Frank D. Edens

Frank D. Edens is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch law firm. Edens has more 20 years of experience launching online ventures geared to the legal industry. He is President and CEO of USLegal, Inc. and has been a driving force behind the growth of USLegalForms.com.  Edens recognized early on that the Internet would fundamentally change the way people get legal information and how lawyers offer their services. Frank received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University (B.S., 1979) and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1984 (J.D. Cum Laude, graduated 2nd/79). Frank joined Lem Adams to form Adams & Edens, P.A., in 1985. In 1995, Edens and Adams owned their first Internet company, LawNetCom, Inc. (LNC). It was success with LNC that paved the way for Edens and Adams to found USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998 and subsequently USLegal, Inc. in 2005.

Edens was raised in Okolona, Mississippi and is a graduate of The Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee (Cum Laude 1975) where he was member of Perfect Council.

Edens became CEO of USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998, the top ranked legal forms internet publishing company, and has steered the growth of USLegalForms.com for almost 20 years.

Carrie Criado

Carrie Criado is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch law firm. Criado is also Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously, she was an Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado has also served as Communications Director for Al Gore’s The Climate Project and as a staff attorney and Director of Public Relations for USLegal, Inc. Criado has worked for KVII-TV, KEYT-TV, KUHT-TV, and The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt. Criado has taught communications law and journalism courses at Southern Methodist University and Middle Tennessee State. She was a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission. Criado received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado is licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee.

Jayne Welch

Jayne Welch is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch law firm. She is also Director of Production and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously she was an assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury Connecticut, after having been in private practice for nearly a decade handling all aspects of litigation and legal transactions.  She also has extensive background as a Realtor and knowledge of marketing and fundraising in the private sector having worked for many large and small organizations.  Welch graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a BSBA and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Mississippi.

Affiliated Attorneys

California

Angelina Bradley

Angelina Bradley is actively licensed in California, the District of Columbia and the state of Colorado.  She also is admitted before several federal and military courts as well as administrative agencies.  Her practice focuses on representing working parents and entrepreneurs in the areas of contracts, litigation, business formation as well as family law.  Angelina is an accomplished public speaker and writer. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.

Maria J. Gangemi

Maria Gangemi has extensive experience guiding corporate and individual clients through significant business and personal decisions, and dispute resolution. As an Ohio attorney, she has engaged in solo practice since 2014.  She is also a member of the California, New York, and New Jersey state bars, and is in addition admitted to practice in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; California’s Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern federal district courts; and the federal district court of New Jersey.

Salutatorian of the Findlay High School Class of ’99, Maria graduated cum laude in field from Harvard College in 2003. She received her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the editorial board of USC’s Review of Law and Women’s Studies/Review of Law and Social Justice. She was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and began her legal career with three years at the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, followed by two years as counsel for the startup enterprise consulting company Frontier Technologies Consortium. A clerkship at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2012 to 2014 afforded Maria additional insights into the judicial decision-making process.   She is admitted to practice in Ohio, California, New York and New Jersey.

Nicole Henderson

Nicole Henderson practices in family law, estate planning, personal injury, and civil litigation.  Ms. Henderson is experienced in both plaintiff and defense work with respect to these areas of law.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.  Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a Pre-law emphasis from Washington State University.  While at Washington State University she was a member of the track and field team.  Ms. Henderson is admitted to practice in both California and North Carolina.  In her free time, Ms. Henderson enjoys running, public speaking, and spending time with her family.  Ms. Henderson is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.

Jennifer R. Trowbridge

Jennifer Trowbridge practices corporate securities, corporate finance, and transactional law as well as business litigation and employment law.  She works with both private and publicly traded companies with SEC offering and periodic filing compliance. Her focus is on ensuring a client’s compliance with state and federal laws; securities, corporate, employment and otherwise. She teaches Introduction to Business Entities at the University of San Diego Paralegal Program.  Jennifer earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, her Generalist Paralegal Certificate, with Honors, from the University of San Diego Paralegal Program, and her Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She is admitted to practice law in California. Ms. Trowbridge is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego and California Women Lead.

Colorado

Angelina Bradley

Angelina Bradley is actively licensed in California, the District of Columbia and the state of Colorado.  She also is admitted before several federal and military courts as well as administrative agencies.  Her practice focuses on representing working parents and entrepreneurs in the areas of contracts, litigation, business formation as well as family law.  Angelina is an accomplished public speaker and writer. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.

Whitney N. Manning

Whitney N. Manning has worked in the private sector, specifically focusing on litigation within family law. Previously, Whitney also held a one-year judicial clerkship for the domestic relations division in Weld County, Colorado. Whitney is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee. During her time in Memphis, Whitney worked for the Hon. George W. Emerson, Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Hon. Robert S. Weiss of the Shelby County Circuit Court. Whitney is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Colorado.

