Staff

Director of Operations

Kathleen DannKathleen Dann

Kathleen relocated from the Boston, MA area to Manatee County with her husband in 2016. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, completing an M.B.A. program through the prestigious Charlton School of Business. Kathleen previously held a longstanding position as Firm Administrator with a prominent Massachusetts law firm before moving to Clearwater and continuing her career as Business Manager for a large accounting firm eventually moving to “paradise” on Perico Island. Kathleen has enjoyed involvement in many community service organizations including serving as a Girl Scout Leader, as a volunteer for YMCA Committees & Fundraising, as a Recording Clerk for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), to her most fulfilling role as Foster Care Parent. Previously an avid snow skier and runner, the love of the outdoors now takes Kathleen and her husband on adventurous bicycle treks, long walks on our gorgeous Gulf beaches and hikes through the many breathtaking land preservation areas found in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Legal Assistants

Dina M. De LorenzoDina M. De Lorenzo

Dina comes to the office of Lancaster & Eure from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has ten years of experience with Ohio workers’ compensation. She attended the University of Cincinnati and is currently a resident of Manatee County. Dina has been with Lancaster & Eure since September of 2006.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading and traveling. Dina has been an active member of Women of the Moose since 2007.

Leah EltingLeah Elting

Originally from Sacramento, CA, Leah recently relocated to Bradenton, FL. Prior to moving to the Sunshine State, Leah also resided in Nashville, TN for thirteen years. In 1983, she graduated from The Sawyer School with a legal secretary certificate. Since that time she has gained over thirty years of legal experience, including ten years with Tennessee Workers’ Compensation.

Leah is happily married to her husband of over twenty years. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, trips to the beach, baking cakes, and spending time with her family.

Deborah R. HigelDeborah 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 knowledge of the law.

Antonia "Tonie" VazquezAntonia “Toni” Vazquez

Tonie  was  born and raised in New York City, living in area known as “the Bronx”, before relocating to Bradenton, FL.   She previously worked for a nation-wide defense firm  for 14 years in their New York City office located on Wall Street before joining Lancaster & Eure.  Tonie’s education included the LaGuardia Community College and she has accumulated over 30 years of experience as a Legal Assistant.   Tonie works in our Social Security Disability division and assists our clients in their appeals of wrongfully denied disability benefits.

During her spare time, Tonie enjoys shopping, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends, but as all mother’s do, she also enjoys her alone time even more so now that she is located in the beautiful Sarasota area.

Yolanda Jacques

Yolanda hails from Flower Mound, Texas, relocating to beautiful Florida in 2017. She attained an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice in 1993 from Schenectady County Community College in New York, graduating with honors. Yolanda went on to earn her Paralegal Certificate in 2007 from Professional Development Institute/University of North Texas.  Yolanda began her legal career in 1999, most recently working for a family law firm in Flower Mound, Texas and as a self-employed family law paralegal.  She continues her career in Sarasota working with Lancaster & Eure as a Workers Compensation paralegal, assisting clients and helping them navigate through difficult periods in their lives.

In her spare time, Yolanda cheers on the Dallas Cowboys as a long-time fan, enjoys going to the beach, traveling, salsa dancing, farmers markets, and bike riding.  She is the proud mother of two adult children and has two beautiful granddaughters.

Lynne Lavallee

Lynne comes to Lancaster & Eure with over 30 years experience working in the practice area of personal injury.  This experience allows Lynne to serve clients with a higher level of skill and knowledge, demonstrating she truly cares about clients, their lives and of course, their legal cases.  As a litigation paralegal, Lynne works to ensure clients’ cases achieve the most successful resolution possible after their life-altering event.  To demonstrate Lynne’s commitment to the area of personal injury law, she is a long-standing paralegal member of the Florida Justice Association and a certified Accredited Multi-Line Claims Adjuster.

Personally, Lynne enjoys spending free time with friends and family, cooking, watching the Tampa Bay Rays baseball, Tampa Bay Buccaneers football and NASCAR racing.   A longtime resident of Manatee County, Lynne is married and the proud mother of two sons and the very proud grandmother of two fabulous granddaughters.

 

Colleen Chaney
Colleen relocated to Sarasota, FL in February 2013 from Philadelphia, PA.

She attended a Home Health Aide workshop and then Suncoast Technical College attaining a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) designation.  Prior to becoming a CNA, Colleen gained over 25 years of legal experience working in law firms in Philadelphia, PA. She has extensive experience in the areas of Personal Injury and Catastrophic Medical Malpractice. Colleen’s experience working with patients both in the hospital as well as in their homes influenced her to return to her background, helping injured clients in Lancaster & Eure’s Workers’ Compensation division..

In her spare time, Colleen enjoys spending time with her three sons and their families, who also live in Sarasota, doing various activities with family and friends, as well as relaxing at home.

 

Sinan Basagic

Sinan moved to Florida in 1999 from Utica, New York. He is a proud graduate of Riverview High School.

Sinan entered the legal field in 2015 and has been working in law firms since that time.  In 2021, Sinan joined Lancaster & Eure as a paralegal in our Workers’ Compensation division utilizing significant multitasking skills and previous customer service experience to provide support to both clients and attorneys, filling an integral role in case management.

Living in Florida for over 20 years, Sinan considers himself a Floridian. He enjoys reading, traveling, working out and spending time with his wife, Emilie, and their two dogs.

 

Spanish Translator

Diana RicoDiana Rico

Diana Rico is a claims assistant/translator at Lancaster & Eure and serves as a liaison between the attorneys and paralegals and our 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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