Staff

Ruth G. Wisecarver

Legal Assistant to E. T. Fernandez, III, Esq.

Ruth has been E.T. Fernandez, III's administrative legal assistant since 2013 and through her utilization of her 17 plus years' experience, training and skills has not only positively improved the dynamics of our firm but also the lives of our clients. Ruth is a native of Jacksonville and attended Episcopal High School. She graduated from the University of Georgia, relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and returned home to Jacksonville in 2009. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible with her grandson.

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.

Cindy A. Coffey

Legal Assistant to John M. Howell, Esq. and Michael S. O'Neal, Esq.

Cindy is a Jacksonville native. She graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School c/o '91 and then the University of North Florida in '96 with a BA in Criminal Justice. She has worked in the legal industry for Michael O'Neal, Esquire since 1993. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, paddle boarding and Pro Kadima with her husband and children.

Ben J. Swart

File Room Professional

Ben is from Wyoming, Michigan and moved to Jacksonville in 2009. He is very passionate about football (aka soccer) and enjoys watching it on the weekends with friends.