Becky Biastre, Legal Assistant to Charles Sorenson, has been with the firm for more than 15 years. She is responsible for new client intake, scheduling and calendaring events, preparing pleadings, communicating with the court, and providing litigation support. Over her tenure, Becky has provided services to hundreds of clients at the firm from the inception of their cases. She is credited for her strong organizational skills, and being a caring and sympathetic listener in our clients’ times of need. She has assisted Mr. Sorenson and his staff in preparing for numerous personal injury, and wrongful death trials at the firm, to date. During her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, attending their events and activities. She also volunteers and serves within her church.
Fearlessly tracking down the information we need for our cases is Walt Brozowski, our firm investigator for 26 years. Walt’s investigative background began in 1982 with his completion of the United States Marine Corps intelligence school. He served as an intelligence analyst at G-2 Division Headquarters with the Second Marine Division and with the S-2 intelligence section attached to Third Battalion, Second Marines, obtaining a top secret security clearancefor access to highly classified and sensitive U.S. Government intelligence information. In 1988, he joined our firm and has investigated a wide variety of cases, including automobile accidents, premises liability, wrongful death and products liability. Walt is licensed as a private investigator by the State of Florida and is presently a member of the National Association of Legal Investigator and was the instructor of the Legal Investigation class offered by the University of North Florida, Continuing Education, Paralegal Program from 1990 to 1999. When Walt isn’t investigating, he enjoys traveling with his wife Frances, attending Jaguars and Suns games and working on home projects in his backyard.
Part of our family for more than 5 years is Denora Buben, Legal Assistant to Matthew Posgay. Denora helps keeps Matthew Posgay’s caseload organized and moving forward. She handles scheduling, drafts pleadings and ensures our clients’ stay up to date on their case progress. She has been in the legal field since 1994, working her way up from receptionist and now has a wealth of experience in personal injury. Another one of our veterans, Denora served on active duty with the United States Navy for five and a half years and the Reserves for another four. When she’s not hard at work, she enjoys fishing, watching baseball and spending time with family.
For 12 years, Kim Chewning has kept us organized at Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki. Starting out as a bright spirit and friendly face at the front desk, she answered our phone, greeted our clients and maintained the general office administration duties. In 2013, she moved up to the role of Billing Administrator, working alongside Sherry on accounts receivable, opening and closing files, managing supplies and general human resource functions. In addition, she organizes our firm events and parties which is a big job in and of itself! In her spare time, Kim spends time with her family, attends church, reads and watches movies.
Yelena Chizhik, our Trial Multimedia Specialist, brings with her 15 years of experience in visual trial presentation and has participated in close to 100 jury trials. She joined our firm officially in October 2013 but has been creating our cutting-edge trial multimedia presentations since 2001. From jury selection to closing arguments, Yelena helps guide trial strategy and truly brings our clients’ cases to life in a visual depiction. Yelena is originally from Russia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and comparative literature from Omsk State University in Omsk, Russian Federation. She also received her associate in computer science from Florida State College. Besides being a Powerpoint pro and fluent in three languages, Yelena is also an active outdoorswoman, enjoying stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, Schutzhund (tracking, protection and obedience training and sport with her German Shepherd, Primo), yoga and reading.
Erana A. Hammond, who joined the firm in late 2014, provides excellent legal assistance to attorneys David Rottmann and Mary Guilfoil. Her responsibilities include filing pleadings, scheduling and calendaring hearings and events, handling correspondence, managing case files and communicating with the court. Prior to joining the firm, Erana served two tours of duty in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Systems Technician-Reconnaissance and Signals Intelligence Analyst stationed in Hawaii and Virginia. In June 2013, she transitioned out of the Navy and began her career as a legal assistant. We are happy to have her on board with us. When not busy at work, Erana enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Lovingly referred to as the Sergeant, Evie Jackson makes sure that the firm machine is always running smoothly and everyone is executing their given assignments. Legal assistant to Howard Coker and Dan Iracki for the past eight years, Evie is an expert in putting out fires and keeping everyone in line. In addition to filing pleadings, scheduling, managing case files and preparing demands, Evie keeps us laughing with her upbeat personality and contagious smile. Her energy is palpable. She has been a legal assistant / paralegal for the last 25 years and recently graduated with her associate’s degree in paralegal studies. She attended Memphis State University, served six years active duty in the United States Navy and was Sailor of the Quarter. When she’s not busy keeping things afloat at the firm, Evie volunteers at the Clara White Mission with her Order of Eastern Star sisters, sings in her church choir and spends time with her wonderful son and Rottweiler dog.
