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Meet Our Attorneys

Proudly Serving Clients throughout Collier & Lee Counties

At Family First Legal Group, we know that nothing is more important than family. We have dedicated our lives and careers to helping safeguard the best interests of families throughout our community. Our firm has seen firsthand the impact that divorce and other family law matters can have on everyone involved, and we have made it our mission to be a trusted guide for the smoothest possible transition. The element that sets our firm apart is truly our people. We are proud to offer our clients a team of experienced, committed, and compassionate lawyers, paralegals, and office staff who understand what you are going through and are prepared to do everything possible to help.

To learn more about how our team can help you, simply call us today at (239) 319-4441 and schedule your initial consultation.

Terry DeSalvo, Jr.

Terry DeSalvo, Jr.

Junior Partner

Attorney Terry DeSalvo is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and moved to Southwest Florida in 2003.

In 2007 Terry graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and quickly began preparing to enter law school. After FGCU, Terry attended Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL), in Jacksonville, where he graduated Cum Laude and in the Top 14% of his law class. During law school, Terry gained experience as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable James R. Adams in Lee County. He also tried and won his first case, while in his 3L year of law school, as a Certified Legal Intern with the State Attorney’s Office of the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Before joining Family First Legal Group as Junior Partner, Terry had practiced as an Associate Attorney exclusively in the area of Family Law in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties. Terry believes in being patient and understanding, but not backing down from a fight when needed. Overall, his continued mission is to be a great advocate for his clients at Family First Legal Group, a respectful colleague, and an upstanding member of the Southwest Florida community.

When Terry is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and following his beloved Cleveland Browns.

Terry is admitted to practice law in Florida and Montana.

Toni Boettcher

Toni Boettcher

Senior Associate

Toni was born and raised in Maryland, where she resided until relocating to SW Florida in 2018. In 2000, Toni graduated from the University of Baltimore with a 4.0 grade point average. During her tenure, she was a Wilson Scholar recipient, named to the National Dean’s List and awarded the Jurisprudence Merit Award. She received her Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was awarded the Family Law Clinical Excellence Award.

Toni has exclusively practiced Family law since 2003. Before joining Family First Legal Group, Toni practiced Family Law for 15 years at Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A., in Maryland, representing clients in all aspects of divorce, including custody, child support, alimony and complex financial issues. In addition, Toni has lectured for the National Business Institute and the Maryland State Bar Association on various family law issues, including drafting marital settlement agreements and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. She was also an Official Reporter for Maryland for the American Bar Association, ABA Law in the Fifty States, from 2009 to 2016.


Outside the office, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband, rescue puppy Tucker, and friends. She loves the beach, outdoor festivals and the beautiful southwest Florida weather. During football season Toni can be found passionately rooting for the Baltimore Ravens.

Toni is licensed to practice law in Maryland since 2003 and in Florida since 2018. She is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell; named to The Best Lawyers in America®, “Family Law” 2018 and 2019, Maryland Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, 2012 and Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010, 2011.

John Gilhart II

John Gilhart II

Associate Attorney

John is a native of Florida, growing up in Naples. He attended Stetson University, earning his Juris Doctorate from its College of Law and his MBA from its School of Business Administration. After graduating he moved back to Naples to remain close to his family.

John began his practice in civil litigation where he was exposed to a wide variety of cases in matters of probate, domestic violation, construction defect, insurance, collection, employment, and landlord tenant. While he enjoyed civil litigation John desired to narrow his focus to that which he finds most important, family. Thus, he joined the team of Family First Legal Group and has devoted his career to helping the families of his hometown.

Outside the office John is a private pilot and a member of the Naples Pilot Association. He enjoys fishing, SCUBA diving, archery, and playing the piano and guitar.

John is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida.

J. Presley Davis

J. Presley Davis

Associate Attorney

Presley is native of Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and is an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan. Presley moved to Naples, Florida, to earn her Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law. While in law school, Presley served as the President of the Women’s Law Association and as a Senior Editor for the Ave Maria Law Review.

Presley began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit. During her time as a Prosecutor, Presley handled hundreds of cases and gained valuable courtroom and trial experience.

Outside of the office, Presley enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their rescue dog, Izzy. Presley is thrill seeker and loves new experiences. She has been shark diving, hang gliding, and enjoys all outdoor water sports.

Presley is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida.

Jason Fraser

Jason Fraser

Associate Attorney

While originally from Atlanta, GA, Jason considers himself a South Florida native. After graduating from the University of Miami, he traveled to Gulfport to earn his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University’s College of Law and moved to Collier County after accepting a position with the Public Defender’s office.

Jason is no stranger to the courtroom. In his five years as an Assistant Public Defender, he’s handled thousands of cases in multiple counties across Florida, gaining extensive courtroom and trial experience.

In his free time, Jason can usually be found exploring the outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

Jason is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida.

Alex Peterson

Alex Peterson

Owner, Principal Attorney & Speaker

Alex is a proud father (of twins) and husband, a Baltimore, Maryland transplant, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a graduate of Ave Maria School of Law.

He practices exclusively matrimonial and family law and has helped many families find stability in the midst of divorce or custody disputes. To further his knowledge, Alex has studied at Parent Coaching International as well as the Proctor Gallagher Institute.

Alex enjoys volunteering at the Collier County Teen Court program. He's very passionate about music and has played drums in a band as well as at masses at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, video games, paddle boarding and virtually any outdoor activity.

Alex is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I was very pleased on how we collaborated together and he engaged the courts and opposing counsel to finalize things.”

    Thomas P.

  • “Friendly, cost conscious, responsive, and respectful. They know the law and are always prepared.”

    Naples S.

  • “Alex and his team were amazing!”

    Andrew

  • “Excellent Team”

    Jennifer

  • “I highly recommend their practice to anyone considering divorce with dignity.”

    Carla

  • “I would recommend this firm to anyone going through this rotten circumstance”

    Cheryl

  • “I am a lawyer and I never realized what a daunting task it is to find the right lawyer for my divorce.”

    Scott

  • “Everyone there helped me out so much and if I had any issues or questions they were on top of it.”

    Julie K.

  • “I felt at ease having him at my side during the whole process and grateful for his patience for the times I misunderstood certain details of my case and needed him to clarify them for me.”

    Cynthia

  • “Working with Alex is always a pleasure and he is always my 1st choice when referring anyone for family law.”

    JoAnn

  • “Sara Glover was assigned to this case and I cannot say enough good about her”

    Derick

  • “Alex Peterson and his team bring family law to a new level.”

    Former Client

  • “Compassionate and Knowledgeable Staff”

    Kenny Plummer

  • “I honestly recommend Family First to anyone that has to go though these tough legal family matters.”

    Dianet D.

  • “My gratitude is overflowing. To you both and your entire staff, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. You are ROCKSTARS.”

    Christina S.

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