Meet The Staff At Licata & Yeremenko
Maria Giuffre is our law firm administrator. Maria joined the firm in 1999 and, in addition to her administrative duties, is a certified paralegal responsible for providing support to approximately one-third of the files in the office. Maria’s legal experience is in personal injury and employment law…always on the plaintiff side.
Maria is a first-generation immigrant having come to the U.S. at the age of 4 from her native Cuba. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and also speaks conversational Italian. As an immigrant, she has a passion for helping those in need and is involved with Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, and donates time to Children’s Hunger Fund and other charities.
Maria’s husband is a native Italian who still maintains a family home in Italy and which they try to visit as often as possible. Maria is an avid traveler and partial to western Europe, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys (her happy place). Having lived in the San Fernando Valley since arriving in California, she considers herself a true “Valley Girl.”
Maria loves to cook and entertain family and friends. Her passion is her family and in particular her granddaughter.
Good wine, good food, and good company are her motto.
Hermina Avakian is a legal secretary/legal assistant. She has been with the firm for more than 20 years. She has over 35 years of experience with a background in civil litigation, mostly in employment and personal injury law. Hermina has a thorough knowledge of all California Court Judicial Policies and Procedures and E-Filing. She is fluent in Armenian and Farsi.
Daniela Tapia is one of our client liaisons. Daniela joined the firm in 2016. She provides support to our attorneys and assists our clients and potential clients.
She is of Mexican descent, fluent in both Spanish and English. She attended CSUN, LAVC, as well as the prestigious Universidad Hippocrates in Mexico.
Prior to joining our team, Daniela worked in human resources for a staffing agency that provided employees to various factories. She has seen firsthand how hard employees work without always getting treated fairly. Daniela is passionate about civil rights.
Daniela enjoys being of service and fighting for good causes. She has volunteered her time with the AIDS Walk, Light the Night/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society March, La Gran Marcha, The Cesar Chavez Walk, Goodwill, St. Vincent Meals On Wheels, Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, and Lowman Elementary School among other organizations.
Daniela’s favorite hobby is enjoying time with her loved ones and reading books by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Dr. Michio Kaku, Stephen King and Anne Rule.
Mario Estrada, Jr.
Mario Estrada, Jr. is in charge of file management and information technology for the firm. Mario is a bi-lingual Mexican-American with a passion for music. He resides in Woodland Hills with his wife Marisela and their two boys, Jordan and Jacob. One of his favorite quotes comes from one of his idols: “You miss every shot you don’t take” Michael Jordan.
Ashley Jimenez is our law firm receptionist. Ashley is of Salvadorian and Cuban descent and is fluent in both Spanish and English.
During her downtime, she likes to read and draw. She also loves to try new things and tends to do them without much thought to failure or success. “Failure is a great teacher” is her motto and without making mistakes in life, personal growth is not possible. Ashley loves helping people and is happy to work in a place that goes out of its way to help others.