Connecticut

Jayne Welch

Jayne Welch is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. She is also Director of Production and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously she was an assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury Connecticut, after having been in private practice for nearly a decade handling all aspects of litigation and legal transactions.  Welch also has extensive background as a Realtor and knowledge of marketing and fundraising in the private sector having worked for many large and small organizations.  Welch graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a BSBA and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Mississippi.

District of Columbia

Angelina Bradley

Angelina Bradley is actively licensed in California, the District of Columbia and the state of Colorado.  She also is admitted before several federal and military courts as well as administrative agencies.  Her practice focuses on representing working parents and entrepreneurs in the areas of contracts, litigation, business formation as well as family law.  Angelina is an accomplished public speaker and writer. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.

Raymond Carignan

Raymond Carignan was first admitted to the bar in 1986. Currently admitted in Maryland District of Columba , Virginia , and West Virginia.  He has handled over 8,000 cases.  He has extensive litigation and trial experience.  In addition to completing a JD, he also has a Masters in the science of Management (M.S.M.).  He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Howard County Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Lawyer Pilot Bar Association.

Steve Harvey

Steven Harvey has extensive experience in civil and criminal cases.  He also has performed compliance and regulatory work experience  representing corporations and the government.   He also has servced as  legislative correspondent for a US Congressman.  He is a graduate The Catholic University of American Columbus School of Law and the University of Maryland.  He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the state of  Maryland.

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is an award-winning Washington, D.C. attorney who has worked as a corporate advisor, a criminal defense attorney and represented clients in employment cases. Some of the cases were pro bono for low-income persons. His four books include a legal manual on job safety law. In his dual role as a legal affairs journalist, he maintains a website and blog called The Legal Forum. He speaks English, Spanish and French.

Kathlyne Rog

Kathryne Rog has worked as a Veterans Claims Practitioner for the US Court of Appeals and is also an experienced document reviewer and financial consultant.  She is bilingual in Spanish and a former member of the Peace Corps.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.

Florida

Shera E. Anderson

Shera E. Anderson received her JD degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center in 2009 and during her law school tenure served on the both the Law Review and Moot Court team.  Shera has served as an associate and compliance officer in private practice with a large South Florida law firm since her admission to the Florida Bar in 2009.  Shera’s areas of concentration include:  Employment Law; Debt Defense & FDCPA; Debt Collection; Landlord/Tenant; Contracts; Special Needs Law; Disability Law; Education Law; and Appellate matters.

Nicholas T. Gentile

Nicholas T. Gentile received his JD degree from Nova University in 1980.  He worked for two years with the local Legal Aid office and then was appointed as an assistant public defender. In 1984, Gentile went into private practice. His areas of concentration are Family Law, Criminal Law, Mortgage foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant as well as general civil litigation.

Jacob J. Linhart

Jacob J. Linhart has been practicing law for thirty-two years.  He received his JD from the University of Miami School of Law and is licensed to practice in the States of Florida, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia. An experienced negotiator, litigator and in-house counsel, his areas of concentration are Creditors’ Rights, Collections, Judgment Enforcement and general civil litigation.

Sheereen Middleton

Sheereen Middleton is from Silver Spring, MD, and moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 2002. While attending UM, Sheereen was a member of the cheerleading squad and cheered for the football team, volleyball team, and basketball team. After graduating from UM, she attended law school at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. Sheereen is a licensed Attorney and Realtor® in both Maryland and Florida. Today, she practices Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate Administration. When Sheereen is not in the office, she enjoys spending time at the beach, being amongst friends and family. She volunteers in the community and has a passion for helping others. Her professional approach and knowledge are key in resolving clients’ issues.

Georgia

Quinton D. Johnson

Quinton D. Johnson’s practice focuses on general business advice, contracts, and other transactional matters for businesses and individuals alike.  He began his career, in the New York office of an international law firm, advising financial institutions  and large private and public companies (around the world) on transactional and governance matters. Following his time in New York, he returned to his home state of Georgia and refocused his practice to assist startups, small businesses, and individuals with navigating the transactional side of the legal system.

Quinton earned a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2010 and a BA in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2005. During his time as a law student, he was an active member in the student body and the broader Bay Area community through his membership with law journals and other student organizations. Additionally, he served as an extern for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Quinton Is licensed to practice law in Georgia and New York.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones has worked as a public defender serving the community of Atlanta.   He also works as a associate profession for the  Univerity of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security.   He is a graduate of the Southern University Law Center and Louisiana State University.

Illinois

Clara E. Duffield

Clara Duffield is a seasoned intellectual property, technology, business, and transactional lawyer, representing hedge funds, financial services companies, and technology companies in a wide variety of transactional matters.

Clara formed Duffield Law, P.C., a certified woman-owned small business, with the goal of offering high-quality legal services at an affordable rate.

