Meet Our

Professional Staff

Chelli C. McCurdy, CTFA

Chelli C. McCurdy, CTFA

314.721.7778 direct
314.863.5525 fax
ccm@mgdlawfirm.com

Business Manager / Paralegal

Chelli (pronounced “Kelli”) McCurdy, CTFA, has over 25 years of experience as a paralegal, nine years of experience as a trust officer and nine years of experience as a business manager and firm administrator. Chelli keeps the MGD Law office running smoothly while assisting clients as a paralegal in post-death administration matters. See Chelli’s biography here.

Cara J. Akridge

Cara J. Akridge

314.721.7778 direct
314.863.5525 fax
cja@mgdlawfirm.com

Special Projects Manager

Cara Akridge has worked in the estate planning field for over 15 years at both large and small law firms, including Bryan Cave, LLP.  Prior to joining MGD, she was a Business Analyst with Anheuser-Busch, InBev for 19 years.  Cara works closely with Chelli McCurdy and assists with client projects and document drafting.

Cara is an active member of many lineage and genealogical societies, serving as a state or chapter officer, including chairperson, both presently and in the past.

Lois Newcomb

Lois Newcomb

314.450.5434 direct
314.863.5525 fax
lan@mgdlawfirm.com

Senior Legal Assistant

Lois has more than 35 years of experience as a legal assistant in estate planning practices at both large and small firms and has worked with MGD Managing Member Lisa McLaughlin since 2007.  Lois has extensive experience in drafting complex estate planning documents for attorney review.  She has daily contact with clients, schedules and coordinates appointments, assists in document signings and handles the majority of the real estate related tasks for several of the firm’s attorneys including deed preparation, affidavits and recording.

Janice Tiemann

Janice Tiemann

314.696.1361 direct
314.863.5525 fax
jst@mgdlawfirm.com

Senior Paralegal

Janice Tiemann joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly Greenley’s team in 2018, after being a part of McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 14 years.  Prior to that she worked at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C.  Janice has extensive experience in probate and trust administration, as well as creating drafts of legal documents and drafting estate, gift and fiduciary income tax returns.

Tamara Tobin

Tamara Tobin

314.436.2100 direct
314.863.5525 fax
tst@mgdlawfirm.com

Executive Coordinator for Ms. Greenley

Tammy Tobin joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly J. Greenley’s team in 2018 after being a part of McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 21 years. She continues to assist Beverly, as well as handling other administrative tasks, including daily contact with clients, scheduling and coordinating appointments, and assisting in document signings.

Georgette Vallely

Georgette Vallely

314.957.5146 direct
314.863.5525 fax
ggv@mgdlawfirm.com

Senior Paralegal

Georgette Vallely has worked in the legal field for over 17 years. Prior to joining MGD, she gained experience handling estate and trust administration matters at a large firm in the St. Louis area. Most recently, she worked at a local trust company dealing with tax and asset management issues for high-net worth clients.  As a paralegal at MGD, Georgette assists with post-death administration and probate matters.

Deidra Woods

Deidra Woods

314.436.7733 direct
314.863.5525 fax
dkw@mgdlawfirm.com

Senior Paralegal

Deidra Woods joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly J. Greenley’s team in 2018, after being a part of McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 22 years. Prior to that, she worked at Bryan Cave, LLP and Thompson & Mitchell (now Thompson Coburn).  Deidra has extensive experience in estate, gift and fiduciary tax matters, as well as real estate transactions, trust administration and creating drafts of legal documents.

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