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.

Meet our attorneys

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.

Stephen M. Bernhardt

Managing Partner

Athena Pearl Riley

Managing Partner

Tiffani Brown

Supervising Attorney

Gretchen R. Cothron

Criminal Defense Attorney | Forensic Scientist

Erin Campbell

Civil Division Attorney

Anton Serikov

Civil Division Attorney

Sara García García

Civil Division Attorney

Meet Our Staff

Our expert legal staff has decades worth of experience helping our community thrive with a mix of personal care and professional skill!

Jessica Bernhardt

Office Manager

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.

Rebecca Bonnet

Certified Paralegal

Rebecca has been a Paralegal for Bernhardt Riley since 2022. Rebecca has more than 12 years’ experience in various areas of law, with a primary focus on civil litigation. Rebecca’s knowledge and experience has been beneficial in assisting the attorneys with case management and trial preparation . Rebecca provides support to the attorneys in the civil litigation matters in all aspects of scheduling and filing, the discovery process, including preparation for witness and expert depositions, document productions and e-discovery, and trial preparation.

Michelle D. Parrella

Certified Paralegal

Jill Mello

Legal Assistant

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.

Thiago Lanes

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.

Courtney Reynolds


Courtney Reynolds grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to live in North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Hawaii before moving to Florida.  She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Justice Administration and a focus on Criminal Law.  She and her family now live in the Tampa Bay area and enjoy the many outdoor activities available in central Florida. Courtney has many years of client relations experience and always strives to make clients happy.