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Meet Our Team

One of the benefits of hiring a lawyer is that you will have an expert on your side who knows how to navigate legal proceedings. We are committed to providing our clients exceptional customer service and ensuring they understand their options, so we can help them make informed decisions about what’s best for them during difficult times.

Stephen M. Bernhardt | Managing Partner

Stephen M. Bernhardt
Managing Partner

Athena Pearl Riley | Managing Partner

Athena Pearl Riley
Managing Partner

Erin Campbell | Civil Division Attorney

Erin Campbell
Civil Division Attorney

Anton O. Serikov | Civil Division Attorney

Anton Serikov
Civil Division Attorney

Sabrina Persaud | Attorney

Sabrina Persaud
Attorney

Mola Bosland | Attorney

Mola Bosland
Attorney

David Bradley
Attorney

Meet Our Staff

Our expert legal staff has decades worth of experience helping our community thrive with a mix of personal care and professional skill!

Jessica Bernhardt | Office Manager

Jessica Bernhardt

Office Manager
 
Jessica has been working with the firm since its initial formation and manages the business administration needs of the law office as our Office Manager. She handles our business with skill and efficiency without sacrificing personability and kindness. Jessica treats each client as family and strives diligently to work with each and every client in order to find a representation arrangement that works for them and their specific individual circumstances.
Rebecca Bonnet | Certified Paralegal

Rebecca Bonnet

Certified Paralegal

Rebecca has been a Paralegal for Bernhardt Riley since 2022. Rebecca has more than 12 years’ experience in various areas of law, with a primary focus on civil litigation. Rebecca’s knowledge and experience has been beneficial in assisting the attorneys with case management and trial preparation. Rebecca provides support to the attorneys in the civil litigation matters in all aspects of scheduling and filing, the discovery process, including preparation for witness and expert depositions, document productions and e-discovery, and trial preparation.

Andrea Braun | Certified Paralegal

Andrea Braun

Certified Paralegal
 
Andrea Braun is a Civil Litigation Paralegal for Bernhardt Riley. She earned her degree in Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in 1997 in Kansas City, Missouri where she worked in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Creditor Remedies and Bankruptcy. Andrea relocated to the Tampa Bay Area in 2011 to be closer to her family where she worked in HOA/Condo and Personal Injury Law before joining Bernhardt Riley in 2023. Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and playing with her two dogs.
Courtney Reynolds | Legal Assistant

Courtney Reynolds

Legal Assistant
 
Courtney Reynolds grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to live in North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Hawaii before moving to Florida. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Justice Administration and a focus on Criminal Law. She and her family now live in the Tampa Bay area and enjoy the many outdoor activities available in central Florida. Courtney has many years of client relations experience and always strives to make clients happy.
Jill Mello | Legal Assistant

Jill Mello

Legal Assistant
 
Jill Mello has been a Legal Assistant for Bernhardt Riley since early 2021. Jill brings her experience as an administrative assistant at a prestigious professional office suit in Pinellas County. Jill’s thoughtful and kind demeanor is a joy for our clients as she is often one of the first points of contacts. Jill continues to expand her legal education as she is in the process of earning a registered paralegal certificate.
Thiago Lanes | Debt Defense Coordinator

Thiago Lanes

Debt Defense Coordinator
 
Thiago Lanes has been the Debt Defense Coordinator for Bernhardt Riley since 2020. Thiago was born in Brazil and lived there until 2000 when he moved to Connecticut. Thiago attended Western Connecticut State University where he was a two-way starter for the University’s Football program and graduated with a degree in Justice and Law Administration, with a focus on Legal. Thiago’s hard work and professionalism help him effectively handle a large caseload in a manner that is appreciated by clients and respected throughout the industry.
Rori Merlin | Legal Intake Specialist

Rori Merlin

Legal Intake Specialist
 
Rori was born and raised in clearwater and joined our firm in 2023 as a legal receptionist. She graduated in 2022 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Rori has spent the last year preparing for and applying to law school, which she plans to begin in the fall of 2024. Rori is kind, personable, and strives to provide efficient and effective service to our clients.