John Landry

John Landry has a strong background in real estate and backruptcy law.  He has been a title writing agent for several decades.  He has also served as corporate counsel for private corporations.  He is a graduate of John Marshall Law School.

Jen Mitchell

Jen Mitchell graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. Since then, Jen has focused her career on litigation and mediation of contentious disputes. Her passion area is Family Law, and she earned her mediation certification in 2010 and life coaching certification in 2015, to better assist her in handling family disputes in a more positive manner. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Djuana O’Connor Oshin

Djuana O’Connor Oshin is an experienced family law attorney serving both private clients as well as domestic violence clients.  She litigates divorce and family law proceedings and has also served as an adjunct professor on domestic violence and family law matters.  She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and is a certified mediator.

Indiana

Roger R. Ochoa

Roger R Ochoa obtained his JD from Loyola University – Chicago in 2005.  Roger has extensive trial experience representing individuals involved in personal injury litigation as well as corporations, businesses and start-ups involved in insurance coverage, mediation, as well as contract negotiations and disputes.

Roger also represents and advises clients in asset protection including probate, wills and trusts.  Over his career, Roger has represented individuals, closing companies and banks in real estate transactions including preparing deeds, power of attorney documents, affidavits of death, subordination agreements, attorney opinions, mortgage release and opinion letters, unrecorded mortgage matters, lis pendends, foreclosure and tax sales.  Roger also specializes in assisting individuals seeking to expunge or seal records.

Iowa

Melissa C. Lewis

Melissa C. Lewis has extensive experience as an associate attorney, owner attorney, and corporate counsel practicing in the following areas of law but not limited:  general practice, contract, corporate, criminal, disability, document review, employment, real estate, estate planning and probate, family, guardianship, juvenile, municipal, property, and small claims.  She holds a J.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.  After relocating to her hometown in Iowa, she passed the bar exam in 2008 and is licensed to practice in the State of Iowa.  She holds a B.S. in dietetics with honors from Iowa State University, a M.S. in sports nutrition and wellness with honors from Illinois State University.  Melissa is also a registered dietitian (R.D.) with experience as a clinical dietitian and adjunct professor.

Kansas

Jonathan Lowrey

Jonathan Lowrey is litigator practicing in the great Kansas City Metropolitan area. With dual degrees in Business and Public Administration from Northwest Missouri State University (B.S. 2007) and law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City (J.D. 2007) he fights for business and business minded.  He has taken dozens of real estate, contract enforcement, and compliance issues to trial with positive results, leaning in part on experience gained in part from his selection to join the prestigious Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy under the supervision of Federal Magistrate Hon. Robert E. Larson and current Missouri Supreme Court Justice Hon. W. Brent Powell.  Jonathan also assists individuals with specialized trusts and asset protection.

Jonathan is from a small farming community in Pattonsburg Missouri and enjoys volunteering with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, American Inns of Court, and legal committee for the National Fraternity of Phi Sigma Kappa.  He is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Kansas.

Louisiana

Taciana Williams Hardmon

Taciana Williams Hardmon is an attorney and legal research consultant at Hardmon Legal Group, P.C., where she focuses on personal injury, real estate, employment, consumer, and probate law.  She earned her A.B. from Georgetown University, her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans, and her MLIS from the University of North Texas.  A proud logophile and bibliophile, prior to working as an attorney, she worked for five years as a law librarian, teaching legal research to students and faculty.  Taciana grew up in New Orleans, La., and is licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana.

Christopher LaCour

Christopher LaCour is an active general practitioner with extensive experience in successions, family and criminal law.  He has served also as a public defender for Rapides Parish.  He is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Souther University and A & M College.

Maryland

Raymond Carignan

Raymond Carignan was first admitted to the bar in 1986. Currently admitted in Maryland District of Columba , Virginia , and West Virginia.  He has handled over 8,000 cases.  He has extensive litigation and trial experience.  In addition to completing a JD, he also has a Masters in the science of Management (M.S.M.).  He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Howard County Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Lawyer Pilot Bar Association.

Steve Harvey

Steven Harvey has extensive experience in civil and criminal cases.  He also has performed compliance and regulatory work experience  representing corporations and the government.   He also has servced as  legislative correspondent for a US Congressman.  He is a graduate The Catholic University of American Columbus School of Law and the University of Maryland.  He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the state of  Maryland.

Gregory Kline

Gregory M. Kline has a wide array of experience representing clients in various civil and litigation matters.  As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Gregory M. Kline maintains a significant practice defending individuals accused of crimes in both state and federal courts.  Mr. Kline has extensive experience representing DUI/DWI defendants and is the author of the Anne Arundel DUI blog, which is full of helpful information for anyone facing a alcohol related driving charge.

In addition to his criminal defense work, Mr. Kline has also represented individuals in a wide variety of civil cases suh as personal injury, professional malpractice, contract and real estate disputes.   He is a member of the West Virginia, Maryland, Baltimore and Anne Arundel County Bar Associations.  He is a graduate of Capital Universty Law and Graduate Center.

