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 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 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.
Click the following link to learn my involvement with the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, as I discuss the importance of protecting your skin with sunscreen: https://youtu.be/Yk_k3Io27jU
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 bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Only 1% of all 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, 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 Sam 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.
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 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 client was responsible for causing both the crash and Samantha’s injuries. They awarded an amount over 10 times what the insurance company initially 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.
Elena M. Gamez – Litigation Paralegal
Elena – is extremely passionate 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 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 – Office Administrator
Amelia is our Office Administrator and an “IT extraordinaire” and has been 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 company. Amelia moved to 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 become tri-lingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Brittany Milliner – Office Assistant
As a Florida Native born and raised here in beautiful West Palm Beach she is a true Sunshine State girl with a love for gardening, growing orchids, fruits, and vegetables. Brittany found her passion in personal injury law in 2010 when she experienced an unfortunate personal loss due to a motorcycle accident. She loves working with the clients and guiding them through the tedious process of PI law. “I have a work family. We have a good time together. Work isn’t stressful and I meet the most amazing people.”
Laurel Siemon – Legal Assistant
Laurel was born right here in West Palm Beach. At three years old Laurel’s family moved to the south pacific island of Saipan. This opened up a world of travel to amazing places throughout Asia, Europe and South America. Laurel brings a great perspective to her team and when she is asked what she loves most about working with the firm, she commented, “I love how the firm is like a family, and I know that I’ll always have the support of my coworkers which, in turn, makes helping others easy.” In Laurel’s spare time she is a true fan of the theater, specifically, catching broadway shows in the Big Apple.
Jeanette Wyss – Legal Assistant
Jeanette is originally from the Bronx, NY. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration she moved to Florida in 2005 and became interested in the medical field. Jeanette always had a desire to help people. Her hobbies include producing music and going to the beach. In response to the constant change in the medical field she decided it was time to move in a different direction. She chose to pursue a career in the legal field. “As a fair, caring and helpful person it seemed like the perfect fit for me. What I love most about working for this firm is that we all are like a huge family, and we care about our clients. Everyone will go above and beyond our clients needs.”