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 successfully completed the paralegal certification program at the University of North Florida.

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.

Teresa Howell

Paralegal to Christopher L. Craun, ESQ.
Jacksonville Office

Teresa was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been in the legal profession for more than 18 years and has worked in many areas of law.  She enjoys being a Litigation Paralegal, helping the clients and pursues opportunities to increase her knowledge and to continue her education.  Prior to obtaining her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies, she worked in the medical field for over 15 years, which provides specialized medical knowledge to assist in various civil litigation cases.  Teresa has a daughter, Anastasia, that is a financial corporate representative and a son, Nathaniel, who is enlisted in the United States Air Force.  Both are happily married, and Teresa has two (2) grandchildren with twin girls on the way. Teresa loves the beach, spending time with her family & friends, traveling, and college football-Go Gators!