Sheereen Middleton

Sheereen Middleton is from Silver Spring, MD, and moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 2002. While attending UM, Sheereen was a member of the cheerleading squad and cheered for the football team, volleyball team, and basketball team. After graduating from UM, she attended law school at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. Sheereen is a licensed Attorney and Realtor® in both Maryland and Florida. Today, she practices Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate Administration. When Sheereen is not in the office, she enjoys spending time at the beach, being amongst friends and family. She volunteers in the community and has a passion for helping others. Her professional approach and knowledge are key in resolving clients’ issues.

Onikki T. Walker

O.T. Walker is dual licensed in Maryland and New York with experience in employment law and the representation of creative individuals including athletes and entertainers.  She has served as an advocate in criminal court for the indigent and mentally ill .  She is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and has a background in broadcasting including winning an Emmy award.

Massachusetts

Feyisara O. Maxime

Feyisara Maxime is experienced attorney in criminal and civil litigation, immigration law, family, real estate and personal injury law.  She is also an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University working with students online in various legal subjects.  She is a graduate of Boston College Law School.

Michigan

David M. Trentadue

David Trentadue has been practicing law for twenty-four years. He received his Bachelors’ Degrees in History and Political Science from the University of New Orleans and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Currently in private practice, his areas of concentration include Estate Planning, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Collection, and Probate Matters.  He is licensed in all state and federal courts in Michigan.

Minnesota

Betsy Larson

Betsy Larson is the owner and founder of Betsy Larson Law Office in Lakeville, Minnesota focusing on Corporate and Small Business Law as well as Estate Planning. Previously, she held various In-House Counsel positions at Companies around Minnesota.  Betsy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BBA, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from Hamline Law School. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Mississippi

Frank Edens

Frank D. Edens is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. Edens is also President and CEO of USLegal, Inc. and has been a driving force behind the growth of its flagship website USLegalForms.com.  Edens recognized early on that the Internet would fundamentally change the way people get legal information and how lawyers offer their services.  He received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University (B.S., 1979) and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1984 (J.D. Cum Laude, graduated 2nd/79). He joined Lem Adams to form Adams & Edens, P.A., in 1985. In 1995, Edens and Adams owned their first Internet company, LawNetCom, Inc. (LNC). It was success with LNC that paved the way for Edens and Adams to found USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998 and subsequently USLegal, Inc. in 2005.

Edens was raised in Okolona, Mississippi and is a graduate of The Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee (Cum Laude 1975) where he was member of Perfect Council.

Edens became CEO of USLegal Forms, Inc. in 1998, the top ranked legal forms internet publishing company, and has steered the growth of USLegalForms.com for almost 20 years.

Jayne Welch

Jayne Welch is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. She is also Director of Production and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously she was an assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury Connecticut, after having been in private practice for nearly a decade handling all aspects of litigation and legal transactions.  Welch also has extensive background as a Realtor and knowledge of marketing and fundraising in the private sector having worked for many large and small organizations.  Welch graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a BSBA and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Mississippi.

Missouri

Jonathan Lowrey

Jonathan Lowrey is litigator practicing in the great Kansas City Metropolitan area. With dual degrees in Business and Public Administration from Northwest Missouri State University (B.S. 2007) and law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City (J.D. 2007) he fights for business and business minded.  He has taken dozens of real estate, contract enforcement, and compliance issues to trial with positive results, leaning in part on experience gained in part from his selection to join the prestigious Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy under the supervision of Federal Magistrate Hon. Robert E. Larson and current Missouri Supreme Court Justice Hon. W. Brent Powell.  Jonathan also assists individuals with specialized trusts and asset protection.

Jonathan is from a small farming community in Pattonsburg Missouri and enjoys volunteering with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, American Inns of Court, and legal committee for the National Fraternity of Phi Sigma Kappa.  He is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Kansas.

New Jersey

Kim Ackee

Kim Ackee is a legal professional with over 10 years’ experience, working in both the United States and the Caribbean. She is a highly organized individual who is both results and solution oriented. Having training in the United States and the Caribbean, Kim prefaced her Legal Education with an Associate of Arts in Business and a Bachelor of Science in Management. Her ability to adjust to fast changing circumstances and attention to detail allow her to function in various capacities whilst managing solo projects, as well as performing within collaborative teams. Over the years, she has demonstrated a consistent passion for helping small business owners meet their legal needs through assisting them with acquiring and completing documents which are required in order for small businesses to remain statutorily compliant. Her services to the small business community have helped her to make a difference by simplifying both the business operations and major legal processes for her clients.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School in 2007, her Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School in 2009 and her Masters of Law in Natural Resources Law and Policy from Dundee University in 2017.

