PARALEGALS

Maryanne Durden

Senior Trial Paralegal to Mark A. Myers, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: Maryanne@FernandezTL.com

Maryanne has been in the legal profession for more than 37 years and it has provided her with exposure to many areas of law. 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 our clients. She holds a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the University of North Florida. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married over 30 years and are both natives of Jacksonville. Their daughter, Ashlynn, graduated from USF in 2014 with a degree in Criminology and resides in Tampa.

Melissa S. Hunter

Trial Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: Melissa@FernandezTL.com

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.

Kathi D. Lang-Thorbs

Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: KLang-Thorbs@FernandezTL.com

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 Fordham 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
Email: TTanner@FernandezTL.com

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
Email: KKILLINS@FernandezTL.com

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.

Lennette F. Daniels, FRP

Paralegal to Gregory E. Blackwell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: LDaniels@FernandezTL.com

Lennette has been working in the field of law for over 20 years. She is passionate about providing clients an exceptional level of customer service. She has an Associate of Science in Legal Studies from City College and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Lennette greatly enjoys the complex nature of construction law. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her daughter and their two Labrador retrievers, Pandora and Persephone.

DEANna L. Dixon

Paralegal to MARK A. MYERS, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: DDIXON@FernandezTL.com

 Deanna grew up in Georgia but has called Florida her home since August of 2000.   Deanna began working in the legal field in July of 1995 with a focus in litigation during her 25-year career.  She obtained her A.S. Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2003 graduating Magna cum Laude.  Deanna brings vast knowledge to us as a result of her extensive background in Civil Litigation.  During her down time, Deanna enjoys being outdoors, experiencing new places, and relaxing on the beach.

Shanna N. Berry

Paralegal to MARK A. MYERS, Esq.
Jacksonville Office
Email: sberry@FernandezTL.com

Shana Berry, born and raised in Jacksonville, resided in Clayton, NC for 10 years before returning home to Jacksonville in 2018. She comes to FTL with a diverse background in Business Administration, Human Resource Management and Accounting. Shana is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina. Currently, she is completing her Paralegal Degree to continue to pursue her career in the legal field; her academic achievements have earned her placement on the President’s List. In her leisure time, Shana enjoys spending time with her children and family, the beach, yoga and adventure recreation.