Paralegals

Maryanne Durden

Senior Trial Paralegal to Mark A. Myers, 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.

Lindsay D. Minshew

Paralegal to Mark A. Myers, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Lindsay was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She previously worked for the Alabama Supreme Court Clerk’s office, and has a paralegal degree. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she lived in Olympia, Washington for several years. Lindsay’s mother, Callie Dietz, is a retired state court administrator for both Alabama and Washington states. She gave her love of the judiciary to Lindsay. Lindsay is married to an Army veteran (Iraq). Together they have two sons and three dogs, which are the center of their lives. In her spare time, Lindsay loves taking her family on trips, especially to the beach or Disney World.

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.
Jacksonville Office

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.

Kimberly J. Killins

Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Kimberly was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, and has 1 daughter. She has been a legal professional for over 27 years and has experience in several legal areas, including the government sector. She has worked as an operations manager and consultant for state government, judicial assistant for the Commonwealth of Virginia court systems, paralegal to the State of Virginia Bankruptcy Trustee and paralegal/legal office manager for law firms in the State of Georgia. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Occupational Psychology, Associates Degree and Paralegal Certificate in Paralegal Studies and gained experience while working with the JAG office at Camp Pendleton, California. Kimberly is also a Certified Notary Signing Agent for the State of Florida and a professional photographer/videographer. Kimberly is currently attending classes for Healthcare Management.
In her spare time, Kimberly loves to travel, explore nature, take professional photos whether nature/landscapes or human, as well as attend art shows, botanical gardens and flea markets.

Violet A. Cipolla

Paralegal to Gregory E. Blackwell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Violet lived in several countries while growing up and has travelled extensively around Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America. She went to school at the University Of Dallas in Texas and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She moved to Florida in the late ’80’s and obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Barry University in Miami. Violet enjoys learning and loves being a paralegal because each case provides an opportunity to learn. Her favorite things in life are her husband, Derek, their four dogs and their swimming pool.