Sabrina L. Cuddihee

Executive Assistant to Ellis T. Fernandez, III, Esq.

Sabrina was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She comes to us with 5 years trial experience as a paralegal to a professional expert appearing in court. She has a very diverse background in legal, administration, accounting, human resources and 10 years management experience. She obtained her A.S. Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, traveling, cooking, boating and watching Florida Gator Football.

Tammy L. Gurganus

Paralegal Assistant to Maryanne Durden

Tammy was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she was a transplant in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for a defense firm for 11 years as a Paralegal. She joined FTL in June 2018 and brings with her over 25 years of experience in the legal industry. Tammy has three grown daughters and one granddaughter with whom she enjoys spending time. She is also very passionate about Alabama football (Roll Tide). In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, watching college football and traveling.

Cynthia A. Coffey

Legal Assistant to Mark A. Myers, Esq.

Cindy is a Jacksonville native. She graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School in 1991 and then the University of North Florida in 1996 with a BA in Criminal Justice. She has worked in the legal industry for Michael O’Neal, Esquire, formally of Howell and O’Neal,  since 1993 and presently with Fernandez Trial Lawyers. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, paddle boarding and Pro Kadima with her husband and children.

Danielle A. Rodriguez

Legal Assistant to Gregory E. Blackwell, Esq.

Danielle moved from Illinois to Jacksonville with her daughter and Husband in 2018 to be in the sunshine year round. She has 3 prior years experience as a Legal Assistant and Customer Representative in Civil and Criminal Matters. Currently, she plans to work on obtaining her Paralegal Degree to further her career in Construction Defect Litigation. She is an active study of women’s physical and mental wellness and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys fishing and boating with her family, going to Disney World, doing yoga, and planning her next “bucket list” adventure.

Benjamin J. Swart

Litigation Assistant

Ben is from Wyoming, Michigan and moved to Jacksonville in 2009. He is very passionate about football (“football”, a.k.a soccer) and enjoys watching it on the weekends with friends.

Deborah A. Slifka

Litigation Assistant

Debbie was raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Florida in 2017, she has resided in Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Birmingham, AL; Burgess Hill, England in the U.K.; and lastly, Danbury, CT. She has over 10 years experience in various roles in various legal fields including legal assistant, word processor and paralegal in family law, insurance defense and real estate. Debbie obtained her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology in 2008 from Western Connecticut State University. Debbie is pursuing her passion of beach time and traveling, along with her newfound passion of car shows (being a partner in showing off a 1980 Bandit TransAm).

Joshua C. Lawley

File Room Professional

Joshua is a Jacksonville native who recently joined the FTL family. He is eager to learn all he can in order to move forward and grow within the company. When not working, he enjoys spending his free time hanging out with friends and camping in the great outdoors.

Malina Cruz-Rosales

File Room Clerk and Transcriptionist

Malina Cruz-Rosales is a Californian and has recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida. She received a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge with a focus in Politics and Government. Malina developed a strong sense of devotion for the legal field during her time as an assistant for Immigration, Workers Compensation, and Social Security firm. Outside of the office, Malina is committed to education and running. She is currently studying for Law School while training for her next marathon.

Grizel A. Anderson


Grizel was born and raised in Panama City, Panama until the age of 15. She relocated to Jacksonville in 1999 with her family after all DODDs Schools closed and has lived here ever since. Grizel recently joined the FTL family and is eager to learn new things. In her free time, she is a fitness enthusiast, a nature lover, enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and friends, traveling and is also an adventure junkie.

Shanna Berry

Front Desk Receptionist

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.

Casmira Harrison

File Room Clerk

Casmira Harrison joined FTL after more than 16 years in the newspaper industry. A former government journalist in the Daytona Beach area, Casmira explained complicated legal and political matters to the general public and, after recently moving to Jacksonville with her husband, aims to earn a paralegal certification and further her understanding of Florida law. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, riding motorcycles and spending time with her family.