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Alex Peterson, Esq.
Owner, Principal Attorney
and Speaker

Alex is a proud father (of twins) and husband, a Baltimore, Maryland transplant, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a graduate of Ave Maria School of Law.

He practices exclusively matrimonial and family law and has helped many families find stability in the midst of divorce or custody disputes.  To further his knowledge, Alex has studied at Parent Coaching International as well as the Proctor Gallagher Institute.

Alex volunteers his time at the Collier County Teen Court program. He's very passionate about music and has played drums in a band as well as at masses at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, video games, paddle boarding and virtually any outdoor activity.

Gregory Herrick
Associate Attorney

A native New Englander, Gregg began his voyage to Naples several years ago.  After law school at William & Mary in Virginia, Gregg started his legal career working at the State Attorney’s Office in West Palm Beach before moving into private practice with a Law firm in Jupiter, Florida. 

Prior to practicing law, Gregg was a paramedic. With this background, Gregg is used to helping people in challenging situations.  He enjoys practicing Family Law because it provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of clients during times of difficulty. 

When not at work, Gregg enjoys cooking, reading, and enjoying all that Southwest Florida has to offer.

Gregg is admitted to practice in Florida and Connecticut.

 

Ross Schulman
Associate Attorney

Ross recently joined the Family First Legal Group team after relocation from New York City. Prior to practicing law, Ross spent over a decade in finance, developing his negotiating and deal making skills on Wall Street. Ross uses his advanced negotiating skills to create favorable outcomes for you and your family.

Trading financial products at Spear Leeds & Kellogg (later Goldman Sachs) and Bear Stearns, and later working as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, Ross became extremely knowledgable about various asset classes and financial products. Ross is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. 

Outside of the office, Ross and his family are enjoying exploring their new home town. Ross is becoming quickly acclimated to the local dining scene (he is a foodie), kid friendly hangouts, and local beaches. If your lucky, you might even spot him skimboarding with his kids!

Ross is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Florida. 

 
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Gill "Jill" D'Achiardi
Client Intake Specialist

Originally from the Chicago area, Gill relocated to Naples in 1997. She graduated from FGCU in 2010 with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Shortly after, Gill married her husband who was enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps. After being stationed in Jacksonville, NC and having their first child, they chose to make Naples their permanent place of residence. There is no better place they would prefer to raise their family and are grateful to be part of this wonderful community.   

Gill is very family oriented. When not in the office, she spends any time she has planning barbecues, coordinating slumber parties for her nieces and nephews and organizing Family Park Party Sundays. Both her and her husband love camping and take every opportunity to 4-wheel and trail blaze throughout Southwest Florida. 

 

Diane Cotroneo
Sr. Paralegal

Diane is a proud wife, mother of three, and “Nana” to one.  She moved to Naples year-round in 2012 after practicing Family Law in Missouri for nearly a decade. A graduate of University of Missouri School of Law—Kansas City, Diane dedicated her practice to representing the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases.  Also working as a Court appointed Guardian ad Litem in Missouri, Diane will tell you the most gratifying experience was seeing parents come together and agree to a parenting plan that most benefitted the child’s relationship with both parents.  In addition, Diane was certified for Family Law Mediation in Missouri, representing the best interests of children in adoption cases.  At adoption finalization hearings, she happily designated herself as the photographer who
could convince any Judge to pose and commemorate
the special day. 

Diane is a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples.  When not in the office, Diane enjoys cooking, traveling, attending book club, and fast-walking with Maya the Havanese.  Her famous mac ‘n cheese recipe is also available upon request. 

 

Christina Urbanowski
PARALEGAL

Christina is a happy wife and a mother to three wonderful girls. She is practically a Naples native, having moved here from Columbus, Ohio when she was only two years old. She has been working in the legal industry since 1986 and has specifically worked in Family Law since 1991, focusing mainly on cases involving dissolution of marriage, paternity and guardianships of minors. 

Christina especially enjoys working in Family Law because it allows her the opportunity to assist people through this difficult time in their life. She likes being there to guide them through the process and help them with their "temporary rough spots;" making sure they know they are not alone and have someone to reach out to.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and with her grandbaby/grandson. 

 
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Jenna Ritter
Paralegal

Jenna is a rarity of South Florida…she’s a native! Originally from Homestead she has lived in Cape Coral since 2001. She began her legal career in a Personal Injury law firm at only 16 years old and has worked solely in Family Law since 2006. Jenna has a passion for family law, having been through a paternity case herself, and continues her knowledge by being involved with the Association of Family Law Professionals.  

Jenna is a proud Mother of three; her son, Aaron, and two stepchildren, Ashley and April.  Prior to marrying her amazing husband, Kevin, in October 2013, Jenna was a single mother to her son.  This experience helps her relate to clients and gives her a great desire to help others. 

In her spare time, Jenna is a very dedicated "Baseball Mom.” When not at work, she is more than likely at a baseball field. She is also on the Board of Directors for Cape Coral National Little League. 

 
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PAOLA DECRISTOFARO
LEGAL ASSISTANT

Paola was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela and became a native to Naples Florida in 2001. Paola has been working in Family Law for over three years, focusing on cases involving Dissolution of Marriage, Paternity and Dependency. Her stepfather adopted her when she was eleven years old, which gives her a real connection to Family Law and the Family First Legal Group practice. Paola also spends a large majority of her free time volunteering for the Guardian Ad Litem program to help children who have been abused and neglected by investigating and standing for the child’s best interest to the court. 

 
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Amy Vaughan
Discovery Director

Amy grew up in a small town (as in 10,000 people) in southern Missouri. After her mom fell in love with the place after a visiting a friend, she moved to Naples in 2005.

Amy worked at the front desk of an executive complex for 10 years. During that time, she worked with numerous attorneys and court reporters who conducted business in the complex. She became more intrigued by law and made the decision to go to school to obtain her Paralegal Certification.

In Amy’s free time, she enjoys going to rock concerts, spending time with her rescue dog, Lizzy, and sitting at home working on a good puzzle book.

 
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Fabiola Jauregui
Director of First IMpressions

Born in Peru, Fabiola (also known as Fabi) migrated to the United States at the age of 9 and has resided in Naples ever since. She has worked in the sales and customer service industry and owns a local landscaping company with her husband, Grant. She utilizes this experience to create a lasting impression on potential and current clients of Family First Legal Group.  

Fabiola enjoys traveling, meeting new people and spending time with her family. In her free time, she also loves to be involved in the community. She often coordinates and hosts charity events or collects donations to give back to the community.

She is happy to be a part of the Family First Legal Group team where she able to assist in helping any person that walks through our doors. 

 
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KATIE PETERSON
Contract FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Katie is a happy wife and mother of twins, who keep her rather busy. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and moved to Naples in 2010. 

She spent over 15 years in the media industry, focusing on online and print advertising, sales, marketing and production including acting as the Director of Operations for a National magazine for well over a decade. With all of this knowledge, she started her own consulting business (Family First Consulting Group, LLC) with a focus on helping small businesses with their day-to-day operations, marketing initiatives, financials, staffing and more on an executive level. She works with Family First Legal Group on various projects and is constantly helping to create and update the Firm's policies and procedures to make our office as efficient as possible and to ensure that clients receive the best service possible from the staff.

Should you or someone you know have a business that could use Katie's expertise, feel free to reach out to her at katie@familyfirstconsultinggroup.com. 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys being outdoors whether lounging or paddle boarding at the beach, swimming at her pool or basking in the glorious sun Naples has to offer. She always wanted to be a chef, and loves cooking, watching cooking shows/competitions and finding new restaurants to dine at around town.