Paralegals

Maryanne Durden

Senior Trial Paralegal to Ellis T. Fernandez, III, Esq.
Jacksonville and Orlando Offices

Maryanne has been in the legal profession for more than 31 years, which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law, and she feels it is important to continually increase her knowledge, not only in the legal field, but also in other areas that will enhance her ability to serve clients. She holds a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the University of North Florida. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 25 years and are both natives of Jacksonville. Their daughter, Ashlynn, graduated from USF in 2014 with a degree in Criminology and resides in Tampa.

Debra R. Malone, CP, FCP, FRP

Trial Paralegal
Jacksonville Office

Debbie is a certified and registered paralegal and has been in the legal profession for more than 33 years. She graduated from the Paralegal Studies Institute at University of North Florida and the American Institute of Paralegal Studies at Jacksonville University. Throughout her career, Debbie has had the opportunity to work in many areas of law. She is also a Jacksonville native.

Julia B. Sleweon

Paralegal to Michael S. O'Neal, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Julia is a certified paralegal with over 15 years’ experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law and Political Science from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with her daughter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to enjoy the Sunshine State.

Lennette F. Daniels, FRP

Paralegal to Gregory E. Blackwell, Esq.
Jacksonville and Orlando Offices

Lennette is a Florida Registered Paralegal and has been working in the law field for over 18 years. She is passionate about providing clients an exceptional level of customer service. She has an Associate's degree in Legal Studies from City College and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Lennette recently moved to Jacksonville from Gainesville, Florida with her daughter and two dogs. Her daughter, Destiny, is currently a college junior working on a double Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Psychology.

Shalana E. Peterson

Paralegal to John M. Howell, Esq.
Jacksonville Office

Shalana is a Florida native, born and raised in Orlando. She has several years of legal experience as a paralegal, with exposure to different areas of law. Shalana has earned a Certificate of Paralegal Studies & Associates in Science Degree, with Honors and is a Phi Theta Kappa member. She also holds a Victims Advocacy Certificate and is committed to fighting fervently for each client as an individual. Above all else she is a loving mother and a die-hard Florida State Seminole fan!

Melissa S. Hunter

Paralegal Assistant to Maryanne Durden

Melissa was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida, where she helped run her father's family business. She moved to Madison, Florida where she worked as a legal assistant and office manager for a law firm. She later met and married her husband. She and her husband were married in 2010 and together they have five (5) children, four boys and a girl. In the middle of 2012, Melissa and her family moved to Jacksonville. A few weeks later, Melissa joined the trial team here at Fernandez Trial Lawyers. She brings over 15 plus years of clerical experience as well as over eight years in the legal field. Melissa will be attending the paralegal certificate program through UNF starting this fall.