Gloria Marlow has been a part of the firm family for three years as legal assistant to Aaron Sprague and David Milton. She works hard preparing demands, filing pleadings, handling correspondence and scheduling. Gloria completed coursework in paralegal studies at Jones College and has experience in family law and probate law in addition to personal injury. Just prior to joining us, she worked as a substitute teacher at a school for profoundly handicapped children and was the ESE job coach for the Hamilton County School Board. Gloria is also a romantic suspense author, andher sixth novel will be published late this year. She also enjoys reading, cooking, canning, making jelly and pickles and spending time with her grandsons.
Leigh-Anne Morrill, paralegal to Howard Coker and Dan Iracki, worked with us from 2002 to 2007, left for a few years, and then re-joined the firm in 2014. We’re so happy to have her back as she’s a hard worker with a great spirit, a wonderful part of our firm family. With 12 years of experience in trial work, Leigh-Anne has handled very large, document-intensive cases with multiple parties including a products liability case with tens of thousands of documents. She has also covered a number of lengthy trials in counties all over the state and in federal court. Her areas of expertise include trucking cases, products liability and medical malpractice. Prior to her legal career, Leigh-Anne worked as a surgical assistant before joining the United States Navy. She started out in the branch medical clinic in the Navy but eventually was trained as a jet mechanic and worked on F-18 planes as part of the first group of women permitted to work on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. After her naval service, she returned to the medical field working in pediatrics for eight years. When she’s not hard at work at the firm, Leigh-Anne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking, football and soccer.
Since 1991, Theresa Poulin has been an integral part of our firm as a legal assistant. She is responsible for client and file management and assisting Charles Sorenson in all aspects of lawsuits, from mediation to trial preparation and courtroom support. She has assisted in workers’compensation, subrogation law, products liability, personal injury law and premise liability cases. Prior to working as a paralegal, Theresa worked for the Social Security Administration and the Clerk of Courts in Maclenny, Florida where she was lead clerk in all trials. Theresa graduated with honors from Florida Community College of Jacksonville for completion of studies in the area of special needs education for elementary-age children. Always striving to stay current with the industry, she has also completed continuing legal courses at University of North Florida and Florida Community College of Jacksonville. When she’s not hard at work preparing for trial, Theresa enjoys crafting, reading, gardening and running.
Brand new to the firm but very experienced in the profession, Kristie Renaud is a welcome addition to the team. As a legal assistant for Partner Dan Iracki, she maintains his calendar, scheduled new appointments and works with the team to ensure the utmost in client satisfaction. She’s been in the legal field for nine years and is skilled at assisting in complex legal issues, mediation and trial preparation. Prior to her career in law, she worked in the health insurance industry. When Mr. Iracki’s packed trial schedule is not keeping her busy, Kristie enjoys attending Jaguars and Suns games and walking around and dining in St. Augustine with her family and friends.
Robyn Scull, paralegal to Jake Schickel, started with the firm in 1984 after graduating from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, GA. She is a Florida Registered Paralegal. She worked at the firm until 2002, left for a few years, then returned in 2010 and we’re so glad to have her back. Her areas of expertise include pre-litigation, litigation and trials for complex personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and medical malpractice cases. With several years of insurance defense and subrogation experience, Robyn has a great understanding of what it takes to help the firm’s clients obtain the justice they deserve. Robyn is actively involved with the Paralegal Association of Florida, First Coast Chapter and Florida Justice Association, Paralegal. She enjoys going to the beach and traveling and is active in the preschool ministries at her church. Robyn is a 2nd degree black belt in Okinawan Kenpo Karate.
Our firm family just would not be complete without Gunner and Gracie. Integral parts of office life, these two lovable Labradors are at the office every day and are as much a part of the firm as any of their human counterparts. Gunner, a yellow lab, and Gracie, a silver lab with blue eyes, are Howard and Sherry Coker’s professionally trained hunting dogs and official office pets. Gunner is the seasoned veteran, sharp as a tack and always on point, while Gracie is the puppy, full of energy and ready to play. Just like their dad, these pups have hearts of gold but when it’s time to go to work, they are passionate and precise. Their favorite spot is in Howard’s office or at your desk after lunch, sniffing out any leftovers.