 Maria J.  Gangemi

Maria Gangemi has extensive experience guiding corporate and individual clients through significant business and personal decisions, and dispute resolution. As an Ohio attorney, she has engaged in solo practice since 2014.  She is also a member of the California, New York, and New Jersey state bars, and is in addition admitted to practice in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; California’s Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern federal district courts; and the federal district court of New Jersey.

Salutatorian of the Findlay High School Class of ’99, Maria graduated cum laude in field from Harvard College in 2003. She received her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the editorial board of USC’s Review of Law and Women’s Studies/Review of Law and Social Justice. She was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and began her legal career with three years at the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, followed by two years as counsel for the startup enterprise consulting company Frontier Technologies Consortium. A clerkship at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2012 to 2014 afforded Maria additional insights into the judicial decision-making process.   She is admitted to practice in Ohio, California, New York and New Jersey.

Matthew Lepore

Matt Lepore started his legal career in 2008 as a litigator in North Jersey and Manhattan. In 2012, he opened a solo practice and become more entrenched with a small business as corporate counsel. He has owned a stake in a few different starts-ups that he advises regularly and he belongs to an angel investment group.  Matt is a seasoned commercial and corporate lawyer with experience drafting contracts, completing business to business mediation, assisting small businesses with business strategy and identifying and drafting other necessary transactional documents.  Additionally he can draft Wills, assist clients with estate planning, and act as inside counsel for companies going through civil litigation by drafting briefs and motions, discovery documents, and heading the case strategy (a tremendous cost saver to most companies).

Lisa J. Pietras

Lisa J. Pietras is an experienced attorney, who received her JD from Widener University.  While attaining her law degree, Ms. Pietras was awarded a Certificate in Torts, Dean’s List, and active member of Moot Court competitions.  While Ms. Pietras has spent over a decade in private practice, during that time she has been a senior associate, In House Counsel, CEO, President of the Board, Negotiator and Supervisory Counsel for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey litigation. Ms. Pietras is a certified arbitrator in Philadelphia County.  While Ms. Pietras remains a fierce litigator in the courtroom, she also understands the law and procedure, to write briefs, identify issues and work zealously representing her clients. Outside of the legal realm, Ms. Pietras coaches competitive cheerleading for middle school and high school.  As an attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she concentrates on general civil defense, corporate oversight, insurance law, health law, construction law, and a variety of contractual issues.

New Mexico

LeNatria H. Jurist

LeNatria Jurist LeNatria Jurist is Of Counsel for Edens, Criado & Welch. She is also founder of The Jurist Law Group, PLLC, a real estate and business law practice embracing technology, innovation, and client-centric service to consistently deliver superior legal services and pragmatic business solutions to the clients it serves. Having practiced in “BigLaw” as a senior-level attorney and in-house for several Fortune 500 companies, Jurist has a wealth of experience representing a diverse pool of clients in a variety of both routine and complex real estate and business law matters. She received her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Management from Kentucky State University where she graduated #1 in her area of study, then earned her J.D./M.BA. from The Ohio State University where she specialized in Real Estate Law and Business Strategy. She is admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas.

New York

Kerlann L. Flowers

Kerlann L. Flowers was admitted to the State Bar of New York in March 2008 and to the  Eastern District Federal Court of New York. Flowers graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors of Science in Finance. In 2007, she received her Juris Doctor from the Hofstra University School of Law and continued her education at Cardozo School of Law in the area of Intellectual Property. While in law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business and Law. She also was a member of the Community Economic & Development Clinic which focused on providing transactional legal assistance to not-for-profit community organizations.  She has served as an Administrative Law Judge for New York City, worked in public relations and has experience as an attorney in civil litigation, employment law, real estate, trusts and estates, collections, contract drafting and negotiation, landlord/tenant and intellectual property.

Maria J. Gangemi

Maria Gangemi has extensive experience guiding corporate and individual clients through significant business and personal decisions, and dispute resolution. As an Ohio attorney, she has engaged in solo practice since 2014.  She is also a member of the California, New York, and New Jersey state bars, and is in addition admitted to practice in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; California’s Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern federal district courts; and the federal district court of New Jersey.

Salutatorian of the Findlay High School Class of ’99, Maria graduated cum laude in field from Harvard College in 2003. She received her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the editorial board of USC’s Review of Law and Women’s Studies/Review of Law and Social Justice. She was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and began her legal career with three years at the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, followed by two years as counsel for the startup enterprise consulting company Frontier Technologies Consortium. A clerkship at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2012 to 2014 afforded Maria additional insights into the judicial decision-making process.   She is admitted to practice in Ohio, California, New York and New Jersey.

Quinton D. Johnson

Quinton D. Johnson’s practice focuses on general business advice, contracts, and other transactional matters for businesses and individuals alike. He began his career, in the New York office of an international law firm, advising financial institutions and large private and public companies (around the world) on transactional and governance matters. Following his time in New York, he returned to his home state of Georgia and refocused his practice to assist startups, small businesses, and individuals with navigating the transactional side of the legal system.

