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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.

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Eileen DeSimone

Firm Manager
Eileen DeSimone

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.

Jesse Hamilton

Investigator
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.

Tim Randall

Investigator
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!

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

Case Manager
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!!!

Maria Rivera

Intake Specialist

I am grateful to be a part of the LOJET team, and get to meet the committed, dedicated, and successful staff, as well as the welcoming and supportive co-workers. This job is rewarding as I get to do what I enjoy, and that is helping others. I know people may have a rough day and need someone who listens and cares about their situation.  That is what the LOJET team is about, “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”  

Outside of the office, I enjoy quality time with my family and friends. I enjoy painting, shopping, and being away at the sunny beach with my daughter. My daughter is my motivation in life, and my whole world!

Chris Stafford

Firm Accountant
Chris Stafford

I recently moved to the Charlotte area in 2019 from Florida.  I am an accounting management professional with over 15 years’ experience in managing complex legal business accounts.  While living in Florida, I attended Eckerd College in St Petersburg and obtained a degree in Management. I then went further by attending the University of South Florida to obtain a M.S. degree in Management.   I enjoy working for a firm that cares about helping their clients. 

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, sightseeing, and spending time traveling the world with my husband.  Though my son and daughter are grown, we still enjoy family get-togethers celebrating milestones and traditions. Outside of family, my friends mean the world to me.  Besides my American friends, I have friends all over the world from Belize to Albania, and from Europe to Asia.  Most of us met in college and we all continue to stay in touch!

Alicia Hernandez

Legal Assistant

Born and raised in Mexico and coming to the U.S. made me realize communication is key.   Especially being raised in a bilingual household motivated me to help those in need to express themselves during the process of experiencing any type of language barrier. 

My organizational skills, bilingualism and aptitude for collaborative work allow me to meaningfully contribute to The Litigators reputation for providing our clients with positive experiences and outcomes. 

As part of a great team, we thrive to make our clients’ needs our top priority.  I perform and live by one of my favorite quotes, “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life”. 

I am a loving mother of three, dog mother of two, adapting to and living the all-American dream.  In my free time, I love spending time with family, exploring nature, dancing, and traveling and going on adventures. Experiencing new places and food with the people I love; my family and faith are my greatest blessings. 

Martina Gutierrez

Legal Assistant

Because of my humble upbringing, and many struggles I experienced in my childhood as migrant workers in California, I am empathetic towards each client and case.  This is also why I joined LOJET.  I like helping people who need the help.   It brings me a strong sense of responsibility and pride to be able to be the comfort during their difficult and trying time. 

Jeannie Padilla

Case Manager

I am a devoted mother of three, embodying a passionate and nurturing spirit that extends beyond my family into all aspects of my life.  As a loving and caring individual, I approach every endeavor with warmth and empathy.  Beyond my role as a mother, my professional journey has led me to excel as a case manager, where my dedication and meticulous attention to detail shine through.  My ability to balance the demands of parenthood and a successful career reflects my remarkable resilience and unwavering commitment to both my family and my professional pursuits.

May Lo

Administrative Assistant
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I joined LOJET’s Hickory office in September 2023.  I have worked at many places and this team truly exuberates team work and team effort!  With a healthy office atmosphere, it flows to our client relationship.  It is a place I am proud to work at and proud to work with people who give their all into the care of each client that entrusts us with their case.

Outside of LOJET, I appreciate every minute spent with my family and friends.  As a mother of eight and a wife of three decades, my mind never rests, but I do enjoy traveling to the beach to watch the sunrise and sunset to be reminded of God’s grace.  I also love learning about history and culture.  I am of Hmong ethnicity and grew up in a bi-lingual household.  Culture has always intrigued me! Coming to America as a child, I only knew of America as my country.  But, growing up, I saw the struggles of my parents’ generation trying to fit in, so being empathetic to all our clients comes naturally.  LOJET is where I feel our staff truly understands that each call, each person, each case is unique and different, but still receives the same kind of attention and care.

Cierra Cross

Legal Assistant

As a North Carolina native and HBCU graduate, I enjoy helping others. I get satisfaction from knowing the hard work I put in helped someone else in need. The best way I know to do that with my skill set is in the legal arena. I enjoy what I do and helping people in my community. I look forward to building on my experience in law.  

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love trying out new restaurants in the city and exploring all that it has to offer; from food truck festivals to visiting different museums, parks, and events. I also enjoy reading a good book.

Kimmeka Lawrence

Intake Specialist

I have had a rewarding career in being of service to others. I love meeting new people and putting smiles on their faces. You never know what a person is going through when you meet them. It brings me joy to know I have made a positive difference in their day. I recently graduated with my master’s degree in business administration. It is a pleasure to be a part of the LOJET team where I can continue my love of learning while delivering exceptional experiences to clients.

I am a proud military wife (Go, Navy!) and mom of 3. My family is my greatest treasure; any time spent making memories with them is most appreciated. I also enjoy getting lost in a great book or watching true crime stories. The beach is my favorite place to be, Virginia Beach to be specific. There is something about the tranquility the ocean brings that makes me feel the most at peace.

Christopher Stewart

Paralegal

I am a workers’ compensation Paralegal for the Firm.  I have over 20 years of experience with workers’ compensation claims and personal injury claims and litigation.  I am honored to be recognized as a North Carolina Certified Paralegal with the NC State Bar since 2006.  This certification enhances the quality of legal services provided to attorneys.  My passion and purpose are to assist injured workers with navigating the system and protecting their rights. I have assisted attorneys with hearings before the NC Industrial Commission, the Full Commission, the NC Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

Favorite Quote:  Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.  –Potter Stewart (no relation)

Charla Bennett

Case Manager

Throughout my life, I have been focused on providing trustworthy and relationship centered services to an array of clientele.  I am simply devoted to others.  Each individual for every case is treated with respect and kindness as I seek to bring resolution to tough and trying circumstances.

Outside of work, I enjoy long walks and kayaking with my family.  I also love gardening, drawing, painting, and dabbling in any form of visual art.  Before moving to this area, I sang in a choir at my church and thrived by being an active greeter for the church members. 

Shaeita Smith

Case Manager

I have been in Personal Injury Law for about 5 years and everyday I learn something new. Helping people on this journey has been such a fulfilling experience. Seeing a need for others and having the power to do something to help is what I thrive on. “Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can”- Princess Diana  

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family.  There is never a dull moment! I was born and raised in New York, so I enjoy travelling back home to visit family. I currently reside in Charlotte, NC which has been great thus far! I love rainy days, enjoy watching movies, and shopping. I believe that you should live every day like it is your last because you never know what your tomorrow holds.

Yohena Trejo

Receptionist

My workplace motivation begins with a positive mindset and the desire to help others. I am blessed and grateful to be a part of the LOJET team that at the end of the day, fills me with joy and satisfaction to know that we are doing something rewarding by helping our clients in whatever their situation is. 

I enjoy quality family time and creating memories with my husband and my two daughters. We love going to church and spiritual retreats. We also love to admire the sunrise and sunset at the beach or mountains. On my free time I enjoy crocheting and creating DIY projects.  

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

120 3rd St NE
Hickory, NC 28601

Phone: (828) 327-9004
Toll Free: (800) 351-3008

130 Church St NE
Concord, NC 28025

Phone: (704) 787-9419
Toll Free: (800) 351-3008

301 S McDowell St #1016
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: (704) 676-1093
Toll Free: (800) 351-3008

1348 Ebenezer Rd #103
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Phone: (803) 328-0898
Toll Free: (800) 351-3008

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