Cory CarlsonChief Operating Officer
Cory Carlson is the Chief Operating Officer for Grossman Law Offices and is our most senior employee, having been with the firm for nearly 12 years. Cory studied business and entrepreneurial management at the University of Iowa where he obtained his BBA, and is currently studying law at the University of North Texas College of Law.
Cory played a vital role in the transformation of Grossman Law Offices from a more conventional personal injury firm into the focused litigation firm it is today. He is quite vocal in his criticism of the way "most firms" operate. Having begun his career in sales and then enterprise management, Cory is firmly rooted in the belief that companies must always be client-focused. He has created many of the firm's policies and procedures accordingly.
Cory's known around the office for his can-do attitude, his ability to solve any problem, his willingness to sacrifice his personal time to help our clients, and for being a true believer in the firm's mission.
He and his wife are foster parents who have one adopted one child and are in the process of adopting another. Further, he and his family are passionate supporters of several charitable organizations focused on supporting needy children. In 2018, the Carlsons were recognized by Congressman Sam Johnson through the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for their contribution to foster care and adoption, and attended a special ceremony in Washington, DC.
Marini TorresHead Litigation Paralegal
Marini Torres is one of the most capable litigation paralegals in the State of Texas and a vital part of our operation. Upon graduating from paralegal school, she began her career at the Law Offices of John R. Salazar where she worked for several years as a pre-litigation paralegal. She then transitioned to The Carlson Law Firm where she spent two years focusing on auto and premises liability cases.
Upon learning of Marini's capabilities, Grossman Law Offices was able to convince her to join our team where she has worked for the past 10 years.
Marini is known around the office for her diligent work ethic, attention to detail, knowledge of Texas civil procedure, and her cheerful demeanor. Her primary roles consist of managing our firm's litigation docket and supervising our team of paralegals and case managers. Simply put, she is the oil that makes our litigation machine run so well.
Moreover, her skill in assisting our attorneys is rivaled only by her dedication to helping those whom we serve. She has spent countless hours helping clients fill out life insurance paperwork, make funeral arrangements, schedule doctors appointments, make travel arrangements, etc. Our firm is known throughout the legal community for the way we go above and beyond to help clients with problems that aren't necessarily a part of their case. Marini deserves the majority of the credit for this reputation, as it's the result of her unwavering commitment to always treat our clients like family.
Marini is also fluent in Spanish and lives in North Texas with her husband and five children.
Maria Cantrell Litigation Paralegal
Maria Cantrell is one of Texas' most experienced litigation paralegals. In her nearly 20-year career, she has assisted attorneys in close to 100 jury trials. She is also a proud member the Paralegal Division of The State Bar of Texas.
Following her graduation from paralegal school, Maria began her career at a Fort Worth-based insurance carrier. She was initially assigned the role of paralegal for the carrier's in-house counsel but was soon promoted to work for the company's General Counsel.
Maria then transitioned to a civil defense firm in Lubbock, TX, where she worked for several years as a paralegal to a named partner. Later, she accepted a position at a company specializing in intellectual property cyber-crime, where she learned many advanced investigative techniques and developed a love for pursuing criminals.
This led Maria to accept a position with the Rockwall County District Attorney's Office, where she initially assisted in prosecuting misdemeanors. She was soon promoted to head paralegal, providing trial support to the County's prosecution team.
During her time in Rockwall County, Maria was recognized on multiple occasions for her skill, work ethic, and positive attitude, including recognition as Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year. Maria also assisted prosecutors before the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals and was invited to be a keynote speaker at a Texas District and County Attorneys Association conference, where she presented a lecture on developing trial teams.
Our firm's founder, Michael Grossman, learned of Maria's experience by word of mouth and then actively recruited her, knowing what a great asset she would be for our firm's litigation team. In her time at Grossman Law Offices, Maria has worked on numerous multi-million dollar catastrophic injury and fatality cases and has developed a reputation for her strong work ethic and attention to detail.
Maria lives with her husband and two children in Dallas County. She enjoys reading and enjoying the great outdoors.
Naomi AyalaLegal Assistant
Laura RamirezLegal Assistant
Brandi JonesLegal Assistant
Felicia HernandezAdministrative Assistant
Xochitl EstradaIntake Coordinator
Jeffrey CarrLead Researcher
Jeffrey Carr earned a BS in English Literature from Towson University in Maryland. Following the completion of his Bachelor's degree, Jeffrey continued to take research-focused writing and analysis classes at Towson to further develop his rhetorical and analytical capabilities. Jeffrey is also a student of history, philosophy, and politics who is known around the office for knowing basically everything, thus earning him the nickname "Jeffipedia."
Jeffrey came to work for Grossman Law Offices as a researcher and writer. Our firm's approach to public outreach is unlike other firms. Rather than our website serving as a conventional marketing tool, our aim is to produce web content that focuses heavily on three elements:
-Making the law more accessible by explaining its inner workings in terms that non-lawyers can appreciate.
-Spreading the word about important safety concerns and related trends and statistics.
-Analyzing and discussing public policies and their effects on our fellow Texans
Our firm is committed to the idea expressed by Justice Clarence Thomas that, "the law belongs to everyone, not just attorneys." Jeffrey's efforts to translate legalese into plain language have played a major role in our firm's mission to empower Texans by helping them understand their rights and remedies in a complex legal environment.
Jeffrey lives with his wife and son in Dallas and enjoys spending his free time reading.
Khanh LaMannaPublic Outreach Coordinator
Patrick Burke Researcher
Alex Baker Researcher
Tyler Kerrick Researcher
Eric AyalaMail Clerk
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