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 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 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 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 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 (“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 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.
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 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 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.