Editorial Staff

Mary Martin

Ms. Martin joined Advice Company as Chief Editor of the legal content on FreeAdvice, 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.

Patricia Gima

Patricia Gima is a senior member of the Advice Company content team with 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.

Colin Holloway

Colin Holloway attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a B.S. of Decision Science and Social History. He then attended Emory University School of Law, and is currently admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland where he focuses mostly on criminal law and personal injury law. Colin has been a full time legal editor and writer for Advice Company since February of 2011.

Contributing Writers & Editors

Michelle Burton

Michelle Burton is the founder of MCB Media—a content production company. She has several books to her credit and hundreds of articles on all topics from A-Z. Ms. Burton has worked with Wiley Publishing, Redbook Magazine, Curl Magazine, Yahoo!, Publications International, Apandisis Publishing, Black Mountain Publishing, Glove Box Guides, BGP Site Solutions, Trouve Media, and the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy (ISIPP).

Alina Hadi

Alina Hadi is an attorney specializing in federal income taxation and employee benefits. Ms. Hadi gained experience in employee benefits through her work as a consultant at an employee benefits consulting firm where she advised clients on issues related to retirement, health care, and employment law. She has previously worked as a law clerk at the United States Tax Court and as an associate at two large law firms in the corporate and tax groups. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Ms. Hadi earned her JD from Howard University School of Law and her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in the state of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Tax Court.

Christy Rakoczy

Christy Rakoczy is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she earned her JD degree and was the recipient of several CALI Awards for Excellence. Ms. Rakoczy has been a full time freelance writer specializing in legal writing for more than five years. In addition to writing for FreeAdvice, she also writes paralegal and legal studies textbooks and oversees the creation of online paralegal courses.

Monica Sanders

Monica Sanders is a Washington, DC area lawyer with more than 10 years writing experience. Her areas of work include; criminal law, personal finance and consumer issues as well as international and business law. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sanders spent more than seven years in television and online journalism. She also has written for consumer and legal websites in addition to academic publications. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, a JD from the Catholic University of America and an LLM from the University of London.

Holly White

Holly White earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. After working for a small business law firm for 3 years, she branched out and opened her own mediation practice in Arizona. She is a wife and mother of two boys who she home schools. Currently, Holly is a professional legal writer and advisor with specialties in tax, estate planning, family, business, education and intellectual property law.

Jessica Zimmer

Jessica Zimmer is a Florida-licensed attorney with a background in criminal and civil defense. She graduated in 2006 from the Levin College of Law of the University of Florida. She has worked for the state of Florida and has taught in the social sciences as a university professor.

The Contributing Writers and Editors listed are some of the more than 20 attorneys and legal writers who regularly author or edit legal content on FreeAdvice.com on a part-time basis. In addition, there are over 200 other licensed attorneys who have provided answers to legal questions or otherwise contributed legal content to FreeAdvice.com during the past 3 months.