Board of Directors
Jessica M. Farrelly
Jessica is a Member at Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. Jessica specializes in employment law. Her extensive employment litigation experience includes representing employers in the defense of all types of claims at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels. In state and federal courts in Florida and Massachusetts, Jessica has litigated discrimination claims concerning race, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, and disability. She also defends all types of retaliation claims, and wage and hour matters involving the Department of Labor and private lawsuits filed by employees. Jessica frequently conducts workplace investigations involving allegations of employee misconduct, sexual and other harassment, discrimination, and bullying.
Jessica partners with management teams to provide practical counseling and risk management guidance and assists with developing proactive measures to minimize future risk and liability. She provides guidance on a broad range of employment issues, helping management and human resources personnel avoid potential pitfalls. Jessica also collaborates with employers regarding review and drafting of employee handbooks and policy manuals. She offers tailored in-house training regarding discrimination, harassment, discipline, and other employment law issues.
Jessica is admitted to practice in Florida and Massachusetts and received her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Dayton. Jessica is a former Division I collegiate tennis player and an avid runner who has completed the Boston Marathon. She is the proud mother of an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter.
Stephanie F. Murphy
Stephanie is a native of Florida, having been born and raised in Polk County, Florida. She graduated from Converse College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. Stephanie began her legal career representing the State of Florida Department of Revenue (DOR), Office for Child Support Enforcement, through a private contract law firm. As a DOR attorney, she prosecuted child support cases, by establishing paternity for unwed mothers, establishing child support for custodial parents, enforcing previously-entered child support orders, and modifying same when legally justified to do so.
Stephanie left the public sector and came to Sarasota, where she became a member of its thriving legal community. In private practice, Stephanie has had the opportunity to expand the narrow field of child support to the larger, complex discipline of family law. As a private practitioner, she has become active in the legal community: she was appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida for her second 4-year term as a member of the Mediator Qualifications Discipline and Review Board, which is part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center for the Supreme Court; she is the Vice President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers in Sarasota; is a member of the Governing Board for Sarasota Academy of the Arts; and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Sarasota Bar. In the past, she served as a Guardian ad Litem, Judge for the Teen Court program, and a Big Sister for the Bigs in School program through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Stephanie’s practice areas include adoption, from step-parent and relative adoptions, to private placement adoptions; as well as the broad spectrum of family law, including divorce; paternity; child support; property division; custody and visitation; enforcement and modification; and prenuptial agreements.
Julie S. Luhrsen
Julie is a partner with Luhrsen Goldberg, P.A. Julie focuses her practice primarily on representing the injured. She handles Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance disputes on behalf of doctors, providers and individuals unfairly denied payment by insurance carriers as well. Prior to moving to Florida in 1998, Julie served for nearly eight years as an active-duty Army JAG attorney. She gained invaluable trial experience during her five years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she tried cases as a criminal prosecutor and then criminal defense counsel. uring those years, she also routinely jumped out of “perfectly good airplanes.”
Julie is licensed in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina and received her J.D., cum laude, from University of Richmond in Virginia and a B.A., cum laude, from Miami University in Ohio. She is a member of the Sarsasota County Bar Association and has served as a Trustee on the boards of Forty Carrots Family Center and The Out-of-Door Academy. Outside of the office, Julie enjoys reading, working out, gardening and spending time with her son and daughter and their two four-legged brothers.
Charlie Ann Syprett
Charlie Ann began her career in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the U.S. Department of Labor where she co-authored the territory’s anti-discrimination laws. She moved to Florida in 1981 to work as an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Division for the 12th Judicial. While there, she became the first woman to be certified to try death penalty cases and a member of the elite Capital Division. She was in private practice from 1992 until 2005, and handled criminal defense and family law matters as well as criminal appeals and advocacy work for cancer-related causes.
From 2007 to 2018, Charlie Ann led Strategic Philanthropy-Smart Fundraising which provided non-profit management, development consulting and special event work for clients. Her clients included Legal Aid of Manasota, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the SCBA, Sarasota Film Festival, and ASHALH, Inc. Although now retired, she continues to serve select Sarasota non-profits including Planned Parenthood, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation specializing in mission infused special projects and events.
During that same time period and to the present, Charlie Ann has been an active member of the SCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, including serving as its chair since 2016; a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers member; a longtime member of the Manatee and Sarasota chapters of FAWL, including current service as the Sarasota Chapter’s Treasurer and past service as the Vice President of the Manatee chapter; and a founding member of the Manatee County Inns of Court and member of the Sarasota County Inns of Court. She has served as an event coordinator and chair of multiple events benefiting the SCBA, Legal Aid, ASALH and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Charlie Ann was the first woman appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission, ultimately serving as its first woman chair. She also was the Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar’s statewide Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. She has been honored by Susan J. Komen for her advocacy work on behalf of cancer patients and by the SCBA with the C.L. McKaig award for extraordinary service to the Bar. She has written and presented on topics ranging from criminal sentencing to strategic philanthropy to cancer support. She co-created the mult-media WE ARE SARASOTA program celebrating Sarasota’s evolving multiculturalism. She was recently recognized by the Florida Bar for her work on WE ARE SARASOTA.
Charlie Ann received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Wheaton College with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
- Email: CSyprett@verizon.net
H. Alexis Rosenberg
Immediate Past President
Alexis Rosenberg is a partner at Rosenberg Law, P.A. with offices in both Sarasota and Boca Raton, Florida. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2000 and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year. Ms. Rosenberg is admitted in the U.S. District Courts of the Southern District, Middle District and Northern District of Florida and has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in multiple cases in both the Eastern District of New York and the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Rosenberg’s firm is a boutique healthcare litigation firm that strives to defend healthcare providers and healthcare entities including referral services in matters involving insurance fraud, racketeering, business disputes, and compliance. Ms. Rosenberg is active in her community including as a former board member for her homeowner’s association, on committees of her temple, with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Sarasota County Bar Association. She has also served on multiple committees for charity events including Selah Freedom and Animal Rescue Coalition.