Paralegals

Maryanne Durden

Senior Trial Paralegal to Michael S. O'Neal, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Maryanne has been in the legal profession for more than 31 years, which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law, and she feels it is important to continually increase her knowledge, not only in the legal field, but also in other areas that will enhance her ability to serve clients. She holds a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the University of North Florida. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 25 years and are both natives of Jacksonville. Their daughter, Ashlynn, graduated from USF in 2014 with a degree in Criminology and resides in Tampa.

Julia B. Sleweon

Paralegal to Michael S. O'Neal, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Julia is a certified paralegal with over 15 years’ experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law and Political Science from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with her daughter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to enjoy the Sunshine State.

Melissa S. Hunter

Trial Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Melissa was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida, where she helped run her father's family business. She moved to Madison, Florida where she worked as a legal assistant and office manager for a law firm. She later met and married her husband. She and her husband were married in 2010 and together they have five (5) children, four boys and a girl. In the middle of 2012, Melissa and her family moved to Jacksonville. A few weeks later, Melissa joined the trial team here at Fernandez Trial Lawyers. She brings over 15 plus years of clerical experience as well as over eight years in the legal field. Melissa will be attending the paralegal certificate program through UNF starting this fall.

Kathi D. Lang-Thorbs

Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq. & DeAnna M. Golphin, Esq.

Kathi was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She is married and has a daughter who is currently enrolled in college. Her husband retired from the United States Coast Guard, and she followed him around the country for many years, gathering college degrees. She has an Associates Degree in Political Science, a Certificate of Paralegal Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with Criminal Justice Emphasis and a Juris Doctor from Forham University School of Law. She greatly enjoys the diverse nature of her work, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and playing with her chocolate labrador retriever mix, Cleya.

Tressie J. Tanner

Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

With over 10 years experience in the legal field, Tressie brings a wide array of knowledge, including plaintiff’s personal injury, bankruptcy, family law, criminal, and product’s liability litigation. Tressie also attended the Nursing Program at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia where she obtained extensive anatomical knowledge and medical terminology. She recently relocated to the Jacksonville area with her husband and two small boys. Tressie enjoys exploring St. Augustine and Jacksonville, as well as the beaches, the museums, and the gardens surrounding the area.