Meet Our

Professional Staff

Chelli C. McCurdy, CTFA

Chelli C. McCurdy, CTFA

314.721.7778 direct
314.721.6846 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
314.721.6846 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.

Lauren Kaplan

Lauren Kaplan

314.450.5438 direct
314.721.6846 fax
lek@mgdlawfirm.com

Receptionist / Legal Assistant

Lauren joined MGD in 2018. Prior to that she worked as an office manager at a local large law firm and as a paralegal at a law firm in Arizona. Before transitioning to a career in the legal field, Lauren spent 15 years working at a chef and restaurant manager in Arizona and California. As the Receptionist for the MGD Law firm, Lauren is the friendly face that greets our clients. She handles many of the administrative tasks such as mail intake, answering phones, scheduling meetings, assisting with document signings, and the client intake process. In addition to her front desk responsibilities, she is the legal assistant to MGD Member, Adrienne J. Davis.

Miles Monson

Miles Monson

314.696.1357 direct
314.721.6846 fax
msm@mgdlawfirm.com

Law Clerk

Miles assists clients in Estate and Wealth Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, Post Death Administration and probate matters, under attorney supervision. He performs legal research, drafts wills, trusts and other legal documents, and assists with case management.

Miles earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and currently attends Saint Louis University School of Law where he is in the top 10% of his class. Prior to working at MGD Law, Miles gained legal experience during his time at a large healthcare system and a small law firm in the Saint Louis area.

Lois Newcomb

Lois Newcomb

314.450.5434 direct
314.721.6846 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.

Elizabeth Ray

Elizabeth Ray

314.696.1359 direct
314.721.6846 fax
elr@mgdlawfirm.com

Legal Assistant

Elizabeth Ray (“Lizzie”) joined MGD with Managing Member Beverly Greenley’s team in 2018. Lizzie worked at McCarter & Greenley, LLC for 15 years in various capacities including receptionist, assignments coordinator and administrative assistant. In her role as legal assistant at MGD Law, LLC, Lizzie is responsible for supporting our attorneys and paralegals with a variety of both administrative and legal matters.

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 x1363 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

314.696.1353 direct
314.721.6846 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 x5447 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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