The Experience You Need Helping to Preserve Your Assets, Your Dignity
and Your Children's Innocence.

Our Staff

Providing Skilled Assistance to Our Naples Divorce Lawyers

At Family First Legal Group, we believe that what sets our firm apart is the team that we have assembled. Everyone on our staff is skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate about providing each client with the thorough representation they deserve. Our commitment to a positive client experience during a challenging, often emotional legal matter is absolute. We have seen firsthand the impact that divorce and other family law matters can have on an individual, and have made it our mission to make their transition to the next chapter of their lives as simple as possible.

To learn more about how our divorce lawyers in Naples can help you address your legal matters, call Family First Legal Group at (239) 319-4441. Our team is proud to serve clients throughout Collier and Lee Counties.

Legal Support Staff:


Jenna Ritter

Jenna Ritter

Paralegal

Jenna is a rarity of South Florida…she’s a native! Originally from Homestead, she has lived in Cape Coral since 2001. She began her legal career in a Personal Injury law firm at only 16 years old and has worked solely in Family Law since 2006. Jenna has a passion for family law, having been through a paternity case herself, and continues her knowledge by being involved with the Association of Family Law Professionals.

Jenna is a proud Mother of three; her son, Aaron, and two stepchildren, Ashley and April. Prior to marrying her amazing husband, Kevin, in October 2013, Jenna was a single mother to her son. This experience helps her relate to clients and gives her a great desire to help others.

In her spare time, Jenna is a very dedicated "Baseball Mom.” When not at work, she is more than likely at a baseball field. She is also on the Board of Directors for Cape Coral National Little League.

Angela Velez

Angela Velez

Paralegal

New York native, Angela Velez moved to Florida as a high school freshman with her family in 1991. She developed a passion for law as a child and began working as a Family Law Paralegal in 2010. To further her legal knowledge, she obtained a B.S. in Legal Studies with Honors in 2012.

As a single mother, she understands the difficulty our clients face when filing for divorce because she has been there herself. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her twin sons when they're home from college, watching her daughter cheer for her high school, reading, and spending cuddle time with Rocky, her Chorkie (Chihuahua/Yorkie mix).

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Megan Sanford

Paralegal

Born in Burlington, VT, Megan has been a Florida resident since 1996. Law has always been her drive and passion since she was a young girl. Family law become her point of interest when her parents first brought it to light with their divorce. From a young age she knew she not only wanted to be in the legal field but to strive to be an Attorney. She finds purpose and fulfillment in helping others in any way she can to make a difference in their lives for the better. Megan currently is an Ave Maria School of Law Graduate with the goal of becoming an Attorney in the future. Family is of the upmost importance to her, and she finds spending time with those you love is most invaluable. Outside of the office, Megan is often enjoying time with her children and dogs. She is a sports mom, an avid baker and a chocolate and coffee lover. She enjoys watching her children play, read books, and catching up on the latest TV drama show.

Katie Lang

Katie Lang

Paralegal

Katie is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. She fell in love with Naples when vacationing in 2004 and moved here immediately.

Katie has worked with several attorneys in Naples and the surrounding counties over the last decade. She became more intrigued by law and made the decision to go to school to obtain her degree in Paralegal Studies. Katie recently obtained her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies (graduating Summa Cum Laude), became a Florida Registered Paralegal and Notary Public, and is now continuing her education to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies.

In Katie’s free time, she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her son, Gavin, her foster daughter, Pamela, and her Maltipoo, Gemma, and relaxing at home watching a good movie.

Amanda Spartz

Amanda Spartz

Discovery Director

Amanda is originally from Northern Illinois and relocated to Naples in the summer of 2007. She always had a passion for law and was amazed at the number of legal classes her high school offered. This helped her continue her journey into college where she majored in Pre-Law at Florida Southwestern State College. Amanda is now at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Legal Studies. Joining the Family First Legal Group team was her first step into her law career path and she could not be any happier working with such an amazing and caring staff.

When Amanda is not working or studying for classes, she spends her time at the dog beach or dog park with her Labrador retriever, Jake.

