After growing up in New Hampshire, I attended college in Montreal and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2012. Never one to settle down for too long, I have lived in five states, the District of Columbia, and three other countries. For the time being, though, I feel immensely lucky to call Port Townsend my home.While I absolutely love to argue in (and out of) court, I am most passionate about working with clients. A lawyer has to be able to explain the legal system, to understand a client's goals, and to approach each problem with the client's interests at the forefront. This is a service industry, and I am proud of my ability to connect with the people I serve.My first love is criminal defense, but I am also available to help people with family law and landlord-tenant issues.
Attorney DAVID L. AXELROD’s Experience and Background
Occupations: Attorney at Law ☻ Musician & Songwriter ☻ Teacher
Education and Qualifications:
David L. Axelrod was born in Hollywood, California. He commenced his lifelong love of music and painting as a youth – Writing songs, playing violin, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica, and working in oils, watercolors, enamels and polyester resins. As a young adult, he pursued a career in the ceramic and metal arts, earning a livelihood as a working potter, kiln-master, welder, sculptor, and ceramics instructor in Santa Cruz County, San Francisco, and the Netherlands.
David L. Axelrod trained and served as a park ranger and sworn fire fighter from 1974 to 1985 for East Bay Regional Park District.
Later, David L. Axelrod continued in the visual arts, entering the landscaping profession, with an avid sideline in photography. During the 1980's, he published a humorous newspaper column, a scientific paper, and other writings, as well as some photography.
David L. Axelrod studied and completed coursework in hydrology, sanitary engineering, surveying, oceanology, forestry, and ecology at the University of California, graduating with honors. He completed graduate study in Natural Resources/ Forestry at Humboldt State University in 1981.
David L. Axelrod earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree at the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California, in 1988. While study law at Boalt Hall, he was twice awarded the Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellowship, and served as a Delegate to the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley, 1987-88.
Upon graduating from law school, David L. Axelrod passed the bar examination on his first attempt, then took employment with the State of California, working as an attorney for the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) Legal Division, based in Los Angeles, California, from 1988-90. There, he successfully conducted jury trials in personal injury cases, and also managed personnel, property and environmental matters. Starting in 1990, David L. Axelrod served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of Tuolumne, based in Sonora, California. In this capacity, he conducted litigation and provided advice to County agencies and officials. In so doing, he worked as primary deputy for matters of juvenile dependency and child protection, conservatorship, lease and contract review, personal injury claims, public records, health, welfare, recreation and education law.
David L. Axelrod entered and founded the Sierra Law Office of David L. Axelrod, where he has practiced trial law in Sonora, California since June, 1990. He has also taught undergraduates at Columbia College in the Natural Resources Department.
David L. Axelrod
Marcia Christina Hansen
Marcia Giordano Hansen has been a member of the South Florida legal community for the past fifteen years. Her wealth of trial experience and legal expertise was developed through her years as an Assistant Public Defender and Litigator in private practice.
As an Assistant Public Defender, Mrs. Hansen personally handled hundreds of cases wherein she represented a broad spectrum of clients accused of criminal defense cases ranging from traffic offenses to murder. She obtained an impressive trial record, while at the same time established solid relationships and earned the respect of various judges, prosecutors, court personnel and members of the defense bar.
In private practice, Mrs. Hansen represented large insurance companies such as AIG and American Empire, as well as reputable businesses, such as Del Monte. Additionally, she represented criminal clients accused of committing white collar crimes such as medicare fraud, tax evasion, passport fraud and money laundering. Mrs. Hansen was exposed to protracted litigation, wherein she personally handled the discovery process, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, settlement and trial.
Her participation in the South Florida legal community does not stop at the courthouse. She is an avid participating member in the Miami Dade Women’ Chamber of Commerce, The Miami Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and Femfessionals. She also donates her time to the Ensuring Equal Justice Initiative spearheaded by the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office wherein she represents indigent clients on a pro-bono basis.
Jeremy V Reyes
Housing and Employment Rights
I specialize in housing, eviction defense, tenant advocacy, employment rights, wage claims. I am dedicated to representing the underserved and those who seek justice. My zealous advocacy is balanced with compassion to ensure respect and dignity for our clients.
