Practice Focus

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Litigation
  • Healthcare Law
  • Products Liability, Mass Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • Appellate Practice


University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude; 1990

University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; 1986

Bar Admissions

Mississippi, 1991

U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Mississippi Law Journal, Editorial Board and Research Editor
  • Named a Top 50 Business Woman by the Mississippi Business Journal, 2011
  • Co-author of Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, American Bar Association
  • UM Phi Kappa Phi Honorary, UM Phi Delta Phi Legal Honorary, UM Dean’s Service Award


  •  “Challenges in Mississippi Insurance Coverage Litigation” , National Business Institute
  • “Effective Discovery Procedures in Mississippi”,  National Business Institute
  • “Mississippi Uniform Civil Justice Expense and Delay Reduction Plan”, Federal Practice Institute of the Federal Bar Association

Legal Experience

Laura Gibbes has more than 25 years of experience as a litigator, beginning her career as a law clerk for Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr. and working with several top Mississippi law firms before joining Purdie and Metz in 2016. She has an extensive background in commercial litigation, handling anti-trust claims, business interference, non-compete claims, fraud and breach of contract. Laura’s wide practice range also includes environmental litigation, products liability defense, banking and lender liability claims and insurance disputes. As counsel for Purdie and Metz, Laura also represents the Mississippi Division of Medicaid in administrative hearings, litigation, and appeals regarding a wide range of healthcare issues, including disputes with medical providers over reimbursement and other regulatory matters.