Our Staff

The Incredible Team Backing Up Our North & South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor would not be the firm that it is without the support of our staff. The hard work performed by these individuals allows our North and South Carolina personal injury lawyers to provide clients with high-quality legal representation.

Eileen DeSimone

Firm Manager

I have been assisting clients, new and recurring, for many years. I take pride in that I can give them the help and support they need to work through a bad situation. I have compassion for each individual and their problems are mine until we can bring their case to closure.

In my spare time, I enjoy a good novel or film, cooking, gardening and motorcycle riding. With the majority of my family residing in Pennsylvania, my co-workers have become my second family. I enjoy using my vacation time to go spend quality time and vacation with my family.

Christine O'Brien

Senior Case Manager

Gathering necessary information to prove damages is such a crucial component in getting the best possible outcome for our clients, which is why I feel a great deal of accomplishment in doing so.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and testing new recipes, traveling, sports, swimming, and spending time with my family.

Caleena Tomioka

Case Manager / Paralegal

I am originally from Michigan but migrated to the great city of Charlotte. Not only do I have a passion for helping people I also have a passion for bodybuilding, the gym is my second home. In my spare time, I also love to cook, travel, and I am a foodie at heart. I am very blessed to be able to work with such a great group of people, who are dedicated and hard-working.


Jesse Hamilton


I thrive on the connections I can build with people, knowing that I was able to assist clients during their legal process. Each case I treat with diligence, compassion, and perseverance.

Outside of the office, I enjoy pushing myself in endurance obstacle races which include Spartan, Savage, and 5K races. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially watching my daughter grow.

I enjoy spending time at our family cabin in Asheville, NC in the winter months. In the summer months, I enjoy visiting Southport, NC, at the beach. In all aspects of my life and career, I try to motivate and push myself, knowing I gave my all every day.

Dr. Stephanie McKay, PhD

Litigation Paralegal/Case Manager
Stephanie McKay

I have over 20 years of litigation experience in various areas of law both, state and federal.  I have worked with several law enforcement agencies and experts over my career. My passion and purpose in life is to help others. This need enabled me to pursue and obtain my doctorate in forensic psychology.  Understanding others and providing that trust to clients is the most rewarding aspect of my job. My dissertation has recently been published in the hopes of educating others about the effects of social media and criminal activity.  

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, exercise, binge-watching Criminal Minds, and spending time with my family, friends, and four-legged baby, Moe.  I am a firm believer in treating others the way you wish to be treated.  A wise person once told me to pick and choose my battles and always live life to the fullest. I carry these words of wisdom in all aspects of my life.  

McKenzie J. Beam

Legal Assistant

My favorite part of my job is being part of a team that helps people when they need it the most.

I look forward to coming to work every day knowing that the work I do is making a difference in people’s lives. In my free time, I love hanging out with my husband and family, trying new places to eat and shop, and traveling to new places. I also enjoy volunteering for my favorite charity, Camp LUCK.

Katie Pendergast

Legal Assistant

I love being able to help the team around me, I really feel I have a purpose when I go to work every day.

In my leisure time, I like to shop, hang out with friends, and play sports such as volleyball and basketball.

Maria Silva

Legal Assistant
Maria Silva

I enjoy working here at LOJET and getting to assist the attorneys and clients here. I learn so much from everyone here, and love being a part of this great team. I graduated from college with a degree in Paralegal Studies with a certification in Family Law, as well as a certification in Wills and Estate in 2020.

When I’m not working or at school, I love to visit Disney World,  doing makeup, shopping, and spending time with my family and pug.

Tim Randall


I am a people person. After 26 years with the NY State Police, it is great to continue with a great team of good people and professionals. My background is in Criminal investigations, so my training provides me with the curiosity and ability needed to help people who are looking for guidance. Helping people is a big part of who I am.

I enjoy meeting and talking to new people. I find a lot of satisfaction in being able to be there for people who are reaching out in their time of need. Moving to NC and not dealing with an endless winter is my bonus!

Angie Richmond

Case Manager
Angie Richmond

I love having a role where I‘m able to help others, our team works hard every day to make sure our clients and their needs are taking care of! Being able to release some of the stress and make sure our clients are getting better is one of the best parts of the job. I’m glad I pursued a career in the legal field, and thankful I get to do my best here with the LOJET family.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, coaching soccer for the Parks & Recreation of Lincoln County, traveling, shopping, and if any time left, I definitely enjoy a relaxing day!

Kendra Huntsman

Director of Finance
Kendra Huntsman

My husband’s military career brought our family to North Carolina in the summer of 2019. It was then I joined The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, P.C. as Director of Finance bringing with me over 20 years of experience, in both public and private accounting. I enjoy spending time exploring our new surroundings with my husband and two children.

Sylvia Chester

Litigation Paralegal

I recently moved from Hampton, Virginia to Charlotte to be closer to my sister. I have over 20 years of experience as a Paralegal, and I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do!

In my spare time, I love to travel, make jewelry, and attend church services. My motto is to always thank people for their acts of kindness because they do not have to be nice to you.

Candi Hanner

Litigation Assistant
Candi Hanner

Born and raised in Florida, I am proud to now say, I call North Carolina home. One of my greatest feats is helping others. It’s literally like second nature. Being in a firm that’s dedicated to helping others in a not-so-happy time is amazing. It makes me feel like, in some shape, form, or fashion, that I’m helping someone. What a feeling!!!

To speak with our team and schedule a free consultation with a North or South Carolina personal injury attorney, call (800) 351-3008.  


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