Our Staff

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our-staffFirm Administrator

Karen Tavernier
Originally from Rhode Island, Karen moved to Florida in 1976. She received her education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and achieved her Paralegal Certification in 1983. Her first Law Office Administrator position was with the firm of Siegel & Siegel in the Ft. Lauderdale area. She subsequently went to work for Ellis Rubin, a nationally known, high profile attorney in Miami, where she stayed until relocating to Sarasota and her present Administrator position with Lancaster & Eure, P. A. in 1984. Karen has been a member of both the Local and the National Associations of Legal Administrators since 1999 and has been assisting injured workers for over 25 years. Her hobbies include boating, fishing in the Everglades, reading anything and everything, and renovating/restoring historic homes.

Legal Assistants

Deborah R. Higel
Deborah is a certified legal assistant/paralegal and has lived in the Venice, Florida, area since 1975. She graduated from Manatee Junior College in December 1990, with an Associate of Science degree in Legal Assisting. Deborah joined Lancaster & Eure in May 1991. In December 1991, she successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant’s examination through the National Association of Legal Assistants. In addition, she regularly attends legal seminars and seminars specializing in workers’ compensation to maintain her CLA status.

Felicia Johnson
Felicia, originally from New York, moved to Florida in 1992. Prior to joining the firm, Felicia had been a workers ‘ compensation claims adjuster since 1995. During that time, she worked for insurance companies from Sarasota to Tampa, handled litigated files, and worked closely with attorneys. After joining Lancaster & Eure, Felicia uses her experience and knowledge of the internal workings of the insurance companies to help injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. Felicia is also the proud mother of a daughter who attends Stetson University.

Dina M. De Lorenzo
Dina comes to the office of Lancaster & Eure from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has ten years’ experience with Ohio workers’ compensation. She attended the University of Cincinnati and is currently a resident of Manatee County. Dina has been working for Lancaster & Eure since September of 2006. During her free time, she enjoys spending ti me with her family, reading and traveling. Dina has been an active member of Women of the Moose since 2007.

Lori Caruso
In 1986 Lori received her Paralegal Certificate from Omega Institute in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. She has worked in both large and small firms in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Florida. She has worked in a number of legal fields, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security, oil, gas and mineral law, as well as criminal defense. Altogether, Lori has approximately 17 years of legal experience. In March of 2011, she joined the firm of Lancaster & Eure. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and stepdaughter.

Denisse Florian-Gutierrez
Denisse was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2000. She graduated from State College of Florida in May 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology and Sign Language. Denisse is continuing her education at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Lancaster & Eure, Denisse worked as a Vocational Evaluator for three years. She assisted clients with mental and/or physical problems at the Department of Rehabilitation of Florida and helped them obtain vocational training or employment, taking into consideration their restrictions based on their disabilities. Denisse brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to the firm’s Social Security Disability practice. Her hobbies include: playing volleyball at the beach, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Spanish Translator

Diana Rico
Diana Rico is a claims assistant/translator at Lancaster & Eure and serves as a liaison between the attorneys and paralegals and the Spanish speaking clients. Prior to joining Lancaster & Eure, Diana worked 8 years for Goldman Sachs on Wall Street in client services. In 1991, Diana relocated to Sarasota with her husband to raise her daughters and focus on her family. Diana works closely with the Spanish speaking injured workers and assists in all aspects of their workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.

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