Listee Features — Law

JENNIFER GILES

When Jennifer Giles was young, she was torn between pursuing law or architecture. It wasn’t until her third year as an undergrad that she decided to focus on the former. Family law in particular caught her attention because it would allow her to help others through tough times; a lot of the job is listening and empathizing with people. As a partner and owner of VanLanduyt Giles Greer, LLC, Ms. Giles handles a variety of topics, including divorce, adoption, custody disputes, protective orders, and child support. She strives to avoid litigation whenever possible, especially when there are children involved, but clients know they can count on her to be there for them whatever their needs. She is fluent in Spanish

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SYLVIA GOLDSCHMIDT

Growing up, Sylvia Goldschmidt wanted to save the world. She initially thought the best way to achieve her goal was through psychology and sociology, so she obtained a joint undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo. After a year serving VISTA, now known as AmeriCorps, however, Ms. Goldschmidt decided that she could make the most difference as a lawyer. She proceeded to earn a JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1981 and an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1982, and to become admitted to practice in the state of New York in1983. Degrees in hand, she set out on her new path, and she hasn’t looked back since. ​ Now, Ms. Goldschmidt is thriving

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ROSE MARY ZAPOR

Backed by decades of experience with elder law and mediation, Rose Mary Zapor is thriving as an attorney at Zapor Law Office, P.C. She started the practice with the goal of helping as many people as possible, noting that, “families are facing challenges that previous generations have never known – longer lives, higher health costs, and shrinking resources.” Over the years, Ms. Zapor has accrued a reputation a passionate and skilled advocate for those in need. Her practice also includes wills and probate, Medicaid application and planning, guardianship and conservatorship, and social security disability. ​ Ms. Zapor’s introduction to law came when, at 18 years old, she was told she was not allowed to vote in the federal election. She

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DEBORA J. TURNER

Coming from a family of public servants, Debora J. Turner is very conscious of issues relating to her community. She decided at a young age that she wanted to help, and used her skills in writing and problem-solving to work toward that goal. Ms. Turner proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts and a JD from the University of Miami, and certification as a Florida public pension trustee through the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association. She then became admitted to practice before the state of Florida, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She considers her

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PHYLLIS FEDERICO

With experience in family, divorce, prenuptial, post-nuptial, and paternity law, Phyllis Federico has thrived as a founding partner of Schmidt & Federico, P.C., since 1994. Her responsibilities include handling high-conflict disputes with an emphasis on business valuation and custody litigation, and ensuring clients get the most effective solutions and advice possible. Over the years, Ms. Federico has garnered a reputation for being strong, compassionate, and fearless. She loves being able to use her voice to fight for those without one. ​ One of Ms. Federico’s greatest professional achievements was starting a pilot program, Child Focus Facilitation, in the Middlesex probate and family court. She considers her involvement with the program to be the most rewarding thing she does as a

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MARY LIBBY PAYNE

Backed by a keen sense of justice, Mary Libby Payne set out to become a voice for the voiceless. She became a lawyer in 1955, and quickly worked her way up the chain. Over the years, she held positions like secretary with Guaranty Title Co., partner with Bickerstaff & Bickerstaff, associate of Henley, Jones, & Henley, Jackson, solo practitioner, executive director of the Mississippi Judiciary Commission, chief of drafting and research for the Mississippi House of Representatives, and assistant attorney general in the State Attorney General Office. Judge Payne broke into academia in 1975, when she became the founding dean and associate professor in the School of Law at Mississippi College. She decided that she liked using her experience to

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EVA JO SPARKS

Positive, hardworking and honest, Eva Jo Sparks has become a trusted member of the forensic consulting community. Her expertise lies in white collar crimes like financial and health care fraud, predatory lending, and mortgage crime, and led her to create her company, Oklahoma Expert Witness. There, she is responsible for forensic accounting and investigations, detecting embezzlement, reconstructing financial records and books, preparing cases for court, creating trial exhibits, and testifying in federal and state courts. ​ The most gratifying aspect of Ms. Sparks’ job, however, is assisting pro se litigants who have been wrongfully cheated and have no means to assist themselves. One of her most notable cases involved an attorney altering her expert report regarding Medicare fraud. She worked

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KRISTIE L. BOWERMAN

Seeing a need for compassionate and skilled immigration attorneys, Kristie L. Bowerman decided that she wanted to both provide personal legal representation and assist younger attorneys in doing the same. She worked toward that goal by earning a JD from Tulane University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from GVSU in 1995, and by becoming admitted to practice in the state of Louisiana. Now, Ms. Bowerman is living out her dreams as the founder and senior attorney of the Immigration & Nationality Law Group. She opened the firm in 2004, and focuses on the benefits side of immigration and employment-based immigration. One of her main responsibilities is filing proactive applications for people who want to come

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KAREN TRIPP

Smart and fair, Karen Tripp has spent decades pursuing law. She loves having the opportunity to help clients, particularly with intellectual property, and as the head of her own eponymous firm, she is able to do just that. Her main focus is oilfield, chemical, and licensing patents, although she has experience in a variety of other areas as well. Her professional resume includes roles as the president of Blake Barnett & Company, head of the intellectual property section of the Houston Office of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, Attorneys at Law, shareholder and associate at Arnold, White and Durkee, attorney and technical transfer coordinator for the Exxon Production Research Company, and law clerk to both Tucker, Gray & Epsy and the

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D. ROBIN GOUVEIA

Inspired to become a lawyer in second grade by her best friend’s father, D. Robin Gouveia has thrived as a managing attorney for d’Oliveira and Associates. She joined the firm in 2011, and focuses her practice on personal injury and disability law. Her day-to-day responsibilities include speaking to prospective clients, meeting with active clients, and drafting and reviewing letters to insurance companies. Ms. Gouveia also communicates with medical providers and develops with case strategies. She loves that the job allows her to help others, and hopes that, in the future, she will continue to advance in the field. One of her goals is to teach her associates to appreciate law as much as she does. ​ Ms. Gouveia is active

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