Professional Staff:


Gill "Jill" D'Achiardi

Anna Carpanzano

Intake and Administrative Assistant

Anna is originally from New Jersey, but grew up right here in SWFl, specifically in the heart of Bonita Springs. Anna has always enjoyed the legal field and is working on her goal to become an attorney. She enjoys communication and problem solving and cannot wait to research, fact find and argue the truth in court. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from FGCU and is currently a full-time student at Florida Southwestern State College where she is studying to be a Certified Paralegal. Upon graduation, Anna plans to attend Ave Maria School of Law. When Anna is not working or hitting the books, she is spending all her free time with her son, step-son, and their dad. They enjoy swimming at the pool, being foodies (whether it’s cooking or dining out), and, most of all, spending time with their extended family.

Gill "Jill" D'Achiardi

Gill "Jill" D'Achiardi

Director of Client Relations

Originally from the Chicago area, Gill relocated to Naples in 1997. She graduated from FGCU in 2010 with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Shortly after, Gill married her husband who was enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps. After being stationed in Jacksonville, NC and having their first child, they chose to make Naples their permanent place of residence. There is no better place they would prefer to raise their family and are grateful to be part of this wonderful community.

Gill is very family oriented. When not in the office, she spends any time she has planning barbecues, coordinating slumber parties for her nieces and nephews and organizing Family Park Party Sundays. Both she and her husband love camping and take every opportunity to 4-wheel and trail blaze throughout Southwest Florida.

Karen Shepherd

Karen Shepherd

Firm Administrator

Karen grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia for over 25 years before moving to Florida in 2017. She has been in the legal industry for over 25 years, working in various roles until focusing on administration. Karen obtained her BS Degree in Communications from the University of Toledo and MS Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development (MSHR) from Strayer University, where she was the proud recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award, 4.0. Karen is also an active member of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Certified Professional. Her favorite quote is,“Success is liking yourself, what you do, and how you do it.” —Maya Angelou

Personally, Karen is the Cleveland Browns #1 Fan, and on the weekends, when it is not football season, you may find her beach-combing or pirating in a parade with the Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita! (If you don’t know what this is, feel free to ask her!) Karen considers her daughter, Lauren, family, and tribe of friends her most cherished treasures.

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

Director of Marketing, Operations and Administration

Katie is a happy wife and mother of twins, who keep her rather busy. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and moved to Naples in 2010.

She spent over 15 years in the media industry, focusing on online and print advertising, sales, marketing and production including acting as the Director of Operations for a National magazine for well over a decade. With all of this knowledge, she started her own consulting business (Family First Consulting Group, LLC) with a focus on helping small businesses with their day-to-day operations, marketing initiatives, financials, staffing and more on an executive level. She works with Family First Legal Group on various projects and is constantly helping to create and update the Firm's policies and procedures to make our office as efficient as possible and to ensure that clients receive the best service possible from the staff.

Should you or someone you know have a business that could use Katie's expertise, feel free to reach out to her at katie@familyfirstconsultinggroup.com.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys being outdoors whether lounging or paddle boarding at the beach, swimming at her pool or basking in the glorious sun Naples has to offer. She always wanted to be a chef, and loves cooking, watching cooking shows/competitions and finding new restaurants to dine at around town.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “Alex and his team were amazing!”

    Andrew

  • “My experience with Alex Peterson and the entire staff at Peterson Family Law exceeded all expectations!”

    Melissa

  • “Simply the best!”

    Pamela Shook

  • “They went above and beyond the call of duty. I can highly recommend this Firm.”

    Jim B.

  • “He will always be there for you and will never fail you or let you down.”

    Mary

  • “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

  • “It was a difficult case and it was brilliantly dissected and interpreted simply and professionally by Alex.”

    Gina

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

    Scott

  • “Sara possesses numerous strong qualities that combined, make her exceptional”

    Janet

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

    Cheryl

  • “During the difficult task of divorce, the Family First Legal Group helped my family and I with everything and anything I needed.”

    Ruben

  • “I was educated, encouraged, and prepared every step of the way”

    Austin

  • “Alex was great about relaying new information that he would receive in a timely manner.”

    Former Client

  • “They are honest, professional and empathetic”

    Karin

  • “Hands down the very best!”

    Tammy

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