Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section

FJA recognizes the integral role that each paralegal has in a law firm. The FJA created the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section to acknowledge the value of the paralegal/legal assistant in the civil justice system. The Section provides each person with a professional association to grow in, peers to receive recognition from, and a sense of belonging. This Section will allow you to network, strategize, and get to know more of your peers involved in the Association. There are a host of tangible benefits too including access to a statewide email discussion group which can connect you to other paralegal/legal assistant experts for advice and resources. Furthermore, the FJA provides ongoing professional development programming specifically covering the most relevant topics such as technology, ethics, e-discovery, and other topics that directly relate to your practice area. We deliver those high-level training through in-person seminars, live webinars, MP3s/audio CDs, and video presentations.


Olga Patterson, Chair
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
  Meg Hartnett, Chair-Elect
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
  Michelle Montecalvo, Secretary
Normand, PLLC

  GiGi Brown
Membership Coordinator
Section Staff Liaison


2020-2022 Directors

Steve Sanchez
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP

Sylvia McMillon
Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter


Leslie McCown
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.


Cristina Dunaway
Dismuke Law, PLLC