Support Staff

Meet Our Staff

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    Georgina Gonzalez Office Manager
    Georgina Gonzalez is the latest member of the Schackow and Mercadante, PA. family to join.  She is a Costa Rican native, which makes her fluent in English and Spanish.  Over 20 years ago she decided to move to California, and Florida became her new home at beginning of 2022.  Georgina has an associate’s degree in business administration with over 17 years of work experience on bookkeeping/accounting and office management. Her love for numbers means you can be sure everything will be balanced to the penny.  In her spare time, you can find her on her couch reading a book and serving as a pillow for her pets.
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    Sarena Payne Legal Assistant 
    Sarena has lived in Gainesville for 20 years. She graduated from Santa Fe College in 2008 with an A.S. in Legal Assisting, and from Western Governors University in 2017 with a B.A. in Special Education. Of our support staff, Sarena has been with us the longest, joining the firm in 2008. Sarena is married with one young daughter. She enjoys hiking, biking, and anything that allows her to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather outside.
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    Teresa Willard Legal Assistant
    Teresa married her high school sweetheart over 24 years ago, then traveled the country as a military wife before settling down in Florida. She enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage daughter, watching movies and reading.
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    Chelsea James Legal Assistant

    Chelsea was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended Louisiana State University, where she received a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in German. Chelsea earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, with certificates in Civil Litigation, Legal Research, Writing, and Drafting, as well as, Government and Public Interest Law. She was a National Moot Court Champion and received numerous awards for advocacy, writing, and pro bono work. 

    Chelsea developed an interest in personal injury law while working for a Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chelsea finds personal injury law personally fulfilling and enjoys working with clients. She gets to help clients who come to us after an accident, that are typically confused, concerned, and have no idea what the next step is. Chelsea enjoys being able to assist clients by explaining the process and taking the burden from the client in regard to worrying about their claim. Chelsea’s main goal is for the client to only worry about going to the doctor and focusing on getting better.

Why Clients Trust Us

  • Personalized Advice & Concierge Level Experience
  • Direct Communication With Your Attorney
  • Over 125 Years of Combined Experience
  • Practicing in The Gainesville Area 55+ Years

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