**Please note: I do not represent landlords or persons seeking to evict others. I also no longer accept cases involving motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries resulting therefrom.
Peter A. Nelson
Peter Nelson handles cases in Landlord & Tenant, Personal Injury and attended California Western School of Law. This attorney has been licensed for 30 years and has an office in San Marino, CA.
After graduating from Stetson University's College of Law, Oscar went into private practice where he practiced in various areas of of the law. In 2006 Oscar was commissioned in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corp. In the JAG Corps he served as a legal assistance attorney, Chief of Client Services in Germany and, Chief of Criminal Justice for the 200th MP Command in Ft. Meade, MD. He represented more than 1000 service members in their divorce and family law matters across multiple jurisdictions as well as representing disabled Soldiers in Social Security Disability cases. A native of St Petersburg, Florida Oscar returned home and founded Blasingame & Associates, PA specializing in representing family law and Social Security Disability clients. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.
I am an employment and commercial litigation attorney. My employment practice is focused on wrongful termination, sexual harassment and wage and hour counseling and litigation primarily on behalf of plaintiffs.
In May 2019, I obtained a $5.375 million settlement of a PAGA action on behalf of employees of a subsidiary of Menzies Aviation (Aircraft Service International). Although 75% of all PAGA settlements are required by statute to be paid to the state, the employees received an average payout of nearly $700 per employee. Since there were many employees who were only employed for a month or two, roughly half of the employees received over $1,000, with dozens of employees receiving awards in excess of $1,600.
I also provide counseling and litigation expertise to employers and employees on non-competes and in trade secret disputes related to employee hirings and terminations.
My commercial litigation practice is centered on the representation of real estate developers and commercial property owners in contract disputes, business tort claims and unlawful detainer proceedings.
I practice primarily in civil litigation and have handled cases in several different practice areas including personal injury, property damage, contract, and collection defense. I have experience with cases in counties throughout Illinois, including DuPage, Will, Kane, Cook, Lake, Kendall, Kankakee, McHenry and Winnebago. I graduated in 2011 from DePaul Law School a Juris Doctor and a certificate in international and comparative law.
I am active in the community as a member of the Naperville Jaycees. I am on the 2019 Executive Committee of the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling and am the Director of Illinois Miss Amazing. My activities with the Naperville Jaycees include the Board of Directors and Social Committee.
Eric Elliot Ludin
I am and have always been a very active member in our community serving on multiple boards for not for profit organizations. I am also a father of 2 boys and have been married for over 30 years. When I am not working, I am an avid sailor and have written sailing articles that have been published in national magazines.
Derek W. Chantler
Dont let all the grey hair fool you. Im not as senior as a lawyer as I look. The practice of law is a second career for me but that gives me a greater ability to relate to non-lawyers and real world problems our clients have.
My practice focusses on real estate litigation, including landlord-tenant issues and general civil litigation. Since 2014 I have served as a hearing examiner with the City of East Palo Alto, deciding petitions submitted by residents of the City under the local Rent Stabilzation Ordinance. I also provide similar services to the City of Alameda based on their own Ordinance.
I practice law with my Wife, who is a senior attorney, despite her lack of grey hair. Discussions are ongoing as to which of us is the senior partner.
Georgine Brave is Special Counsel at Antonyan Miranda, LLP with over 34 years of family law litigation experience. Ms. Brave handled over 3,000 cases during her career, and is known as one of the most vigorous family law advocates in San Diego. She volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Diego Superior Court Family Law Division and served as a Settlement Judge. Ms. Brave is a three time nominee for the San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award.
Her talent as a tough adversary and a successful negotiator on family law issues has led her to handle divorces with empathy and compassion. She is skilled at getting to the heart of complicated family law matter, strategizing, executing, and communicating with clients in very clear and understandable fashion. She strives to make the client experience with the legal system easier and less stressful.
Prior to joining Antonyan Miranda Ms. Brave was a partner at Brave, Weber & Mack, APLC, which she founded alone in 1984. Ms. Brave is a New York native, and a graduate of USD School of Law. She is Fluent in French and Spanish and can speak intermediate Japanese.
