Meet The Experts
The easy-to-understand legal content on FreeAdvice.com is prepared and continually updated by nationally respected specialists at dozens of leading American law firms, by highly credentialed attorneys and legal professionals on the company's legal and editorial staffs, and by the company's extensive network of participating attorneys.
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Gerry Goldsholle has 50 years of experience as an attorney and decades of insider’s knowledge of the insurance industry gained as a senior executive at the nation’s largest insurance company. For over 20 years at MetLife®, Gerry served in positions of increasing responsibility through President & CEO of MetLife Marketing Corporation, and as a founding officer of MetLife’s property-casualty and reinsurance businesses. He later served as a consultant to many other leading insurance companies. Gerry uses his extensive knowledge and experience to help Advocate Law Group’s clients get outstanding results.
Managing Editor, Attorney, & Legal Analyst
Melissa McCall is an accomplished lawyer, science journalist and legal analyst. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and spent two years as a Judicial Law Clerk on the Superior Court of the US Virgin Islands. This was followed by 2 years at the Law Office of Andrew C. Simpson and a brief stint as the Director of Environmental Protection for the US Virgin Islands. Since leaving the US Virgin Islands, she has worked as a legal recruiter, legal writer and legal analyst. She also earned a Master of Science in Journalism from Stony Brook University. She has been published in New York Family Magazine, Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension and a host of legal information websites. In her spare time, Melissa is an active volunteer with the Junior League of Washington, mentors young lawyers and continues on her quest to visit all 7 Continents.
Contributing Writers & Editors
Former Editor-in-Chief & Published Legal Expert with 30 Years Experience
Ms. Mary Martin worked as Chief Editor for Advice Company for over 20 years, responsible for ensuring that the content was straightforward, correct, and readable for the consumer. In addition, she worked on writing monthly FreeAdvice newsletter columns for media, lawyers, and consumers. Ms. Martin later assumed responsibility for internal staff and HR operations. Prior to joining the Company, she was employed for almost 30 years by the nationwide legal publisher, Commerce Clearing House, and served as an executive editor of its state tax publications. Later, she managed its California-based practice systems software unit, and served as a corporate officer. She is a graduate of Dominican University. In her after-hours position, she delights in the surprises personalities, and the infectious laughter of her grandchildren.
Attorney & Published Legal Expert
Patricia Gima has over 15 years in the publishing industry. Ms. Gima has served as a writer and editor for Nolo.com and for the legal publisher, Matthew Bender, editing numerous titles from fighting your traffic ticket to knowing your rights as a tenant, and co-authoring three books, including Nolo's Pocket Guide to California Law, The Trademark Registration Kit and Domain Names: How to Choose & Protect a Great Name for Your Website. Ms. Gima practiced law in San Francisco as a partner in Creative Media Law Group, specializing in corporate law and intellectual property matters for the technology industry. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and her BA from the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently serves as Associate VP of Content for Advice Company, managing content strategy, SEO and content marketing.
Attorney with Personal Injury and Sovereign Immunity Litigation Experience
Attorney for 25 Years with Risk Management Experience
Lauren Blair has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Lauren has been a licensed member in good standing of the Illinois bar since 1994, the year she graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to law school, Lauren obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government from Cornell University. For the first 20 years of her practice, she worked in mid-size law firms in Chicago, Morristown and Los Angeles, specializing in commercial litigation and employment law counseling and litigation. In 2014, Lauren founded Lauren Blair Consulting (LBC), a Chicago-based employment law consulting firm providing legal advice, strategies and risk management for businesses and individuals on a wide range of employment matters. LBC also offers legal compliance services through workforce training, auditing employment handbooks, policies and documents, and developing best workplace practices.
Lauren was a guest writer and blogger for Today's Chicago Woman Magazine from 2013-2014, with her online blog “Working It,” which offered an urban professional's perspective on issues, trends and hot topics for women in Chicago's business, civic and arts communities.
T.C. Kelly, Attorney with Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Employment Law Experience
Prior to his retirement, T.C. Kelly handled litigation and appeals in state and federal courts across the Midwest. He focused his practice on criminal defense, personal injury, and employment law. He now writes about legal issues for a variety of publications, including FreeAdvice.com and ExpertPages.com.
Kimberly DelMonico, Attorney
Kimberly DelMonico is a licensed attorney in New York and Nevada. She received her law degree from William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her undergraduate degree from New York University, where she studied psychology and broadcast journalism.
Laura Kuhl is a professional writer and SEO enthusiast. Her favorite font is Times New Roman. When she’s not writing about business and law, you can catch her at the movies or playing The Sims.