Geraldine “Gerri” Deas-Matthews

Trial Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.

Gerri is a Florida native, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.

Gerri’s educational background began with her enrollment in the Legal Assistance / Paralegal program offered in North Florida. She received an Associate of Science degree at Florida State College Jacksonville (formerly known as Florida Junior College).  She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with Paralegal Studies.  Gerri is a devoted Florida Gator and Jacksonville Jaguar fan.  She enjoys the beach and exploring the outdoors.

Gerri has over twenty-eight years of experience in the legal field, and Fernandez Trial Lawyers is honored to have her a part of the team.



  • Florida State College at Jacksonville, 1995, Associate of Science  

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville, 2000, Bachelor of Arts  

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