Quinton earned a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2010 and a BA in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2005. During his time as a law student, he was an active member in the student body and the broader Bay Area community through his membership with law journals and other student organizations. Additionally, he served as an extern for Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  Quinton Is licensed to practice law in Georgia and New York.

Onikki T. Walker

O.T. Walker is dual licensed in Maryland and New York with experience in employment law and the representation of creative individuals including athletes and entertainers.  She has served as an advocate in criminal court for the indigent and mentally ill .  She is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and has a background in broadcasting including winning an Emmy award.

Lisa Roxanne Walters-Jeffers

Lisa Roxanne Walters-Jeffers is a seasoned attorney, professor and entrepreneur. My academic credentials include an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Legal Studies from the City University of New York, and Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where I was a Heyman Scholar, focusing on corporate and commercial law. In my earlier work as a senior/supervising paralegal in two Tier 1 firms, I had a caseload consisting of large corporate transactions (IPOs, M&A, Asset Purchase, Letters of Credit/Factoring Agreements, IP Registration and Licensing, Corporate Governance and Real Estate), and SEC, Antitrust and IP litigation.  My private practice has a focus on start-ups (for- and non-profit), Corporate Governance/HR, Contracts, Real Estate (Sales and Landlord-Tenant), and Tax Preparation, litigation in these areas, and in the areas of Construction and Consumer Credit.  I also have a small Family Law caseload with a focus on equality and rights for fathers.  For well over 15 years I have been drafting of a myriad of contracts (and was a former Research Assistant for Corbin on Contracts), dozens of well-researched briefs and memoranda, and pleadings for various proceedings and motions. For an equal amount of time, I have performed document reviews (electronic and manual) including 1st and 2nd pass, 1st and 2nd level, redactions, quality control, confidentiality/privilege/log and PII/PHI.  On the academic side, I have been a professor/instructor of various business and law topics in vocational, undergraduate, graduate and professional/continuing education institutions.  When there is time to divert my attention from law practice, I teach Cardio Kickboxing, bake, cook and make short trips to new places with my family.

North Carolina

Nicole Henderson

Nicole Henderson practices in family law, estate planning, personal injury, and civil litigation.  Ms. Henderson is experienced in both plaintiff and defense work with respect to these areas of law.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.  Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a Pre-law emphasis from Washington State University.  While at Washington State University she was a member of the track and field team.  Ms. Henderson is admitted to practice in both California and North Carolina.  In her free time, Ms. Henderson enjoys running, public speaking, and spending time with her family.  Ms. Henderson is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.

Ohio

Maria J. Gangemi

Maria Gangemi has extensive experience guiding corporate and individual clients through significant business and personal decisions, and dispute resolution. As an Ohio attorney, she has engaged in solo practice since 2014.  She is also a member of the California, New York, and New Jersey state bars, and is in addition admitted to practice in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; California’s Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern federal district courts; and the federal district court of New Jersey.

Salutatorian of the Findlay High School Class of ’99, Maria graduated cum laude in field from Harvard College in 2003. She received her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the editorial board of USC’s Review of Law and Women’s Studies/Review of Law and Social Justice. She was admitted to the California bar in 2006 and began her legal career with three years at the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, followed by two years as counsel for the startup enterprise consulting company Frontier Technologies Consortium. A clerkship at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2012 to 2014 afforded Maria additional insights into the judicial decision-making process.   She is admitted to practice in Ohio, California, New York and New Jersey.

Philip Popa

Philip Popa practices as a solo practitioner providing legal counsel on matters involving multiple areas of the law at both the federal and state levels.   As a trial attorney, he served as first-chair for multiple jury and bench trials in a variety of legal matters.  He has represented clients across a broad variety of legal matters over the course of his 20 year practice.  He is active in his church community and volunteers for Make-A-Wish among other hobbies in his off time

Oklahoma

Melissa L. Middleton

Melissa L. Middleton has over a decade of experience ranging from private practice to in house government work.  While working on her law degree from the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Middleton was active in the American Indian Law Review.  Having spent the past 9 years working for the Nation’s third largest Native American tribe, Ms. Middleton has extensive experience litigating cases to enforce federal laws in jurisdictions throughout the United States.  Ms. Middleton also has experience negotiating and drafting contracts, developing policies and procedures, and providing supportive and transactional services to her clients.  Ms. Middleton is often requested to present on topics including the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act.  In her free time, Ms. Middleton enjoys traveling with her family and volunteering in her community.

