Our Support Team
Charlotte was born in St. George, Utah and grew up in both Utah and Idaho, graduating from Blackfoot High School. After attending Utah State University, Charlotte decided to pursue a degree in Paralegal Studies. Charlotte grew up in the home of an attorney and has been involved in the legal field for decades. Her original fascination came from watching her father practice law. Charlotte began her paralegal in her father’s practice while she attended school at Salt Lake Community College. While there she was on the President’s list for all three semesters she attended. She graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2006 in Paralegal Studies.
Charlotte has been a paralegal for 14 years working in both criminal and family law. For the last eight years her main focus has been family law and she has seen and helped clients with all different types of family law issues. Charlotte’s extensive knowledge of family law is as exceptional support to the attorneys she works with and her experience continues to benefit the clients she works with everyday at Quackenbush Legal.
Kurt Quackenbush is a paralegal at Quackenbush Legal. After graduating from BYU, Kurt’s career paths have included working in the 3D design field at General Motors and at electronic entertainment companies such as Sony and EA games. Kurt moved from the design field to work as a teacher in Utah and has worked with students in education for over 11 years. Kurt changed his career focus to the legal field by studying to be a paralegal. Upon receiving his paralegal certification, Kurt began working at Quackenbush Legal and excels at communicating and collaborating with individuals to help build their legal case files.
Tami obtained an Associate degree in Sociology in 2008, which has aided her throughout her career in account management, marketing, sales, and project management. As the firm’s Financial Controller, Tami focuses on making sure client needs are met and understood by each department within the firm. She serves as the primary contact person for many client services endeavors and seeks to ensure clients are experiencing a positive client-company relationship. Additionally, Tami oversees all aspects of billing support to the firm. Tami is incredibly empathetic and is strongly solution-oriented, which makes her an asset to both the Quackenbush Legal team and our clients.
Valyn Baxter is a legal assistant at Quackenbush Legal. Valyn was born and raised in Utah and is passionate about the law. After receiving her Paralegal Certificate, Valyn started working in family law, where she quickly gained experience and developed her skills. Currently, Valyn is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in legal studies. Her academic achievements include being a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Society of Leadership and Success, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in her studies.
Prior to transitioning to law, Valyn worked as a mechanic for three years, where she developed her problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Valyn’s diverse background has given her a unique perspective and a broad range of skills that she applies to her work every day. Outside of work and studies, Valyn enjoys the creative arts and prefers to stay busy by creating art pieces in her personal life. Her passion for creativity and attention to detail are reflected in her work, making her an invaluable member of the Quackenbush Legal team.
Sehar Merrill is a Legal Assistant in the Quackenbush Legal Chicago office. Sehar joined in May of 2023 and is a dedicated legal assistant with a diverse background. She has a passion for law that blends with a history in Journalism, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Her journey began in the world of Journalism, where she polished her skills as Editors for her school newspapers. This early exposure laid the foundation for her ability to convey complex information clearly—a skill she now applies in the Legal field.
A significant chapter of her career took place in the dynamic and demanding environment of the Bar and Restaurant Industry. Over 13 years, she progressed from a Server to the General Manager of three Downtown bars. This experience left her with invaluable leadership, organizational, and problem-solving skills, which seamlessly translate into the legal realm.
Adapting to the change the COVID-19 pandemic brought, she transitioned to healthcare and worked in a Hospital setting. However, her genuine passion for the Legal field led her to Quackenbush Legal. Sehar desires to leverage the diverse skills acquired throughout her career and is excited to embark on this new chapter as a Legal Assistant.
Alexis (Lexi) Knudsen
Receptionist & Legal Assistant
Alexis Knudsen was born and raised in Utah with her parents and four younger siblings. As the first point of contact for the firm, Alexis strives to build quality working relationships with clients and other legal professionals. She has years of administrative and customer service experience. Alexis is incredibly empathetic and is strongly solution-oriented, which makes her an asset to both the Quackenbush Legal team and our clients. When not working, Alexis enjoys baking, spending time with her husband and exploring the outdoors.
Front Desk Receptionist
Ely Childs is the Front Desk Receptionist at Quackenbush Legal. As the first point of contact for the firm, Ely strives to build quality working relationships with clients and other legal professionals. She has years of administrative and customer service experience and has a strong passion to make others feel heard and understood.
Ely was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada with her father and two younger brothers. In 2019 she graduated high school with Advanced Honors, ranking in the top 10% of her class. She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2022 and has never felt more at home. Ely grew up watching her grandmother practice law as a District Attorney and is excited to see where this career path takes her. Ely is currently completing training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the State of Utah and was recently appointed a Notary Public for the State of Utah.
Lance D. Fitzpatrick
Front Desk Receptionist
Meet Lance D. Fitzpatrick, a qualified professional of Communication expertise and Security proficiency. With a degree in Communication, Lance blends his academic knowledge with a strong background in Security to redefine the role of a Receptionist.
Lance is not your typical receptionist; he possesses a keen understanding of the importance of Communication in Security-related contexts. He holds a solid foundation in specific areas of Communication, which include verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. He always ensures that information flows seamlessly, both within the office and with clients, which contributes to a secure and efficient operational environment. Lance is a dedicated and self-motivated professional whose passion for his work is truly impressive.
Beyond work, he treasures time with family and friends, and embodies a genuine desire to make meaningful contributions to those around him. Meticulous in his approach, Lance is known for his attention to detail and valuable suggestions that contribute significantly to the success of his endeavors. That being said, with the polished Security skills he acquired through years of experience in the Security Sector, Lance brings a unique perspective to the front desk of the Quackenbush Legal office in Chicago.