We have a team of professionals who work to provide quality representation for our clients in both criminal and civil cases ranging from personal injury claims to employment law disputes.
One of the benefits of hiring a lawyer is that you will have an expert on your side who knows how to navigate legal proceedings. We are committed to providing our clients with exceptional customer service and ensuring they understand their options so we can help them make informed decisions about what's best for them during difficult times in life.
Our expert legal staff has decades worth of experience helping our community thrive with a mix of personal care and professional skill!
Jessica has been working with the firm since its initial formation and manages the business administration needs of the law office as our Office Manager. She handles our business with skill and efficiency without sacrificing personability and kindness. Jessica treats each client as family and strives diligently to work with each and every client in order to find a representation arrangement that works for them and their specific individual circumstances.
Florida Registered Paralegal
Lauren Ashley Maarouf is a Florida Registered Paralegal with over ten years of experience specializing in Criminal Defense, Law Enforcement Defense, Civil Rights Defenses, and Civil Litigation including Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Insurance Defense. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s in criminology and obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the University of Miami. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, gardening, reading, and exercising.
Jill Mello has been a Legal Assistant for Bernhardt Riley since early 2021. Jill brings her experience as an administrative assistant at a prestigious professional office suit in Pinellas County. Jill’s thoughtful and kind demeanor is a joy for our clients as she is often one of the first points of contacts. Jill continues to expand her legal education as she is in the process of earning a registered paralegal certificate.
Debt Defense Coordinator
Thiago Lanes has been the Debt Defense Coordinator for Bernhardt Riley since 2020. Thiago was born in Brazil and lived there until 2000 when he moved to Connecticut. Thiago attended Western Connecticut State University where he was a two-way starter for the University’s Football program and graduated with a degree in Justice and Law Administration, with a focus on Legal. Thiago’s hard work and professionalism help him effectively handle a large caseload in a manner that is appreciated by clients and respected throughout the industry.