Directors

 


Catherine M. Carson-Freymann  Cathi Carson-Freymann

Cathi is a partner in Goodman McGuffey LLP. Her areas of practice include all aspects of insurance and general liability defense, including personal injury defense, premises liability, automobile liability, and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Carson-Freymann also has extensive experience with intellectual property litigation, including trademark prosecution and domain name dispute resolution.

Ms. Carson-Freymann graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as a member of Law Review.

Ms. Carson-Freymann spent more than eight years as an on-air investigative reporter and legal analyst. She provided commentary on major trials, uncovered fraud, and exposed government waste. She was awarded 1st Place for Investigative Reporting and 1st Place for Individual Achievement by the Florida Associated Press.

Ms. Carson-Freymann is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and all courts within the State of Florida. She is also admitted to practice in Georgia.


Marjorie Chalfant

Marjorie Chalfant is a medical malpractice attorney with more than 30 years of combined medical and legal experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a critical care Registered Nurse in numerous hospitals and nursing homes in Central Florida.  She also worked at most of the major hospitals in the Seattle area, including Harborview, which is one of the top emergency/trauma centers in the nation.

Since graduating law school in 1991, Marjorie has applied her extensive nursing experience to her law practice.  She specializes in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, representing patients and their surviving family members in medical malpractice and serious injury cases.

When difficult cases don’t settle, Marjorie is ready to represent her clients through trial to get justice.  Knowing the medicine and being familiar with complex medical problems gives her the advantage in representing injured clients.

After graduating from high school at the age of 16 she attended nursing school and was Vice-President of her nursing class (at the age of 17).  Throughout nursing school she worked as a Nursing Assistant in many Florida hospitals and nursing homes.  After graduating from nursing school at the age of 18 she continued her college education at the University of Central Florida while working as a Critical Care nurse.  While obtaining pre-requisites for law school Marjorie managed a cardiac rehabilitation and wellness program for Winter Park Memorial Hospital (now part of the Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System), and started a very innovative pulmonary rehabilitation program for patients suffering with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other respiratory disabilities.

While attending Seattle University School of Law, Marjorie worked at Harborview, a Level I Trauma Center.  After graduating from law school, Marjorie continued to work as a Trauma Nurse at Harborview while building her own specialty medical malpractice and serious injury law firm in the Seattle (Bellevue) area.

Marjorie knows the standards of care and what is expected of nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers.  As an experienced Registered Nurse, she knows what goes on “behind the scenes” in hospitals and nursing homes, and she is extremely comfortable with reviewing and understanding medical records and complex medical issues.  Her exceptional results with difficult and complex cases have demonstrated her advantage in having combined careers in nursing and law.  In addition to the satisfaction of getting justice for her clients, Marjorie enjoys the intellectual challenge and complexity of medical-legal cases.

When Marjorie is away from her office she enjoys spending time on her ranch with her daughters and horses.


Regina Kardash 

Regina A. Kardash, a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in City, County and Local Government Law, has represented municipal clients in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.  She serves as the Town Attorney for Indian Shores and Belleair Shore, Special Magistrate of the City of Palmetto, Board Attorney for the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, and Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Longboat Key. Regina was appointed to the Pinellas County Local Planning Agency, serving as Chairwoman in 2016 and 2017. She has litigated cases for clients in County Court, Circuit Court and Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.  Regina has also served as a hearing officer for the St. Petersburg Housing Authority and was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee.  Regina is active in the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, serving as President for the 2016-2017 term, and received FAWL’s “Leaders in the Law Award” in 2012.  She is also a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and Clearwater Bar Association.

Regina was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area.  She completed a 200 hour teacher training in 2010 with a certificate to teach Prana Flow yoga.  In addition to yoga, she enjoys traveling, nature, local music and spending time with her son.


Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts is a bankruptcy and business attorney. Her practice includes representing consumer bankruptcy debtors in the Sarasota and Tampa areas, appearing for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and assisting small businesses with their startup, contract, and dispute resolutions needs.  Ms. Roberts has been included on Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Starts” list for six consecutive years and is a current Florida Bar Business Law Section Fellow.

