Cristiana E. Bachman, paralegal to Stefano Portigliatti, joined Coker Law in September 2017. She assists our attorneys with pre-litigation, litigation, mediation and trial in the areas of trucking and other motor vehicle accidents, personal injury and wrongful death matters. Cristiana is a Florida Registered Paralegal through the Florida Bar. She earned the Certified Paralegal status through the National Association of Legal Assistants, completed the Barry University Paralegal Program and earned an associate’s degree from Florida International University. She has more than 30 years of legal experience, the majority of which was in insurance, medical malpractice and nursing home defense. Cristiana’s experience from the defense perspective aids in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. Cristiana is the proud mother of a recent University of Florida graduate. When not working, she enjoys Pilates and spending time with her husband, family and pets.
Becky Biastre, a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, has spent all 19 years of her legal career at Coker Law with Charles A. Sorenson, first as his secretary, then legal assistant. She now serves as his, as well as Chase Sorenson’s, paralegal. Focused on the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, Becky works cases from inception to closing, ordering and organizing records retrieval and creating medical chronologies to create an overall picture of each client’s medical history. As a litigation paralegal, she helps the firm’s attorneys prepare for hearings or trial. Becky is a Jacksonville native, wife and mother of three. A self-declared homebody, she enjoys being involved in her children’s activities, reading novels and watching TV. She also shows her green thumb cultivating potted plants and tending to the roses, aloe plants, blueberries, figs and other flora on her farm.
Lauren Biastre is the center of communication at Coker Law, answering phones, greeting clients and managing general clerical duties. The smiling face behind the front desk, Lauren began working with the firm in October 2016 and loves being a part of the Coker Law team. She spends her free time practicing yoga, beekeeping honeybees and cooking new recipes for her friends and family.
Heather Brown is a paralegal to Lindsay Tygart, with whom she had worked for five years prior to joining Coker Law in 2017. She has worked in the legal field since 1992, assisting in family law, criminal defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability and FELA cases. For the past 10 years, her focus has been on pre-suit litigation, litigation and trial assistance in complex medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases. Heather received a Paralegal Certificate from the School of Paralegal Studies in Atlanta in 1998 and has worked on more than 17 trials throughout Florida and Georgia. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, going to the beach, mountain biking and traveling.
Fran Brozowski has more than 25 years of civil litigation experience in the areas of consumer finance and business, insurance defense, plaintiff personal injury, and commercial and general litigation. As a legal secretary for the firm, she handles new client intakes; scheduling and calendaring hearings, depositions, mediations and other events; creating, organizing and managing case files; drafting correspondence and pleadings; communicating with the court and providing team litigation support. She has been with Coker Law since 2017. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Walt, spending time with family and friends, and working on her home and garden.
Fearlessly tracking down the information we need for our cases is Walt Brozowski, our firm investigator for 30 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 clearance for 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. Additionally, Walt has been licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as a U.A.S. (drone) pilot since 2016. He provides aerial photography for a number of Coker Law cases in order to offer high-definition imagery for unique and alternative perspectives. 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 the Coker Law family for more than five 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 Law. 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.
Debbie Frick has been with Coker Law since 2016, and is currently the legal assistant to Janeen Kirch and Joel Harris. She started her law career while at Lockyear College, working for the Vandeburgh Circuit Court in Evansville, Indiana, before graduating with her associate’s degree. She has worked with the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Services and the Federal U.S. Probation Office, and spent 16 years as a secretary with the State Attorney’s Office prior to coming to Coker Law. She loves family time, relaxing by the pool, going to the beach and working in her yard.
Kimberly Heine is the paralegal to Matthew Posgay, focusing on the area of civil litigation. Prior to joining Coker Law in 2018, she spent 26 years as a paralegal working in plaintiff and insurance defense firms, as well as a nonprofit advocacy organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a Florida Registered Paralegal.
Erana Kellison is the office administrator for the community association division of Coker Law. In addition to overseeing the daily operations and billing of the division, Erana assists Mary Guilfoil and David Rottmann with case management, recording, scheduling and correspondence. Before joining the firm in 2014, Erana completed two tours with the U.S. Navy and obtained a degree in intelligence studies from American Military University. Erana and her husband, Alex, recently welcomed their first child and are enjoying spending their free time as a new 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. 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.
Sarath McClennon is a case manager in the community association division of Coker Law, responsible for assisting attorneys Mary Guilfoil and David Rottmann with approximately 200 active cases. Sarath was born in Thailand and speaks three languages: English, Thai and Khmer. She is a graduate of Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology and Ashworth College, a new wife and mother to her handsome son and an English bulldog. In her spare time, she manages her event planning business and scouts new restaurants.