Pennsylvania

Steven E. Bach

Steven E. Bach has been practicing law for twenty-one years, specializing in all areas of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) from procurement, licensing, assertion, and litigation to portfolio management, counselling,  and trade secret protection.  He also practices contract law, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of technology development, commercial, and employment agreements.  He further practices estate planning.  He is licensed to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Lisa J. Pietras

Lisa J. Pietras is an experienced attorney, who received her JD from Widener University.  While attaining her law degree, Ms. Pietras was awarded a Certificate in Torts, Dean’s List, and active member of Moot Court competitions.  While Ms. Pietras has spent over a decade in private practice, during that time she has been a senior associate, In House Counsel, CEO, President of the Board, Negotiator and Supervisory Counsel for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey litigation. Ms. Pietras is a certified arbitrator in Philadelphia County.  While Ms. Pietras remains a fierce litigator in the courtroom, she also understands the law and procedure, to write briefs, identify issues and work zealously representing her clients. Outside of the legal realm, Ms. Pietras coaches competitive cheerleading for middle school and high school.  As an attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she concentrates on general civil defense, corporate oversight, insurance law, health law, construction law, and a variety of contractual issues.

Puerto Rico

Idenis Torres-Guzmán

Idenis Torres-Guzmán, earned her J.D. Magna Cum Laude, in 2012 from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law; and her B.A. in Comparative Literature, Magna Cum Laude, in 2006, from the University of Puerto Rico. She is also has graduate studies in Comparative Literature, specializing in Medieval literature. Idenis has a certification in French as third language, from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France; and she is admitted to the Puerto Rico’s State Bar, the Puerto Rico’sFederal District Bar and is also a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

After graduating from law school, Idenis worked for the Aldarondo & Lopez Brass Law firm, where she researched and drafted legal documents for the Department of Education and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Later on, Idenis also worked at the Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, were she acted as an editor of legislative projects for the Commission of Internal Affairs. She also served as Legal advisor to the Government Commission, also in the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico.

On January 2014, Idenis was selected as the Coordinator of Federal Programs in the Office of the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs (OCMA), where she managed several federal programs, including: Section 108, Home Ownership, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and other Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Additionally, Idenis provided direct legal advice to the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs and other vital employees, and was recognized for her outstanding management of the NSP program.

On May 2015 Idenis decided to open her own practice. As co-founder ofSupra Legal Group LLC, she was responsible for managing the day to day operation of the firm. She was also in charge of litigation and drafting all the legal documentation of SLG. While on her private practice, sheprovided legal advice to the Puerto Rico Protection and Advocacy Division (P&A), and collaborated on the implementation and creation of aCorrective Action Plan for all federal grants assigned to the agency. Additionally, she provided legal assistance to the community of people with disabilities, and her work was crucial in getting the P&A out of high risk, and in the process of freeing the institution of federal findings.

After hurricanes Irma and Maria passed through Puerto Rico, Idenis worked as an independent contractor, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where she acted as an interpreter for the Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams. She collaborated as well with the Disability Individual Assistance (DIA) teams that provided support and medical equipment to people with disabilities. Idenis also supportedthe medical team at the USNS COMFORT, interpreting medical consults for critical patients aboard the ship; and was chosen to be the translator for FEMA´s 428 team, where she worked adapting documents and educational material (about the Stafford Act), to Puerto Rico´s socio-cultural context.

On her free time, Idenis enjoys art related activities, playing the guitar, practicing yoga, traveling and spending time with her family.

South Carolina

John Harrell

John Harrell is a 19 year practicing attorney, a graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, and has been named among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America from 2013 through 2018 consecutively. Civil litigation of injury claims against the government has always been at the heart of John’s practice, and John has also practiced in a broad spectrum of legal areas including commercial/business litigation, personal injury, insurance company bad-faith, construction law, general business law, contract law, property law, and even workers’ compensation.

Tennessee

Carrie Anna Criado

Carrie Criado is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. Criado is also Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously, she was an Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado has also served as Communications Director for Al Gore’s The Climate Project and as Director of Public Relations for USLegal, Inc. Criado has worked for KVII-TV, KEYT-TV, KUHT-TV, and The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt. Criado has taught communications law and journalism courses at Southern Methodist University and Middle Tennessee State. She was a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission. Criado received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado is licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee.

Whitney N. Manning

Whitney N. Manning has worked in the private sector, specifically focusing on litigation within family law. Previously, Whitney also held a one-year judicial clerkship for the domestic relations division in Weld County, Colorado. Whitney is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee. During her time in Memphis, Whitney worked for the Hon. George W. Emerson, Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Hon. Robert S. Weiss of the Shelby County Circuit Court. Whitney is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Colorado.

Texas

Carrie Anna Criado

Carrie Anna Criado is a founding partner of Edens, Criado & Welch. Criado is also Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and a staff attorney at USLegal, Inc. Previously, she was an Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado has also served as Communications Director for Al Gore’s The Climate Project and as Director of Public Relations for USLegal, Inc. Criado has worked for KVII-TV, KEYT-TV, KUHT-TV, and The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt. Criado has taught communications law and journalism courses at Southern Methodist University and Middle Tennessee State. She was a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission. Criado received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado is licensed to practice law in Texas and Tennessee.

