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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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Managing Editor, Lawyer, & Legal Analyst
Jeffrey Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has worked in legal offices and nonprofits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University and worked in film, education, and publishing. His professional writing has appeared on sites like The Manifest and Vice, and he is the author of a novel and several scripts that were adapted into short films. In his spare time, Jeffrey makes as much as he can from scratch, travels, and spends time with his enormous extended family.
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.
Former Editor, Lawyer, & 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 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.
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 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.
Bob Scott, Attorney Bob Scott Advocate Law Group
Bob is a well-known trial attorney, specializing in all aspects of insurance litigation against insurance companies on behalf of the insured. Rigorously maintaining the highest standards of professional ethics, he has obtained multi-million dollar judgments, substantial arbitration awards and out-of-court settlements on behalf of his clients. Bob’s clients have ranged from individuals victimized by insurance companies to large banks and industrial companies, who recognize the value of having him as their insurance expert to help make sure they get the best possible deal from insurance companies.