Meet Your Legal Team

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​William "Bill" Cruse

Bill Cruse grew up here in Mississippi's Pearl River County. He graduated from Picayune Memorial High School in 2001 and attended Pearl River Community College in 2003, before transferring to Mississippi College, where he graduated with a chemistry degree in 2005. He then graduated from the Mississippi School of Law in 2009 and began practicing law that same year.

 

Bill spent a decade in Jackson, MS 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 home to Picayune to practice law. Bill enjoys helping his clients through the process of estate planningreal estate lawreal estate closings and navigating business legal issues

He aims to guide clients through major life transitions so they can thrive in the future.

 

He and his wife Morgan Cowart Cruse married in the summer of 2005 and have three children. His family and his work in Jackson inspired him to move back to Picayune and help the people and businesses where he grew up. Bill does not take this privilege and responsibility lightly. He is a member of the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club and a lifelong member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Mu.

 

His parents, Fred and Dianne Cruse, founded Fred’s Westside Pharmacy in Picayune, and his brother Gordon currently owns the pharmacy.

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Tyler Alexander

Tyler grew up in Pearl River County, graduating from Pearl River Central High School in 2010. Tyler then received his bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 2014, followed by his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2017.

 

Following passing the Mississippi bar in 2017, Tyler clerked for the Circuit Court Judges of the 8th Circuit of Mississippi for a year. In the fall of 2018 Tyler moved to Gulfport to practice civil defense before returning home in the fall of 2020.

 

Tyler will be handling litigation for the firm.

He will be handling a variety of matters including personal injury, criminal defense, probate, and property disputes. 

 

Tyler is married to Sophia Garcia Alexander, and they are expecting their first child in September 2021. Tyler looks forward to being back home to be close to his family, friends, and help the community where he grew up.

Alison Carter

Office Manager, Legal Assistant

 

Alison serves as Office Manager and Legal Assistant. In her legal assistant work, she supports Tyler in Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Probate, Property Disputes and any other litigation matters. She worked as a Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital for many years after graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi. She left Children’s Hospital to go home and be a mom. Alison went on to work in Pearl River County School District for over a decade before joining Cruse Law in 2018. She uses her experience in both of these fields to treat each client with more than the requisite level of care. 

 

Alison and her husband enjoy spending time on the water, running or in Oxford with their three children who attend The University of Mississippi.

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Lisa Blackburn

Lead Processor

 

Lisa is the lead processor and has been with the firm since its founding. She received her Associates in Healthcare Data Technology from Pearl River Community College. She has 16 years with mortgage related experience.

Lisa is truly compassionate towards our clients and their closings.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Saints.

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Josh Blackburn

Abstractor

 

Josh Blackburn is from West Monroe, LA and moved to Carriere in 2000. Josh joined Cruse Law in 2021

as an abstractor. Prior to working at Cruse Law Josh worked in the construction industry as an industrial

electrician for 9 years.

 

He graduated form Picayune High School in 2010 and then form Pearl River Community College in 2013 with degree in electrical technologies. Josh enjoys working on old cars and fishing in his spare time.

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Heather Benoit

Legal Assistant

 

Heather Benoit is the Administrative Assistant at Cruse Law Firm. She lived in New Orleans most of her life until she had her first child, then decided to move to Mississippi in 1998. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 28 years. She has two (2) amazing daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

 

After she moved, she decided to go back to work doing something different, working for an Attorney doing real estate closings. She has 30 years working in Administrative Assistant/Real Estate industry.

 

She enjoys spending time with family and and raising registered cattle on the family farm. 

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Terri Williams

Closing Manager

 

Terri Williams joined Cruse Law Firm in 2020 as the closing manager. Terri is originally from the central

east coast of Florida but moved to South Mississippi in 1995. Terri has been in the real estate business

for over 25 years with a background in commercial real estate development and then as a residential

mortgage lender. The transition to her joining Cruse Law Firm was a natural one. She prides herself on

customer service both before, during and after the transaction.

 

Terri is married to the love of her life and they have 6 wonderful children. In her spare time, she enjoys

camping, fishing and being outdoors. They recently bought property and look forward to building Agape

Cove, a Christian youth retreat.

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Amanda Fenger

Processing Assistant 

 

Amanda Fenger is the processing assistant at Cruse Law Firm. Amanda and her family moved to Carriere in 2003 from Louisiana. Amanda enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Amanda attended Pearl River Central High School and graduated in 2018.

She is currently a junior at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is majoring in Business Administration.

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Hannah Weir

Legal Assistant

 

Hannah Weir is the Legal Assistant at Cruse Law Firm. She graduated in 2020 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of West Alabama. She hopes to become a Forensic Psychologist and work with adolescents involved in the courts.

 

In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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