Support Staff

Our support-staff team works under the direction of the various attorneys. Our paralegals do not answer legal questions, but they use their years of experience in the legal field to assist our clients and manage the details of various client matters.

Donna Dendy, PP, PLS, CLA – Donna is a Professional Legal Secretary with over 40 years of legal experience. She holds a Professional Paralegal Certification through NALS (the association for legal professionals) and previously served as their president. She is the probate and estate-planning paralegal responsible for assisting Artie Giotes, Scott Omo, and Randy Page. Donna prepares pleadings, real estate documents, estate tax returns, and has direct client communications. Donna’s email address is dkd@pakislaw.com

Melissa Jaster –  Melissa joined the firm in 2017 and is primarily in charge of our front desk.

Phyllis Herrington – Phyllis has been with our firm since 1988.  She is a part-time staff member responsible primarily for the library and assisting in other administrative duties, such as billing.

Kristy Higginbotham – Kristy joined the firm in 2008 and has assisted in a variety of areas.  She is currently the corporate paralegal responsible primarily for assisting John Burleson, Rodney A. Chamness, Scott Omo, Randy Page, and Lee Allgood in business and commercial matters, business entity creation and maintenance, and federal and state taxation matters, as well as trademark and licensing issues.  Kristy’s email address is kmh@pakislaw.com.

Karen Kirkpatrick – Karen has been with our firm since 2001 and is the financial administrator.  Karen is responsible for all parts of the financial process, including the preparation of client invoices, the payment of the firm’s accounts payable, payroll, and the preparation of financial statements.  She is able to answer questions related to the billing process.  Karen’s email address is krk@pakislaw.com.

Debbie Louge – Debbie joined the firm in 2016 and has over fifteen years of legal experience.  She primarily works with the corporate and estate-planning attorneys. Debbie’s email address is dml@pakislaw.com.

Dan Pullin – Dan has been with our firm since 1988. He meets the needs of attorneys and staff in his daily office administrative duties as well as performing the roles of firm Courier and Purchasing Agent. Dan’s email address is dwp@pakislaw.com.

Annette Stansberry – Annette has been with our firm since 2006.  She works with litigation, estate planning, and probate law attorneys in preparing their documents and correspondence.

Carol Woolston, PLS – Carol has been with our firm since 1981. Carol is a litigation paralegal responsible primarily for assisting David Alford and Marcus Mataga in various litigation and bankruptcy matters.  She also works closely with Carlie Gause in assisting with real estate matters. Carol schedules depositions, prepares pleadings, and has direct client communications. Carol’s email address is cwl@pakislaw.com.

Jan Young – Jan has been with our firm since 1993 and has twenty-plus years legal experience.  Jan is a litigation paralegal responsible primarily for assisting Mike Cosby, Dave Deaconson,  Jim Hering, and Marcus Mataga in various litigation matters.  Jan schedules depositions, prepares pleadings, works on appellate briefs, and has direct client communications.  Jan’s email address is sjy@pakislaw.com.