Employee of the Month
02/01/2023: Cesar Hernandez was awarded Employee of the Month for February 2023. Cesar has worked in the IT Department for Holland Law Group since May 2020. He is an integral part of the Firm, and we appreciate his service.
01/01/2023: Lakisha Caldwell was awarded Employee of the Month for January 2023. Lakisha has worked for Holland Law Group since January 2020. She is the backbone of the Intake Department and goes above and beyond for our clients.
Holland Law Group Welcomes Jonathan Martinez!
02/06/2023: We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Martinez has accepted the position of Legal Assistant I in the Intake Department.
Jonathan graduated from University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida with a degree in Criminology. Prior to accepting this position, he served as Clerk of Board Records at the Manatee County Clerk's office and as a Benefits Coordinator for the Office of Veteran Success. Jonathan brings experience and a proven track record of success in the Military field (Thank you for serving our country), which will be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives.
We are confident that Jonathan will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the Intake Department. Jonathan will be located in our Bradenton office.
HLG in the Community: Continuing Bankruptcy and Collections Defense Education in Sarasota County
11/04/2022: In most consumer debt collection actions, the parties must attend a mediation to attempt to resolve the dispute before trial. In November 2022, Holland Law Group attorneys, J. Edward Richards and Elyssa Harvey Tenenblatt, worked with the Florida 12th Judicial Circuit's Citizen Dispute Settlement Program to provide continuing mediation education to many of the Circuit's volunteer mediators. Along with another local attorney, Edward and Elyssa provided valuable information and answered questions regarding legal issues surrounding the many consumer debt cases that are filed each year.
Edward, a senior associate attorney in HLG's debt defense department and appears every week in Manatee and Sarasota County courts. He first spoke about debt consolidation and settlement companies as well as the pitfalls many consumers encounter as they try to use those services to settle their accounts. He then spoke about the different kinds of debt, from credit card accounts to automobile deficiencies and medical debts – each with their own defenses and issues.
Elyssa, a senior associate attorney in HLG's bankruptcy department, who is authorized to practice in Florida's Northern, Middle, and Southern district Federal courts, discussed how bankruptcy can assist someone struggling with debt. She discussed the different kinds of bankruptcy, what those bankruptcies can do for different debtors, bankruptcy asset exemptions, timing of filing, and other bankruptcy nuances. She also suggested questions for mediators to ask regarding bankruptcy when conducting a civil dispute mediation.
The Citizen Dispute Settlement Program (CDSP) provides free mediation and referral services for the citizens of Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties across a wide variety of disputes. CDSP uses Florida Supreme Court certified mediators who volunteer their time and are specially selected for the program, and the program can be utilized by parties prior to filing a case with the court.
If you are interested in our attorneys providing a similar seminar for your classroom or department for your community, please reach out to our office.
09/15/2022: As featured in SRQ Magazine, in September 2022, Laurie Blanton, managing bankruptcy attorney was awarded the 2022 Elite Top Attorneys award. Laurie has managed Holland Law Group's Bankruptcy Department since November 2019. Laurie is a seasoned bankruptcy attorney, practicing in the Bankruptcy Federal Court since 2009. If you are considering bankruptcy, contact us today for a free consultation.