Hope Hughes

Hope Hughes is an accomplished corporate practitioner representing telecommunications providers and also has an extensive background in real estate and contract matters.  She is a top 10% graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law and the University of North Texas.

LeNatria Jurist

LeNatria Jurist is Of Counsel for Edens, Criado & Welch. She is also founder of The Jurist Law Group, PLLC, a real estate and business law practice embracing technology, innovation, and client-centric service to consistently deliver superior legal services and pragmatic business solutions to the clients it serves. Having practiced in “BigLaw” as a senior-level attorney and in-house for several Fortune 500 companies, Jurist has a wealth of experience representing a diverse pool of clients in a variety of both routine and complex real estate and business law matters. She received her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Management from Kentucky State University where she graduated #1 in her area of study, then earned her J.D./M.BA. from The Ohio State University where she specialized in Real Estate Law and Business Strategy. She is admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas.

Sandra Reyes

Sandra Reyes started her legal career as a legal assistant in 1988, which at the time I was attending the University of Texas at El Paso.  Upon my college graduation in August of 1990, she moved to Oregon to work at for the National Forest Service as a Computer Programmer.  She  decided after a few short months that being a computer programmer was not her passion.  She graduated from law school from Western State College of Law .  One of the best experiences she had in law school was to be selected from the entire law school to be legal extern for the late Warren Ferguson in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  After graduating from law school in December 1999, she moved back to El Paso and worked for a defense firm for approximately one year and then moved to Houston where she practiced in a Plaintiff’s medical malpractice law firm.  She was eager to get more experience so she moved to the defense side and worked for a captive law firm for Farmers Insurance Company.  She now enjoys her solo practice of law and is bilingual in Spanish.

J. Derick Winfrey

J. Derick Winfrey is a solo practitioner who specializes in assisting his clients in many legal specialties.  Derick has an extensive background in corporate law, real estate transactions, commercial real estate, contracts, oil and gas transactions, bankruptcy, civil litigation, family law, criminal defense and estate planning. Derick believes not only in the importance of helping his clients understand the complexities of the law and the legal process, but also in their vigorous representation.  He has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and admitted to the Southern District of Texas with filing capability in all Texas federal courts.

Utah

Jesse Hansen

Jesse Hansen has experience with both ERISA and non-ERISA retirement plans, Flexible Spending Arrangements, Health Savings Accounts, and Health Reimbursement Arrangements. He also guides employers through the IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution Systems. Mr. Hansen also has experience in employment law and drafting and negotiating contracts and service agreements.  He is currently the President Elect for the Salt Lake Chapter of the Western Pension and Benefits Council. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Creighton University School of Law.

Venezuala

Orlan Silva Marcano

Orlan Silva Marcano is a bilingual attorney (English and Spanish) and published book author.  Orlan works in Caracas, Venezuela and has a background in research and writing as well as adminstrative duties such as payroll.   Orlan is a graduate of Universidad Santa Maria in Caracus with another undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

Virginia

Raymond Carignan

Raymond Carignan was first admitted to the bar in 1986. Currently admitted in Maryland District of Columba , Virginia , and West Virginia.  He has handled over 8,000 cases.  He has extensive litigation and trial experience.  In addition to completing a JD, he also has a Masters in the science of Management (M.S.M.).  He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Howard County Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Lawyer Pilot Bar Association.

Tamra B. Ferguson
Tamra has ten years’ experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, first with a multi-national law firm and then with a boutique litigation firm.  She has worked in several areas of the law, including contracts, construction and real estate, bankruptcy, and insurance recovery.  Tamra has experience in research, analysis, drafting, and court appearances.  She graduated from American University Washington College of Law magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 2008.  Tamra is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Washington

Douglas Davies

Doug Davies graduated in the top 10% of his class at Georgetown University Law Center and served as the Editor of Law and Policy in International Business.  He clerked for two federal judges and was a partner at two global law firms.  He was also General Counsel to the international subsidiaries of the largest manufacturing and exporting company in the United States.  Currently, he manages his own firm in Seattle, Washington.  Doug has extensive experience in various fields of law, including Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions, Real Estate, Corporate Finance, Business Law, Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous national and regional conferences and has also been quoted and published in a number of national  publications, including The New York Times, Reuters, the US Banker, and the Washington Post.

West Virginia

Raymond Carignan

Raymond Carignan was first admitted to the bar in 1986. Currently admitted in Maryland District of Columba , Virginia , and West Virginia.  He has handled over 8,000 cases.  He has extensive litigation and trial experience.  In addition to completing a JD, he also has a Masters in the science of Management (M.S.M.).  He is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Howard County Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Lawyer Pilot Bar Association.


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