Ms. Roberts earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010. As a law student, she was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence for her work as a Certified Legal Intern for the Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic. After entering practice, Ms. Roberts continued to give her time to the Clinic as a mentor and a guest lecturer on chapter 13 practice. She has served on the steering committee for the University of Miami Bankruptcy Skills Workshop, an annual continuing legal education program benefiting the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund providing scholarships for law students interested in bankruptcy practice, since 2014.

Throughout her career, Ms. Roberts has been committed to financial literacy education and her local community. While practicing in Miami, she was a frequent speaker for the Miami Dade Legal Aid “Put Something Back” on the topic of bankruptcy for attorneys taking pro bono cases and taught the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) to at-risk youth.

In early 2018, Ms. Roberts moved from Miami to Sarasota. Since her relocation, she opened her firm, Roberts Law, PLLC, and has sought to further financial literacy education in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Ms. Roberts successfully assisted Manatee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in obtaining a grant to provide financial literacy education to young adults aging out of foster care, and is currently working with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc. to develop budgeting education for homeowner applicants.

Ms. Roberts is an active member of local, state, and national organizations. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a Barrister Member of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, and is currently serving as a Director for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter.


Amber Slayton 

Amber serves as the City Attorney for the City of North Port, Florida. She manages the City Attorney’s Office, which provides comprehensive general counsel services to the City Commission, advisory boards, and all City departments. Prior to joining the City, Amber practiced local government law in the Dallas area, where she represented more than 40 governmental and quasi-governmental entities as general and special counsel. She has briefed and argued appeals before the Texas Supreme Court and numerous state courts of appeals. She has also litigated cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts. Amber formerly served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge, presiding over trial and pretrial dockets for Class C misdemeanors and performing magistrate duties in the city jail.
Amber is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas, as well as the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal district courts. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
Amber serves as a committee chair for the City, County, Local Government Section of the Florida Bar and sits on the Board of Directors for The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Inc. Amber formerly sat on the Board of Directors for Operation Kindness, Inc., North Texas’ largest no-kill animal shelter, and volunteered for Guardian Angel Dog Rescue. Outside the office, she enjoys photography, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family, which includes three rescue dogs.


Michele Stephan

Michele is an attorney with Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. handling defective medical device cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country.

Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years. Her experience includes litigating matters involving products liability/defective medical devices, mass torts, personal injury, nursing home negligence, federal civil rights litigation, international child abduction under The Hague Convention, and international matters involving civil theft and fraud.  In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Stephan has handled appellate matters before the Second District Court of Appeals and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator in the areas of circuit civil and family.

 Ms. Stephan has a longstanding commitment to helping low income and indigent persons in need of legal services.  She was awarded the 2017 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, the 2017 Florida Association for Women Lawyers “Leaders in the Law” award and has been featured by News Channel 9 as an “Everyday Hero” and Sarasota News Network’s “People You Should Know.”  She has also been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association, the 2015, 2014 and 2011 Service to the Community Award by Legal Aid of Manasota, the 2008 Member of the Year award from the Sarasota County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and was recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida in 2007 for outstanding pro-bono service.

She has also been committed to serving the legal profession and community. Ms. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Sarasota County Bar Association Programs Committee.  She is a past president of the Sarasota County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Layers, a past Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution section, a past editor of the Sarasota County Bar Association legal newspaper “The Docket,” a Master Emeritus of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and a member of the member of the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

Ms. Stephan also serves as a volunteer judge for Teen Court of Sarasota County and teaches a pro se divorce clinic for Legal Aid of Manasota.  She has served as a board member of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast and the Friends of the Selby Public Library.

 


Lori Wolf

Lori Wolf works in personal injury law.  Lori was raised in Bradenton, Florida, and started practicing as a second career Florida lawyer. She has previously worked as civil litigator specializing in the areas of corporate and real estate law. She recently returned to her roots after working and living out of state for several years. She has obtained bar licenses in Florida, Texas, and Nebraska and is licensed to practice in the Federal District Trial Courts in the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Lori graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, in 2006, while raising her three children.  She also holds a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from Duke University, cum laude.

For fun, Lori enjoys ballroom dance, horseback riding, creative cooking, working out, and her church. Over the years, she has been involved in numerous leadership roles and charitable and civic organizations. She eagerly welcomes building long term relationships with FAWL members and reconnecting with her community.