Ms. Brave is a recipient of the AIDS Foundation Award through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program where she volunteered legal services to HIV+ patients. Since 1994 she has also been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery programs.
I put a high priority on communicating with the client. Not only do I return phone calls and emails promptly, but also I initiate contact to keep them updated and in the loop. The attorney-client relationship is a team, and it works best where each understands their role and communication lines are open.
My rates are quite reasonable because I have a home office and resulting low overhead. I also am very efficient in my work, which results in a smaller bill for the client. Law firms typically bill twice as many hours as I do for the same quality work, and their hourly rates are higher to boot.
I am a skillful, experienced, and concerned attorney serving individuals and others in the most difficult areas of everyday life: criminal defense, employment and work disputes, consumer protection, family law, and small business issues. My end goal is always the same -- obtaining the best and fairest outcome for every client, and with the least possible drama and expense.
Each case is unique with it own particular facts, background story, and legal and practical challenges. And in almost every case, the client's underlying problem and his or her need to deal with the legal system are profoundly stressful experiences, with high stakes and heightened emotions. I devote myself to each case. I will listen to you and treat you as an individual. And throughout my representation, I will always try to make you aware of the very real consequences of different possible courses of action. I respect each client's need for information and communication, always recognizing that in every case the ultimate decisions, as well as the ultimate practical consequences, belong to the client.
In addition to Ms. Lin's admission to the State Bar of California, she is also admitted to practice in the Bar of Central District of California.
Ms. Lin's Arcadia-based law firm focuses on family law and unlawful detainers. She has had extensive training and knowledge in domestic violence and sexual assault in the family context. She has also represented litigants in domestic violence and custody hearings. Although her unlawful detainer practice is not solely limited to representing landlords, she has represented landlords in unlawful detainer hearings and successfully evicted the tenants on the landlords' behalves.
Prior to starting her own practice, she worked as a judicial law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Peter C. Lewis. She received a distinguished service award upon completion of her clerkship.
Ms. Lin graduated from California Western School of Law in 2011. She received her undergraduate degrees from University of California-Los Angeles where she majored in Economics/International Area Studies and minored in Asian American Studies and French.
Ms. Lin is an active leader in the Asian American community. In her spare time, she engages in Taiwanese American Professional and Asian Professional Exchange events.
Ms. Lin is a 3rd Dan black belt in Taekwondo and she plays the violin.
In the Florida bar since 2007, Celine Abramschmitt, Esq. started her career as a Workers' Compensation Appellate Attorney, then serving as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County before branching out on her own and opening the doors of private practice. Abramschmitt Law, PLLC formed in 2012, with an office currently located in Lake Worth, Florida. However, Ms. Abramschmitt does not limit her services to local clientele only. Abramschmitt Law, PLLC considers each case individually and can provide legal services throughout Florida. Set up an appointment for your free consultation and case assessment. It's could be the best legal decision you will ever make.
Bradford A. Pattershall
I'm trial attorney based in Brunswick, Maine. I have a general litigation practice that includes personal injury, insurance-related disputes, and commercial litigation.
As an undergraduate student Ms. Jemmott became involved in civil and human rights anti-apartheid advocacy initiatives. Upon Graduation, she staffed a National Council of Churches project, "Stand for Truth Until South Africa is Free" - National Lobby Day for Comprehensive Sanctions, 1989 June 16 and on the South African Women's Day Committee. She went on to participate in People to People diplomacy initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean with emphasis on the impact of Structural Adjustment Policies on the lives of women, was involved in organizing local celebrations of International Women's Day and served on the Board of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Jemmott interned with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she completed the Annual Country Report for Suriname. Ms. Jemmott served as an Electoral Observer for the first Free South African Elections for exiles living in Washington DC, as National Organizer and Board Member of an anti-nuclear policy organization lobbying to redirect federal discretionary budget spending to human needs. Ms. Jemmott was also an electoral observer for elections in Guatemala and served as Coordinator of Volunteers for the 30th Anniversary of the March on Washington.Ms. Jemmott subsequently served as a Research Associate for the Human Radiation Experiments Litigation Project and as an advocate regarding other Environmental Justice issues including coordinating the participation of Environmental Justice advocates in the Environmental Protection Agency's Common Sense Initiative. Ms. Jemmott has extensive e-discovery management experience (including managing a staff of 14 during a year long tobacco trial) and over 20 years of nonprofit board/management experience and experience as a Proposal Grant Reviewer for Leadership for a Changing World, A Ford Foundation Funded Program. Admitted to: the Maryland Bar; U.S., District Court of Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court and the District of Columbia Bar.Specialties:Experiences include: CINA (Child Welfare/Juvenile Law) and Family Law Litigation, Labor and Employment, Environmental Regulations, Business Law (Contract negotiations and settlements, debt relief), Legislative Advocacy, International Law and EEO Mediations.Currently, Ms. Jemmott serves as an Attorney for the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Office in Washington DC, has a Family Law, Elder Law and General Practice and serves as faculty in the University of Phoenix School of Business.
