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About Us 2018-10-29T13:02:59+00:00

LOCAL TEAM. WORLD CLASS RESULTS.

Cristen H. Martinez, ESQ.President & CEO
Cristen is a cum laude graduate of Florida State University, and received her juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2010. While at Stetson University College of Law, Cristen served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Stetson Law Review. Prior to opening her own practice, Ms. Martinez served as a intern to the Honorable Cheryl Thomas in Tampa, Florida. She also gained extensive knowledge and experience in real estate and general civil matters while working at statewide law firms, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel, & Burns, LLP, GrayRobinson, and Broad and Cassel.

Cristen has litigated cases for clients ranging from multi-million dollar corporations to individual home owners. Her experience in the large law firm setting has given her a perspective and skill set that very few solo practitioners possess. She is therefore able to offer her clients the expert legal advice one would expect from a large law firm, while providing the personal attention and service her clients deserve.

Stephanie GibsonChief Operating Officer
Stephanie is a Certified Public Accountant with over eight years of experience, and is excited to bring her knowledge of accounting, business and project management to Martinez Law. She graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Accountancy degree. While at Florida State University, Stephanie was a member of the All-Girl Cheerleading team while gaining experience as an assistant accountant with Mitchell and Company. Prior to joining the team, Stephanie worked as a financial reporting manager at Transamerica and as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she managed a team over financial reporting and oversight duties. These duties included management of an audit from start to finish including client relations, oversight and review in the production of fund financial statements and SEC filings, valuation of hard to price investment securities as well as review and approval of fund budgets. Stephanie resides in Lutz, FL with her husband and two children.

Stephanie’s involvement in community service includes working with the United Way participating in community clean up projects and Junior Achievement as a JA Be Entrepreneurial volunteer.

Grace C. LonerganParalegal
Grace is a Certified Paralegal with 17 years of civil litigation experience. She graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Keiser University. Grace is a member of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association and is certified through the National Association of Legal Assistants and is a Registered Paralegal with The Florida Bar. Prior to joining the team, Grace worked as a Construction Litigation Paralegal at a National firm in downtown Tampa.

Grace is active in her church and enjoys volunteering in community outreach including Feeding Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries.

Heather N. Paoli
Heather is a certified paralegal with expertise in real estate and general civil litigation matters. She joined the firm in 2016 with 10 years of legal experience.

Heather graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from St. Leo University. Subsequently, she received her certification in paralegal studies from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Heather has served as a legal assistant, billing specialist, and a paralegal at small to large-sized law firms throughout the last 10 years. She has had a specific focus on real estate and civil litigation matters for the last 4 years and continues to apply the knowledge and experience she gained during that time to provide exceptional care to the firm’s clients.

Heather is also heavily involved in the local community, serving as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving as a Youth Group Leader, and coordinating fundraising efforts for Light the Night.

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