Alexandrea R. Simser is a corporate and intellectual property attorney in the Melbourne office of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Ms. Simser grew up in Cocoa Beach and attended Florida State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.
Karen Montas is a mother, wife, lawyer and advocate for the less fortunate. She is the managing partner of Johnson & Montas, PA, a personal injury law firm in Brevard County, Florida. Karen is active in several organizations, including: The Children’s Hunger Project; Love INC.; the Brevard Cultural Alliance and the League of Extraordinary Women for weVenture (formerly the Women’s Business Center at FIT). She and her family are active members of LifePoint Church in Palm Bay and can be found on/at/or near the beach during any free time.
Rachel McCreary is an associate in Wicker Smith’s Melbourne office handling medical malpractice, automotive, civil litigation, premises liability, product liability, construction, product liability and real estate litigation. Prior to joining Wicker Smith, Ms. McCreary worked as a trial lawyer at a personal injury firm where she handled catastrophic injury, wrongful death, negligent security, liquor liability, automobile accidents and premises liability.
Ms. McCreary earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a major in Microbiology & Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology.
Jennifer Kerwin is an Assitant Public Defender in Viera handling felony criminal litigation up to and including homicides and other life felonies. In addition to serving as the BCAWL treasurer, Ms. Kerwin serves as the membership chair/webmaster of the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In 2018 Ms. Kerwin received the James T. Miller Scholar Award from the Florida Association of Criminal Defense lawyers for her appellate work challenging unconstitutional so-called “Nebbia Holds.”
Ms. Kerwin earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida where she earned a Family Law Certificate as well as serving as the Intramural Chair of the Florida Moot Court and on the Student Recruitment Team. Ms. Kerwin also graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and History and a minor in Psychology.
Christel Lawrence is a current 3L at Barry University School of Law. She received her Bachelors of Science in political science and sociology from Florida State University.
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Stefanie is a senior attorney with Children’s Legal Service for the Florida Department of Children and Families where she represents the Department in Dependency Proceedings. Prior to her work with Children’s Legal Service, Stefanie was an assistant public defender in the 20th Judicial Circuit where she represented persons accused of crimes in both Misdemeanor and Felony Court. Stefanie serves as the co-chair of BCAWL Publications. She is also a member of the Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court, the Junior League of South Brevard, and the Vice President of Communications for the Brevard County Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and fur babies, and cheering on the UCF Knights!
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Tara C. Couture is the founding attorney of Couture Law P.A. Ms. Couture graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego, then obtained her law degree from one of the most prestigious schools in California, the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. Ms. Couture is licensed to practice law in Florida and California. Ms. Couture served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles prior to starting her own law firm. In addition to successfully representing clients in courts throughout Florida and California, she has also successfully negotiated, settled and litigated various types of legal matters, including, but not limited to, serious personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, car accident claims, truck & big rig accident claims and bus accident claims. Ms. Couture is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the State Bar of California, the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Jessica practices as an attorney in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, and Elder Law Medicaid Planning. In addition, Jessica is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator mediating Circuit Civil, County Civil, and Family Law cases. Prior to starting her own firm, Law Office of Jessica Lynn Silva, PLLC, Jessica was an Estate Planning and Probate Attorney with a local law firm.
Before practicing law, Jessica garnered legal experience through her previous roles as Judicial Assistant to a local 18th Judicial Circuit County Court Judge, and as a Civil Litigation Paralegal, Real Estate Paralegal, Certified Notary Signing Agent, Real Estate Agent, Florida Mortgage Loan Originator, Real Estate Investor and Property Manager.
Jessica was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida (Eglin AFB). However, she grew up traveling the United States and overseas as the daughter of a military family. She then married a (now retired) United States Air Force Officer from Hawaii, and traveled the United States again, this time as a military wife. She and her husband are parents to their three children; two boys and a girl (22, 17 & 13). Jessica enjoys volunteering at her church and within the community. She also enjoys quality time with her family and friends, kayaking, boating, listening to podcasts, interior decorating, reading, modeling and being a voiceover artist.
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