I practice Landlord / Tenant Law, Title IX Representation, Employment Law and select Criminal Cases.
Call me if you are a Landlord or a Tenant that does not know what to do. I have the answers you need.
If you are victim of Domestic Violence and need a Harassment Order, I can represent you in court get you the protection you need. I help victims of sexual assault navigate the legal process.
Finally, I represent people who have been wrongfully served with a Harassment Order /Restraining Order and need the Order removed.
I also advise families struggling with severe mental illness and addiction. Massachusetts has legal remedies when loved ones become a danger to themselves or others. Call me if you need help navigating this terrain. Rodger Orders, Section 35 and more.
Julia Hodges is experienced in family law, criminal defense, foreclosure / real estate litigation, probate, and other matters. With a strong work ethic and dedication to her clients, she works tirelessy to protect and enforce the legal rights of her clients. She is the author of the book titled - Florida Family Law - Enforcing Your Legal Rights & Rebuilding Your Life. Ms. Hodes firmly believes in faith, family, service, and justice. As a lifelong Jacksonville resident, Ms. Hodges enjoys North Florida, its people, and outdoor wonders. Contact Julia Hodges for advice, guidance, and legal representation. Julia Hodges and the staff at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. will be On Your Side - At Your Side. Since 1957, Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. has served the residents of North in a wide variety of legal matters.
Benjamin M Cadranel
I am the attorney you look for when you need things done right the first time. I bring value to my clients with my six years of legal experience and three years of executive level experience in commercial acquisitions, commercial and residential financing, and property management. My track record demonstrates that with clear communication and preparation I am able to obtain efficient results for my clients on a consistent basis.
Away from the office I am fiercely loyal to my family and friends, including my little chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkie) named Mitzy. I love to play and watch basketball; any sport for that matter in. I am an avid chess player and enjoy reading and collecting books in whatever spare time I have.
I also volunteer for Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates, a non-profit organization focused on supporting foster children currently under the court's ward. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help CASA achieve its mission do not hesitate to ask!
If you answered yes to any of the below questions, then I am the attorney for you.
Need to quiet title tax deed?
Need to negotiate a lien?
Need help understanding your contract?
Need help buying property?
Need to have Certificate of Title issued, get your Foreclosure bid deposit back, someone filed for bankruptcy after your Foreclosure bid, someone objected after your Foreclosure bid, someone appealed after your Foreclosure bid?
Need to get possession after your Certificate of Title was issued?
Need to negotiate with association for past owners' dues?
Need to get a tenant/person out of your property?
Need to rent your property?
Need to get access to your land?
Need to protect your property if something happens?
Need to have your spouse/children sign documents on your behalf?
Need to designate a guardian for your children if something happens?
Need a land trust/contract/note/mortgage/quit claim deed/release/satisfaction/assignment/modification?
Need to create a company?
Need to lend your company money?
Need to transfer properties to your company?
Need to designate a person to sign for your company when you cant?
Need to correct an error in your legal description/deed?
Need to add someone to your deed? or Need to get your ex off your deed?
Need to sell it/refinance property you've inherited?
Want to sell your house and finance the sale?
Want to lend money but are not sure how to secure it?
