Atlanta Law Firm - personal injury law

Melodi Adegbite

Senior Paralegal

Melodi Adegbite has been with Hasner Law since 2012. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2006 from Florida A&M University. Melodi also received a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Clayton State University in 2010.

Melodi is a very responsible and caring paralegal. She will go the extra mile to help her clients and will do everything she can to make them feel comfortable. Melodi has a very strong knowledge and understanding of the legal process.

She is very family-oriented and spends a lot of time with her daughter and enjoys traveling.

Cristal Contreras Kragulj

Cristal Contreras Kragulj

Senior Paralegal

Cristal joined Hasner Law in July 2019, and since 2012 she specializes in the personal injury field.  Cristal strives to provide an exceptional client experience during what can be a very difficult and trying time. 

Cristal graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2010 and received her certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2015 from University of Georgia.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and camping. 

Shanequé Gordon

Senior Paralegal

Shanequé has eight years of paralegal experience and came to Hasner Law after working in the Major Crimes & Criminal Law Divisions under the District Attorney’s office. Wanting a change of pace, she decided to join the Hasner Law team to further her law knowledge in the civil realm of Workers’ Compensation.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Saint Leo University. 

Shanequé’s strength is making our clients feel comfortable throughout the process of their claim.  She genuinely desires the best for her clients and readily makes herself available to her clients anytime they are in need. She loves to travel (Jamaica is her favorite place so far) and she has some great dance moves.  

Maria Ines Flores

Senior Paralegal

Maria joins Hasner Law as an experienced bilingual paralegal. She is professional, talented and dedicated to helping a diverse clientele. Maria earned her law degree from the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2018, Maria received her Master’s in Law from Emory University.  

Maria’s passion is working with the Hispanic Community. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and two rescue dogs. 

Ebony Cotton

Senior Paralegal

Ebony brings over a decade of paralegal experience in Workers’ Compensation to our team, finding this work immensely rewarding. Her extensive background includes working with plaintiffs, defendants, and insurance companies, providing her with a comprehensive perspective. In addition, Ebony has experience in Intellectual Property and Personal Injury law. She is an alumna of Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated with dual majors in Psychology and Sociology.

Beyond her professional achievements, Ebony is deeply committed to community service. She volunteers with Cereal G, which supports low-income communities by providing cereal, food, toys, and winter clothing. Her volunteer efforts also include work with Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Atlanta Food Bank.

In her free time, Ebony enjoys skiing, gardening, sewing, and reading. She has a passion for baking and loves to relax with a freshly made cupcake, a good sewing book, and jazz music in the background.

Sandra Contreras


Sandra recently relocated to Georgia after receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her professional demeanor and authentic personality make all clients and visitors feel welcome and cared for at Hasner Law. 

Outside of the office, Sandra can be found enjoying all that Georgia has to offer from hiking, sampling various cuisines, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Duarte

Jennifer Duarte

Legal Assistant

Jennifer joins the Hasner Law team with a strong background in personal injury law. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Jennifer served as an Administrative Assistant at a law firm. Along with her strengths in general administration in the legal industry, Jennifer comes to Hasner Law with a demonstrated history of client care as a former Intake Specialist.

Jennifer is a Mexican American, proficient in English and Spanish, and is well-equipped to work with a diverse clientele. She is excited to provide her legal knowledge, compassion, and care to clients as a Paralegal at Hasner Law.  

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, listening to music, hiking, and traveling.

Heather Hasner

Director of Business Development

Heather joins Hasner Law with over 12 years of business management experience from IBM. She also served as IBM’s Global Accessibility Lead, a pioneer for disability rights and accessibility, leading research efforts and implementation of laws and regulations worldwide in technology. Heather earned a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Design & Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications from Florida State University. 

The greatest joy for Heather is spending time with her husband and children. She loves cooking, exercising, running kids to activities, and volunteering with local and international missions. 

Erin Tankersley

Director of Business Operations

Erin joins the Hasner Law team with over 20 years of experience in leadership and management of large worldwide teams. Her expertise in the field of operations is both rich and unique. Erin worked for over four years for a legal department of a manufacturer with a global footprint. She brings with her an extensive experience in privacy, insurance, risk management, and corporate law. Erin is a powerful force on our Hasner Law team and uses her gifts, talents, and tireless energy to guide the team to work hard and succeed. 

Erin grew up in Colorado. She attended Clemson University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture, Fisheries & Wildlife Biology. Shortly after graduating, a family friend convinced her to enter the legal field, and the rest is history.

Outside of the office, Erin is a member of Cherokee County Search and Rescue and enjoys spending time with her family and loving bloodhound named Lily.

Nina Chappell

Nina Chappell

Intake Manager

Nina joins Hasner Law with over 20 years of customer service experience. This true native of Savannah loves to make people smile. She has great empathy for people going through difficult times and her genuine concern and care for our clients is displayed daily. Nina earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Strayer University. 

In her spare time Nina loves podcasting about cheap wines on Two Chicks Wining, reading, traveling, and enjoying each day as a blessing. 

Deborah Channell

Business Operations Assistant

Deborah joins the Hasner Law team as an experienced operations analyst. She grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, until she attended Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and a minor in Business Administration. Shortly after graduating, she was hired at a law office as an Administrative Assistant, specializing in supporting cases in medical malpractice, wrongful termination, and personal injury. Deborah thoroughly loved supporting clients through the lawsuit process from the intake level to settlement.

In 2019, Deborah moved to Atlanta to join OneTrust, a new start-up software company, as a Business Operations Analyst, where she learned the complexities of supporting a growing company and the thrill of watching it provide a helpful product for its customers. And prior to joining the firm, she was the Administrative Assistant at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, where she managed community and church operations. 

Outside of the office, Deborah enjoys reading, playing board games with her family and friends, and spending time outside.

Kimberly Williamson

Operations and Development Assistant

Kim joins Hasner Law with an extensive background in client services in financial corporations, start-ups, and local government organizations. She approaches all aspects of her role as Operations and Development Assistant with a positive, hard-working mindset. Kim is passionate about helping others find solutions to any challenge. She is a dedicated, focused, and self-driven team member that thrives on helping others with compassion, organization, and continuous learning. 

Kim relocated to Georgia with her family from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. 

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, complete home improvement projects, and quilt. She also enjoys serving her community through volunteering at her church.