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Meet the Team

Name: Don Bumgardner, Legal Assistant

I enjoy making insurance companies do what they are supposed to do.

My hobbies include hunting, exercising, and watching UNC athletic teams.

Eileen DeSimone, Case Manager

I have been assisting clients, new and recurring, for many years. I take pride that I can give them the help and support they need to work through a bad situation. I have compassion for each individual and their problems are mine until we can bring their case to closure.

In my spare time, I enjoy a good novel or film, cooking, gardening and motorcycle riding. With the majority of my family residing in Pennsylvania, my co-workers have become my second family. I enjoy using my vacation time to go spend quality time and vacation with my family.

Gary L. Swinkey, Investigator  

Drawing on my investigative experience as a retired FBI Agent I am able to provide our clients with the best possible litigation support for their cases.

My hobbies include collecting classic Mercedes Benz cars, playing golf, and sporting clays.

Laura Gibbins, Finance Manager  

My favorite part of my job is being part of a good team and feeling joy in making a daily contribution.  Outside of the office, I love reading and traveling to unknown towns and investigating food, culture and history.

Marisa James/Litigation Paralegal  

I joined the LOJET team straight out of graduating from law school with the goal of learning all the aspects of practicing law. As a litigation paralegal, I am mainly responsible for handling discovery, which I enjoy because it helps to shape and form the arguments that our lawyers will ultimately be making.

In my spare time, I am usually chasing my twin toddler daughters around and if I’m lucky enough to find a rare quiet moment, I enjoy reading and baking treats for the office.

Marie Kanipe, Investigator/Legal Assistant  

I love investigating accidents. I ensure we have done all we can do to provide that extra reassurance to our clients. I have the compassion and drive it takes to give the hometown courtesy to each person we aid.

My favorite activity is spending time with my grandchildren. Watching them laugh and play is my enjoyment. I do love the outdoors, hiking, riding bicycles, camping and the beach. I also love to sew and give back to the community. I recently made the curtains for a local elementary school’s cafeteria.

Martina Gutierrez, Receptionist  

My favorite part of my job is greeting people. I like to make people feel welcome and comfortable.

My leisure time consists of reading, listening to music, dance lessons, hiking and weight training. I’m an outdoor enthusiast for outdoor activities. I like to engage in group-oriented outings that provide an opportunity to meet people and experience the outdoors.

Tracey P. Teno, Paralegal  

I love seeing the legal process unfold and making sure people like myself are not treated unfairly by insurance companies.

I enjoy spending time with my family. I love watching and supporting my three children in all of their sporting events. I also enjoy reading and going to the movies.

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Hickory Office Main office

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor

120 3rd Street NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: 828-327-9004
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Charlotte Office

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor

1515 Mockingbird Lane Suite 407
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 704-676-1093
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