Lender forgot to record release/satisfaction?
I am a former big-bank foreclosure litigation attorney who practiced all over the state of Florida, representing major lenders and servicers such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase. I know how challenging it is to deal with the banks and to get results, and bring my insight and knowledge to the defense side and help homeowners every day to make smart and informed choices on selling, modifying, and defending their proprety. Our firm works with a strong team of agents and brokers, investors and asset managers, and title and mortgage agents to bring the most options to our clients in one place.
I bring my experience as a big bank attorney to my clients, always with a warm smile, a kind word, and a returned phone call.
Robert A. Fatini
17 years of Real Estate experience representing Buyers, Sellers, and Lenders with all aspects of purchases, sales and refinances. Incluidng drafting and negotiating Purchase and Sales agreements and title review.
Judith Delus Montgomery is a West- Indian American Attorney who grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Judith has always had a desire to protect everyday citizens and ensure that they are aware of their legal rights. Judith has worked both as a prosecutor for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida, and as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the Georgia Department of Labor. Judith practices in the areas of Family Law, Immigration Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law.
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, 2009
Bachelors of Science, Political Science, Education
The Florida State University, 2003
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
State Bar of Georgia
Member Since: 2012 through present
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
Member Since: 2012 through present
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
Member Since: 2012 through present
National Association of Professional Women
Member Since: 2011 through present
Heather A. Patchen
Licensed to practice in Florida and Colorado, Heather A. Patchen is an attorney with an M.B.A. who devotes her efforts to ensure that her clients’ property investments are well protected. Her law practice, Patchen Law, P.A., focuses on issues involving property with a special emphasis in the areas of eminent domain, property rights, real estate, and title closings.
Central Florida family lawyer and mediator Christophe Fiori, PLLC represents men and women in divorce or custody cases, and residential and commercial landlords in actions to recover their property..Helping other people overcome challenges in their lives has been a constant drive in Christophe Fiori’s life. Christophe’s unique perspective as an immigrant, small business owner, and attorney motivates him to focus on the many legal challenges that individuals face every day.Christophe has helped men and women in all aspects of a family law cases including divorce and paternity actions to establish parental rights under Florida law. Many of the cases Christophe has worked on have settled prior to trial, whether through the process of mediation, or other settlement negotiations. In some cases, a spouse may need alimony to become rehabilitated to the market place or to maintain a standard of living. Christophe has worked with individuals seeking alimony and with individuals being asked to pay alimony. Christophe prides strives to achieve the best possible results for the client fairly and professionally. Christophe grew up in Florida, but was born in France, and he speaks French fluently. Christophe immigrated to the US as a teenager, after living for several years in France, and South Africa. Gaining legal residency in the US was a lifelong process that ultimately motivated him to attend Law School.Besides his interests in business and the law, Christophe has always been fascinated by aviation. Christophe took his first flying lesson at Peter 'O Knight Airport on Davis Island, Florida at age 13. Christophe is a licensed pilot and flight instructor. Learning to fly and instructing has taught Christophe how to manage a high stress situations while still focus on the task at hand.
John Darling Lodge, F & AM
Captain, Civil Air Patrol
I enjoy the many different facets of the law. Each client's matter is unique, I like to think creatively for ways to resolve the issue to the client's satisfaction. I have always believed that litigation is the solution of last resort, not the first. Good communication between reasonable parties usually can lead to conflict resolution., but when it cannot, I am not afraid to use the resources of the legal system to obtain justice for my client.
John Christian Carlson
Substantial work experience with small business, government agencies, large multinational firms. residential complexes, foreign firms, and import-export companies.
Expertise in all matters of business affairs, including start-up, operations, partnerships, supplier relations, and sell-offs.
Experience drafting and/or reviewing such documents as incorporation filings, franchise agreement and disclosure statements, real estate and equipment leases, sales agreements, memorandum of understanding, promissory notes, deed and escrow documents, license agreements, surety bonds, fidelity bonds.
Expertise with nuances of the Uniform Commercial Code, especially Article 2 Sale of Goods, Article 3 Negotiable Instruments, and Article 9 Secured Transactions
Certified Global Business Professional candidate