Jesha Dill is a third generation Floridian. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School's International Baccalaureate program before attending the University of Florida to study English with a minor in photography. Jesha loves living in Tampa, and feels a strong connection to its history. After immigrating from Cuba, her great-grandmother worked at one of Ybor city's famous cigar factories, while her great-grandfather owned Velarde & Son grocery store near Cuscaden Park.
Jesha grew up with her maternal grandparents and has fond memories of her grandmother knowing all the other interconnected Ybor city immigrant families anytime she went to the grocery store. That sense of community has fueled Jesha's passion to serve the Tampa area. Jesha has worked as a paralegal for over 10 years in various areas of law including personal injury, real estate foreclosures, disability, white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation before joining Prescott Legal as paralegal to founding partner, Teresa Prescott.
Jesha has been recognized by the Business Observer as one of their Top 10 Paralegals for 2014 and 2015. She is also a member of NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Jesha's role within the firm is that of a Renaissance woman. Jesha prepares pleadings, performs legal research, drafts letters, communicates with the courts and our clients, but is also responsible for all of the unexpected tasks and emergency matters that arise in a complex area such as family law. While family law is extremely challenging, as there is an added emotionality behind its proceedings, Jesha appreciates rising to the occasion and learning something new every day while finding solutions to the unique situations that arise. Had she not pursued a career as a paralegal, Jesha would have pursued a role in the mental health field, as she feels strongly about supporting and understanding not only what our clients legal needs are, but how to help them navigate the process by listening and providing comfort and support. Jesha is a passionate advocate who seeks to provide support through her work as well as through compassion for the psychological struggles of litigation within families.
Hannah Schwartz is a Legal Assistant with Prescott Legal. She helps with client intake, discovery review, drafting and reviewing pleadings, and client communications.
Hannah understands the importance of compassionate and effective support during one of the most difficult times of our client’s life, she has a passion for assisting in the zealous advocacy of our clients and their families in their time of need.
Hannah has worked in various legal environments involving worker’s compensation, labor and employment law, civil litigation, and state and federal criminal law. Hannah has worn many hats in the legal support field including marketing and writing a number of articles about current employment rights issues. Hannah’s favorite aspect of working in the legal field is reviewing discovery and investigating unique solutions for clients.
Before working in law Hannah spent a considerable amount of her time working with faith based and charitable organizations caring for children, raising funds for autism awareness, and volunteering with after school mentorship programs for 8 to 12-year-old girls. Hannah spent her teen years providing educational presentations to elementary and middle school age children for her hometown’s local historical society and was a senior mentor of her high school’s peer mentorship program.
Hannah attended Florida Institute of Technology majoring in Pre-Law studies. During her time in college, Hannah took special education elective courses and held positions encouraging scholarship and philanthropy within her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. Hannah continues to take professional development courses in various areas of law, philosophy, mental health, and forensic science.
Outside of work, Hannah lends her resources to community activism and mental health charities.
Ms. Fuentes received her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and also holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Being a first generation American, and fluent in Spanish, Fuentes strives to maintain her cultural connectivity, and as subsequent, pursued a Certificate in Immigration Law from the University of Georgia.
Since graduating, Catherine has worked as a legal assistant in criminal, bankruptcy, insurance defense, landlord/tenant and civil litigation. She believes in client-centered practices, and in 2014, after working in less synergistic branches, she found her place in family law.
Amongst other tasks, Catherine is responsible for drafting pleadings, summonses and subpoenas, as well as the preparation and filing of discovery requests. She communicates directly with the judicial assistants to schedule hearings and depositions, and works alongside Ms. Prescott, generating case status reports, mediation outlines, and trial binders. Catherine also maintains a close relationship with our clients, and ensures that they remain informed, confident and comfortable.
With so many family law cases, it can be easy to forget the emotional tragedy going on behind the scenes, but Catherine prides herself on making a positive impact in the lives of our clients. She is uniquely able to maintain an emotional keel and works hard to serve our clients as a trusted medium.
Outside of work, Catherine leads an active lifestyle, and enjoys running, reading and cooking. Catherine is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate and is a third year law student
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