Longtime Biloxi attorney Peter Abide and his firm, Currie Johnson, became city attorney on Oct. 1, 2016, after serving as an outside counsel for the city for more than a year.
As city attorney, Abide (pronounced “A-bide”) is chief legal counsel for the city. As Director of the Legal Department, he manages departmental personnel and outside counsel assigned to specific legal tasks. He also advises city personnel about legal procedures and policies.
“Peter Abide is someone who has ably represented the city on a host of legal issues in the 13 months since he was approved by the City Council,” Gilich said in nominating Abide to replace city attorney Gerald Blessey. “Gerald will continue to work with Peter as outside counsel, particularly in advancing our waterfront vision, proposed legislation and other economic development issues.”
Abide has resided and practiced law in Biloxi since 1987. He and his firm had served as one of the outside counsel for the city since August 2015.
Abide is managing partner of Currie Johnson’s Gulf Coast office, which is in Biloxi Commerce Park. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Ole Miss School of Law.
He and his wife, Judy, have three daughters. Abide is an active member of Nativity BVM Cathedral, where he serves as cantor/lector, and he is a board member of Fisher House, Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the Nativity School Foundation. He is also a member of the Biloxi and Biloxi Bay Area chambers of commerce.