Sharon Adkins joined Coker Law in January 2020 as a legal assistant to Steve Watrel and the nursing home team. Sharon was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and – by way of the mountains of North Carolina – settled in Jacksonville in 2015. She began working in title closings in 1999, expertly drafting articles of incorporation, bylaws, stock certificates, money mortgage purchasing, promissory notes and deeds. She brings her excellent organizational skills, can-do attitude and vibrant personality to our team. While at work, Sharon organizes case files, drafts correspondence and pleadings, schedules calendars and events, and provides team litigation support. Outside of the office, Sharon gardens on her lanai; cooks fabulous food; takes cruises; hikes with her rescue pup, Mea’Ola; and spends time with her son, daughter and three beautiful grandkids.
Kelly Anderson, legal assistant, has nearly a decade of legal experience in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. Since August 2018, she has provided attorney and paralegal support for Coker Law, including the scheduling of hearings, depositions and mediations. She is a NALA Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal and a Florida Registered Paralegal with The Florida Bar. When this New Jersey transplant is not at work, she enjoys boating, fishing and sports, and was even a Certified Florida Master Gardner in St. Johns County. In May 2018, Kelly served as a living organ donor, successfully donating a life-saving portion of her liver to a family member who was in desperate need. She and her husband, Gene, have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Kaitlyn.
Cristiana E. Bachman, paralegal to Janeen Kirch, joined Coker Law in September 2017. She assists our attorneys with pre-litigation, litigation, mediation and trial in the areas of motor vehicle accidents and other personal injury matters. Cristiana is admitted by the Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal and is a Certified Paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She 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. In her free time, Cristiana enjoys Pilates, reading and beading, and spending time with her high school sweetheart, family, friends and pets.
Becky Biastre has spent all 21-plus years of her legal career at Coker Law, first with Charles A. Sorenson and now, Chase Sorenson. Focused on the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, Becky works cases from inception to closing. She orders, retrieves and organizes records in order to create an overall picture of each client’s medical and work history, as well as the losses they’ve sustained. As a litigation paralegal, she helps the firm’s attorneys chronicle the story of their clients’ tragic events, readying it for presentation at settlement negotiations, mediation, or eventual trial. Becky empathetically helps to portray the plaintiffs’ situations and the toll that their accidents or life-altering events have taken on their lives, working incessantly to get them the best end-recovery possible. Becky is a Jacksonville native, 26-year wife, and mother of two adult daughters and a teenage son. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, tending plants and fervently reading.
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.
Denora Buben has been in the personal injury legal field for over 20 years, and part of the Coker Law family since 2008. She joined Coker Law as a legal assistant to Matthew Posgay, assisting him with cases from intake to conclusion, and has recently accepted a position as his paralegal. Denora was born and raised in Arizona, where she attended Pima Community College and earned her certificate in dental assisting before moving to Jacksonville in 1991. She is also proud to have served on active duty with the United States Navy for 5 1/2 years and the Naval Reserves for another four, making wonderful friends along the way. She has three children: two daughters and a son, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. On her personal time, she enjoys baseball, doing small home projects, and spending time with her family and friends – especially her grandchildren.
For 17 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 Office Administrator, and works 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! Outside of work, Kim enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Harper.
Yelena Chizhik was a treasured member of our Coker Law family, serving as our Trial Multimedia Specialist. From jury selection to closing arguments, Yelena helped guide our trial strategy and brought our clients’ cases to life via visual depiction to more than 100 juries. Yelena originated from Russia and had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and comparative literature from Omsk State University in Omsk, Russian Federation, and a degree in computer science from Florida State College of Jacksonville. Yelena was fluent in three languages, an active outdoorswoman, and participated in Schutzhund (a German word for tracking, protection, obedience training and sport with her German Shepherd, Primo). Sadly, we lost Yelena to breast cancer in 2019. Her family at Coker Law honors her memory through our commitment to causes and organizations that raise awareness about the disease, fund research for a cure, and provide support for patients and their families.