Kristina McKenzie came to Coker Law in May 2018 as a legal assistant to Stefano Portigliatti, helping with attorney needs for trial, client contact, record ordering and meeting coordination. She has three years of personal injury experience and has been recognized multiple times as Employee of the Month at her previous firm. Kristina has also served the community as a weekend volunteer and administrative assistant for the Generation Next Christian Teen Center. She enjoys watching football and going to the beach with her husband and their two children, a 3-year-old son and 16-month-old daughter.
Kim Moody has worked in the legal field for more than 30 years, first as a litigation paralegal, and for the past decade, as a legal administrator. She joined Coker Law in November 2017. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and is a registered paralegal with the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and pets, and working in her garden.
Annette Morris started with Coker Law in 1987 as a billing/data entry clerk before moving to secretary for Charles A. Sorenson in 1989. Working by day and attending school by night, she obtained her associate’s degree in paralegal studies in 1995 from Florida State College at Jacksonville. A move to Virginia took Annette away from Coker Law in 1999. She returned in April 2018 as a Florida Registered Paralegal, having secured 18 years of paralegal experience in both the plaintiff and defense areas of personal injury and a decade of experience in family law. With a collective 30 years in the legal environment, Annette has managed litigation cases in both state and federal court, helping attorneys prepare for mediation and trials in the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, premise liability, products liability and wrongful death. When not at work, Annette enjoys the outdoors, gardening, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Leigh-Anne Morrill is the senior trial paralegal for Dan Iracki’s trial team. Originally with Coker Law from 2002-2007, she brought her 16 years of experience in trial work back to the firm in 2014. Leigh-Anne has handled large, document-intensive cases with multiple parties and has covered a number of lengthy trials throughout the state in county and federal courts, specifically in the areas of complex personal injury and wrongful death. Prior to her legal career, she was a surgical assistant before joining the U.S. Navy. She served in the medical clinic, and then became an F-18 fighter jet mechanic and part of the first group of women permitted to work on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. When she’s not hard at work at the firm, Leigh-Anne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking and hiking.
Laura Page, paralegal to Fraz Ahmed, is in her second tenure with the firm. She began with Coker Law in 1988, originally as a runner and back-up receptionist. Her experience was so positive that she decided to attend the University of North Florida Paralegal Studies to obtain her Paralegal Certificate. While attending UNF, Howard Coker was her instructor in her Legal Investigation class. Mr. Coker told Laura that if she earned an A in his class, he would allow her to complete her internship with the firm. She did, and worked with the firm as a paralegal until 1994. Laura left for many years and returned in February 2018 after gaining invaluable experience. She has been in the legal field for 30 years and is a Florida Registered Paralegal. Her areas of expertise include litigation in personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice and trucking. Laura has been the lead paralegal for more than 20 trials, which is her favorite part of her job. Laura is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida – First Coast Chapter (PAF FCC), Northeast Florida Paralegal Association (NEFPA), National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the Florida Justice Association – Paralegal (FJA). When Laura is not working hard at the firm, she enjoys volunteering at her church, spending time with her husband and two children, watching her daughter cheer, watching her son play baseball and basketball, and loving on her precious dog, Tucker.
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.
Sharon Talbert had worked as a legal assistant for 15 years before obtaining her paralegal degree from University of North Florida in 1997. She joined Coker Law in 2016 as a paralegal to Jake Schickel and Lindsay Tygart, assisting with medical malpractice intake calls, preparing demands, and offering litigation and trial support. She has experience in the areas of commercial construction, employment, estate planning, real estate, federal and state criminal defense, aviation, family and probate, and worked with the Office of General Counsel for Jacksonville. In her personal time, she enjoys crafting, thrifting, traveling, attending local events, and spending time with family and friends.
Brittany Tygart, legal assistant to Lindsay Tygart, joined Coker Law in April 2018. After graduating from Florida State University in 2012, Brittany brings a six-year background as a medical assistant to Coker Law’s medical malpractice division. She applies that experience to the review and investigation of medical records, identifying and researching any potential deviations from the standard of care. Brittany also provides administrative assistance with filing, record requests, phone calls and client intake processes. An avid soccer player, Brittany currently plays in both a kickball and a co-ed soccer league. When not traveling to Nashville, DC, Miami or Atlanta for national tournaments, she loves to frequent dog-friendly, local restaurants and breweries with her 6-year-old Bluetick Coonhound, June Bug.
Laura Wiese has been a personal injury paralegal for 11 years, with experience in both plaintiff and defense in the areas of aviation law, dram shop and construction law. She worked with Coker Law from 2007-2008 before returning in 2016, currently managing litigation cases in both state and federal court and helping attorneys prepare for mediation and trials in the areas of personal injury, automobile accidents, premise liability, products liability and wrongful death. Graduating in 2008 from Florida State College at Jacksonville with her associate’s in paralegal studies, Laura was also a Florida Registered Paralegal from 2011-2014. She helped to form the First Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida and served as the Newsletter Chair. When not at work, Laura enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, crocheting, spending time with her children, Ella, Matthew and Silas, and working toward her bachelor’s in finance from University of North Florida.
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.