm because I get to work with a group of people that not only have a passion for the legal profession but also have a passion for helping others.”
Outside of EP Law, Heather enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Chevy and Sadie, and re-reading the Harry Potter series.
In her spare time, Haylie enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, traveling, and reading classic novels.