Brett Cole served for seven years as a dedicated teacher for Duval County Public Schools before joining the Coker Law team as a paralegal and trial specialist. Brett assists attorneys with trial preparation, and brings creativity and skill to media presentations for trial. Brett is currently working toward a Juris Doctor degree at Florida Coastal School of Law, and is excited to provide the highest quality of legal counsel for our clients. When he’s not studying law, Brett enjoys spending time outdoors: gardening, hiking, fishing and boating. As a graduate from Florida State University, Brett loves cheering on his Seminoles with his wife, Emma, and daughter, Dolores.
Christine Day joined Coker Law in 2019 and is currently the legal assistant to Chelsea Harris. She has worked as a paralegal for over 16 years and for the last year as a legal assistant. She took a few years off between 2000 through 2009 to raise her children. Before joining Coker Law she worked with Ms. Harris at her former law firm. She has 3 children, two are off to college and one is in high school, and she is a “bonus mom” to two adult step-children. She and her husband John Day love to travel, be outdoors or on the water and spending time with their kids.
Mario DeLeon joined Coker Law in early 2020 as a legal assistant to Fraz Ahmed and Dana Jacobs. He is in charge of scheduling hearings, depositions, mediations, CMEs and more for our team’s attorneys and paralegals. Before joining Coker Law, he graduated with his associate degree in paralegal studies and bachelor’s in business administration before completing his master’s in business administration at Everest University. With almost 20 years of civil litigation experience, Mario is experienced in handling medical malpractice and nursing home cases, as well as workers’ compensation, wrongful death, premises liability, construction and employment law. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisette, their son, MJ, and two mini-schnauzers. He also loves to visit his three older children and two grandchildren. When he’s not at the firm, you can catch him cooking in the kitchen, hanging out in his woodshop, or tackling small home-renovation projects.
Stephanie Hiers has worked as a paralegal under attorneys Dana Jacobs and Fraz Ahmed since 2019. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2012 before completing University of North Florida’s Paralegal Certificate Program in 2014. Stephanie is a Certified Paralegal through NALA, and a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida – First Coast Chapter (PAF FCC) and Northeast Florida Paralegal Association (NEFPA). Her areas of specialty include civil litigation, personal injury, auto accidents, premises liability and product liability. She is actively involved in the Jacksonville community through her volunteer work as a coach for Girls on the Run and as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys running, rollerblading, playing disc golf, singing karaoke with friends, and going to the beach.
Patricia Hill, paralegal to Steve Watrel, joined Coker Law in January 2020. Born in California, she moved to Jacksonville as a child and continues to call the River City her home. With 40 years experience
in personal injury, Patricia is a tremendous asset to our team. Her experience includes auto accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as commercial litigation, family law, and estate and trust planning. Her strength lies in litigation preparation and trial work for personal injury and wrongful death cases. In her free time, she likes to swim, garden and travel, and she adores her Pomeranians, Teddy and Sammie.
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.
Heather King joined Coker Law in March 2019 as an office services/ accounting associate, having seven years of experience as an office services specialist with a national law firm. In addition to overseeing the firm’s daily operations and accounting tasks, Heather is in charge of wrangling all of the data to make sure our case management system runs smoothly for the attorneys and other key support staff. Heather is an active member of Costumers with a Cause and co-owns her own art studio/shop called Lazy Girl Art Studio at Avonlea Antiques. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, creating costumes, practicing the cello and spending time with her wonderful 18-month-old, loving husband and amazing friends.
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 since 2007 and Dan Iracki since he’s been with the firm, 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 30 years and has her associate’s degree in paralegal studies. She attended Memphis State University and Florida State College at Jacksonville. She also served six years active duty in the United States Navy, coming out as a Petty Officer Second Class, 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 family and friends. She also added another fur baby to the family, named Esquire, who comes into the office regularly to spread his love.
