Brian D. Guralnick, Esquire – Founder and Managing Partner
My first encounter into the area of injury law unfortunately happened when my own mother’s malignant melanoma skin cancer was misdiagnosed by a local doctor. By the time the melanoma was properly diagnosed, the cancer had spread throughout her body and ultimately killed her. From this experience, I discovered that you need to do your own research, learn the medicine, and become a strong advocate. I was so passionate in my personal fight, that I decided I wanted to help out other inured accident victims.
After law school, I started out my legal career working for two prominent injury law firms. However, I learned that many large injury law firms did not give their clients and their cases the appropriate attention. Therefore, in 1998, I started my own law firm and accumulated an amazing, talented, and caring team with plenty of resources to take on the biggest insurance companies, such as State Farm, Allstate, GEICO, and Progressive.
What sets us apart is that we get to know our clients and their cases on a personal level. Most of my team members consider each other like family, and we feel the same way with most of our clients. In my opinion, it is this combination of personal attention, along with the skill, passion, and resources, that enables us to recover millions of dollars each year for our clients.
In my spare time, I enjoy working out, playing poker, skiing, good food and wine…and of course playing with our office dog. I also enjoy staying active in the community. I have been on the board of directors for various local charities, assisted many local political leaders, and I have been appointed to several city committees.
Samuel R. Guelli, Esquire – Litigation Partner
With over 20 years experience, Sam is an accomplished trial attorney. In fact, Sam has been designated by the Florida bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Only 1% of all Florida lawyers have achieved this prestigious designation which entitles him to be called an “expert” in this area of law. He has aggressively fought for victim’s rights while a criminal prosecutor for several years in both Palm Beach County, FL and New York. Sam also worked for a few years defending insurance companies, however, he quickly realized his true passion was representing people, not big corporations.
Since that time has been exclusively fighting on behalf of injured accident victims in Palm Beach County, where he now resides. Sam’s unique background as both a prosecutor, as well as defending insurance companies, has given him the advantage of knowing inside information on how injury cases are fought.
We are very fortunate to have Sam as part of our team. In addition to his skills as an injury trial lawyer, Sam is a dedicated, hard working, and compassionate man. He really cares about his clients by getting them the best medical and financial result for their injuries. Sam is happily married to his wonderful wife, Krissy, and lives with her and their children, Emily and Jake, in Wellington, FL.
Sam is actively involved in his community, where he has coached baseball, football, and has been a speaker at his church.
Experienced Legal Team
Fatima C. Ferreira – Case Manager
Fatima has over 20 years of personal injury experience and has been with our firm since May 2006. She gets extreme satisfaction knowing she helps our clients get fully compensated. She keeps on the legal pulse by regularly attending attorney and judicial seminars and doing inordinate amounts of legal research. On a more personal level, Fatima was born in Portugal and moved to Boston when she was 12 years old. She is tri-lingual and speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Fatima has been married for 25 years to a Sergeant with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and has a son and daughter, both in their twenties. She has a labrador retriever rescued from the pound and 2 cats. Her other passions include most outdoor activities, including going to the beach, picnics, walks and bicycling.
Samantha E. Scalpi – Case Manager
Samantha – As a former client, Samantha is uniquely qualified to be a Case Manager. This country’s largest motor vehicle insurance company refused to offer Samantha a fair settlement for the injuries she sustained from a car crash. They disputed her case on every ground including what was the cause of her injuries to who was at fault. They tried to bully her into accepting a settlement that would not have even paid her medical bills.
We supported Samantha and took her case to trial, wherein one of the insurance industries’ most notorious attorneys tried to break her down and cry. But Samantha and our trial team proved to the jury that their insured was responsible for both causing the crash and Samantha’s injuries. They awarded an amount over 10 times what the insurance company offered as a settlement.
This experience gave Samantha the passion and commitment to help our clients fight for what they deserve. Samantha is always a positive burst of energy. When Samantha is not busy fighting for others, she enjoys being playful around the office and going out with her friends. She loves to dance and helps others with their fitness as a certified Zumba instructor.
Vanessa Fernandez – Case Manager Assistant
Vanessa – Originally from Long Island NY, Vanessa’s family moved to South Florida when she was a young girl and she feels right at home here in sunny and warm West Palm Beach. Simultaneously, as she works to assist Case Manager Samantha, Vanessa is also working towards her Associates Degree at Palm Beach State College where she wants to continue her education in law.
“My original dream was to peruse a career in criminal law, but after being with Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers for just a short while, my heart and passion truly lies with helping injured accident victims. I love working with my clients and the rest of the team. It’s not a job, it’s an honor”
Vanessa’s other passion is her family and friends. Surrounding herself with love fulfills her and keeps her busy!
Elena M. Gamez – Litigation Paralegal
Elena – is extremely compassionate when it comes to helping those in need and making a difference in their lives. Born in Kansas and raised in Palm Beach County, she decided early in her studies that a career in the law was the best way to do this. Elena obtained a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida with a minor in criminal justice. She has always been an athlete and continues to take part in long distance running, yoga, and boot camp competitions.
Elena is very family oriented, like many Cuban American families, and spends much of her free time with them, including her young daughter. When she gets a free moment she loves to travel and relax by reading a good book or watching movies. Elena speaks both English and Spanish.
Amelia M. Sanabria – Case Manager Assistant
Amelia has been working as a case manager assistant and an “IT extraordinaire” with our firm since 2006. She made the switch from the medical field because she wanted to grow professionally and heard great reviews about Brian and his law firm from a reputable medical contact. Amelia moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 2001, and is still a huge Boston Red Sox fan. She also enjoys pilates, belly dancing, and teaching her infant daughter to be tri-lingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Rhoda Mortman – Office Manager
Rhoda is another long time team member of the firm. She helps administratively run the firm. She works very diligently in making sure the clients’ settlement proceeds are processed and disbursed properly and as quickly as possible so our clients can get the money they deserve. Like many people living in Florida, Rhoda is originally from New York but moved to Florida over 20 years ago. When she is not busy negotiating deals for the law firm, she enjoys reading, and going to concerts/theater events, as well as taking long peaceful walks in her neighborhood in Boynton Beach.