Sarah Mahar joined Coker Law in 2020 as legal assistant to David Thompson. As a legal assistant for the firm, she is responsible for assisting, managing, scheduling and documenting cases. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Sara is a graduate of Paxon High School who went on to play collegiate soccer while receiving her bachelor’s degree from Lees-McRae College. She then earned her master’s degree while simultaneously working as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Concord University. Sarah moved back to the Jacksonville area in 2019 and joined our Coker Law team. Outside of the firm, she enjoys playing soccer, adventuring outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Gloria Marlow has been a part of the firm family for nine years as legal assistant to Aaron Sprague, and has recently started serving as a paralegal for Chelsea Harris, Joel Harris and Dan Iracki. Gloria completed coursework in paralegal studies at Jones College and has experience in family law and probate law, in addition to personal injury. Prior to joining Coker Law, she worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional at a school for profoundly handicapped children and was the ESE job coach for the Hamilton County School Board. Before entering the legal field, she spent many years as a day care teacher and stay-at-home mom. Gloria is a published romantic suspense author and freelance editor, and enjoys reading, writing, taking road trips, and spending time with her family, including her five grandchildren.
Liesa Mitchell was welcomed with open arms when she joined the firm in 2019 with Attorney W.C. Gentry. Prior to becoming W.C. Gentry’s legal assistant in 1996, Liesa had been working as a litigation legal assistant since 1979. In 1989, she was certified by the American Institution for Paralegal Studies as a certified paralegal and legal assistant. With more than 40 years of experience, particularly in personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases, Liesa understands what it takes to help the firm’s clients obtain the justice they deserve. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Church of Eleven-22, enjoys dancing with the Carolina Shag Club, playing her weekly poker game with close friends, reading, cooking, and traveling. Liesa also has three wonderful grandchildren.
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.
Alec Morrill joined the Coker Law team in June 2018. As a trial tech and media specialist, he helps with the creation of presentations and assists the attorneys in trial with legal resources. In his free time, Alec enjoys staying active by playing basketball and soccer, or going to the gym. He also enjoys music, whether it’s indulging in his favorite artists’ albums or having fun playing the guitar, piano and drums.
Leigh-Anne Morrill is the senior trial paralegal for Dan Iracki’s trial team. Originally with Coker Law from 2002-2007, she brought her 20 years of experience in trial work back to the firm in 2014. She obtained her associates degree in paralegal studies in 2001 from Florida State College at Jacksonville, and expects to graduate in spring 2021 with a bachelor’s in management and supervision. 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, where 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.
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.
Gregory Oboikovitz joined the Coker Law team in 2019. Gregory brings extensive experience to the firm, including 24 years as a private investigator. Originally a Chicago native, Gregory now enjoys all that Florida has to offer. In his spare time, he enjoys vacationing with his wife, Cara, and their children. When he’s not investigating, Gregory is also an avid movie watcher.
Laura Page, a 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 Macclenny, 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.
With the firm for over five years, Kristie Renaud works a legal assistant for Partner Dan Iracki. Her goal is to assist the team in ensuring the utmost in client satisfaction. She’s been in the legal field for over 14 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 family game nights, attending Jaguars games and walking around and dining in St. Augustine.
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.
April Tapp joined Coker Law in January 2020 as the nursing home
litigation team’s intake and client relations strategist. She manages the
nursing home intakes and the pre-litigation portion of each nursing home
case, creates digital presentations, and provides technology support
for litigation and trial. Additionally, she serves as the firm’s Business
Development and Client Relations marketing strategist and liaison. With
a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in psychology from Lyon College
in Batesville, Arkansas, April taught high school English for many years
and is now putting her expertise in communications to work for us.
Energetic and vivacious, she focuses on building relationships with
colleagues, current and past clients, and the community, to ensure that
the firm provides excellent service and exceeds expectations for those
we work with. She is also eager to assist with client needs and works
diligently with those who contact us, to the success of both client and
firm. When not hard at work, April can usually be found at the beach or the CrossFit gym.
Laura Wiese has been a personal injury paralegal for 13 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 accounting from University of North Florida.
Our firm family just would not be complete without Gracie and Gar. Integral parts of office life, these two lovable dogs are at the office every day and are as much a part of the firm as any of their human counterparts. Gar, 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. These dogs 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, hunting for any leftovers.