Meet Our Team

Finklea Law Firm is blessed to have such dedicated staff on its team.

With the diverse experience and tremendous work ethic this team exhibits, it is no secret our employees strive to assist each client to their very best ability.



Chelsea - Receptionist

Hello, my name is Chelsea Hudson. I am the receptionist here at Finklea Law Firm, and I will be here to welcome you into our office. I have always enjoyed working with the public, so being a part of Finklea Law Firm is a great fit for me. I attended Florence-Darlington Technical College after graduating high school. My free time away from work is usually spent with my boyfriend and our three Boykins. I look forward to meeting you!

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Angie - Office Administrator

I began working for Finklea Law Firm in 2004 as a Litigation Paralegal.  After 11 years of employment, I left after the birth of my son, Jasper.  I returned to the firm as the Office Administrator in March 2017.  Considering my education in business, legal experience and enjoyment of the duties of the administrator, I am excited to serve in this capacity.  I handle matters related to accounting, personnel management, advertising, supplies, phones, and computer software and hardware.  On a larger scale, I work with the attorneys to ensure their goals for the direction of the firm are met.  I strive to assist the firm to operate effectively on a daily basis and efficiently while making sure our clients’ needs are met and expectations exceeded.


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Jessica - Legal Assistant

My name is Jessica Hernandez. I am a Legal Assistant at the Finklea Law Firm and work as a liaison between the lawyers and our Spanish-speaking clients. In addition to meeting with these clients and translating for them, I often attend depositions, mediations and court appearances. I started working with FLF in October 2011. It is, has, and continues to be an honor to be a part of a professional and organized law firm which offers legal advice within a culture that encourages innovative problem solving. I am committed to providing personal attention to our clients' interests in each case. I look forward to working hard for you to achieve the best recovery for your claim.

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Carol - Paralegal

My name is Carol Little.  I am a 1998 Graduate from Florence-Darlington Technical College with an Associates Degree in Public Service - Legal Assistant/Paralegal.  Previously, I worked for sixteen years at the Fallon Law Firm here in Florence until Mr. Fallon's retirement.  Now, I work with Gary's clients that are in the litigation phase of their case.  I am very familiar with the litigation process, the discovery process, and how to prepare a case for trial.  Also, having reviewed medical records for over 16 years, I assist in identifying important aspects of our clients' medical treatment.  I know that client service and good communication are important, and I enjoy meeting new people and making a positive impact on peoples' lives. Helping clients is a daily routine to which I have become accustomed and thoroughly enjoy! I look forward to meeting you and working with you.  When I am not at work, I enjoy fishing and playing with my grandkids, Emma and Nate!

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Ellis - Legal Secretary

My name is Ellis Arrington. I am a graduate of Francis Marion University with a Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts with a specialization in Graphic Design. I began working at Finklea Law Firm in March 2014 as Legal Secretary to Gary Finklea and Charlie Blake, Jr. My daily duties include transcription, preparing cases for the discovery portion of the litigation process, providing organizational support and keeping clients informed during the pendency of their cases. I began working in the legal field over 5 years ago while I was in college. My experience began as a legal courier and thereafter developed into receptionist and secretarial duties. I look forward to having the opportunity to assist you!


Hannah - Legal Assistant

My name is Hannah Thomas. I am a graduate of the 2017 class at Florence-Darlington Technical College with a degree in Paralegal Studies. Being the baby of the firm and beginning my career here at Finklea, I can say that I am excited for what is to come and proud to work with such an amazing team! I currently assist all paralegals and attorneys in Real Estate and Personal Injury. I look forward to assisting you with the best of my ability!

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Deborah - Paralegal

My name is Deborah Hinson. I have 15 years prior experience in the legal field, including Family Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Law. I started working at Finklea Law Firm in March 2014. I am Paralegal to Joshua A. Bailey, and I handle his family law and criminal defense court cases. The attorneys and staff at Finklea Law Firm are committed to providing their clients with excellent customer service, and I am delighted to be a part of their team. My goal is to assist you in the most proficient way possible, and I look forward to working with you and Attorney Bailey on your case!

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Clark - Paralegal

Hello, my name is Clark Anderson. I am a graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and Education with a concentration in Political Science. I have also received my Paralegal Certification from Central Piedmont Community College. My paralegal career includes several years of experience working in many areas of law; however, I assist Attorney Joshua Bailey in Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, and personal injury cases. It is a great honor to be a part of Finklea Law Firm which has such a strong commitment to client communication and client service. I look forward to working with you.

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Leah - Paralegal

My name is Leah Stallings, and I love being a part of the real estate team at Finklea Law Firm. My background includes over 12 years of experience in banking and real estate lending, with prior positions at Washington Mutual n/k/a JP Morgan Chase, Sentry Bank n/k/a First Bank, and most recently, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. As a Florence native, I have enjoyed building relationships with many local members of the real estate community and look forward to contributing to the hometown service offered by Finklea Law Firm for years to come! I believe that communication is key when coordinating the many complex aspects of a real estate transaction, and I hope to have the opportunity to help with your real estate needs in the future!

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Kim - Paralegal

My name is Kimberly Winburn (Kim). I have enjoyed being a part of the Finklea Law Firm family since January 2014. Prior to coming to FLF, I spent three years with Washington Mutual n/k/a JPMorgan Chase and worked in the Tax Department. At Washington Mutual, I was responsible for paying mortgagors' property taxes through their mortgage escrow accounts. Thereafter, I spent seven years employed with the Florence County Clerk of Court 's Office where I assisted attorneys and the general public with real estate recordings and other legal documents. At the Finklea Law Firm, I am a Legal Assistant to J. Gregory Hendrick and work exclusively with real estate transactions. I enjoy the fast-paced nature of the work where every day is unique.  I work with so many people to make each closing come together for each of our clients, and I look forward to working with you in your real estate closing!

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Tonya - Paralegal

My name is Tonya Hayes. I close residential and commercial real estate transactions at Finklea Law Firm. I have previously worked twenty-three years in the real estate industry and have been blessed to work with a number of clients, realtors, and lenders in the Pee Dee area. The friendships I have made over the years have made the transition to the Finklea Law Firm very smooth. I will continue to strive for excellence as I work to meet the needs of our clients. Real estate is generally the most important investment that is made by an individual, and the closing process should be made as painless as possible. I enjoy the fast pace of the real estate working environment and helping to make the American dream a reality for families. I am very excited to be a part of the real estate team and look forward to working with you.


Barbara - Paralegal

Hello, my name is Barbara Rogers. I am a 1986 graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Business and Paralegal Technology. I began working at the Finklea Law Firm in April 2012. I work within the real estate department and have countless years of experience in real estate transactions and other property issues. For over nine years, I worked for Florence County in both the Tax Assessor's Office and the Florence County Planning Department. In the Planning Department, I worked with approving plans, plats, subdivisions, and zoning issues. I also have over fifteen years of experience with abstracting, titles, researching courthouse records, and loan closings. I am glad I am able to put my experience back to work in a field I thoroughly enjoy. I look forward to working with you!

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Vevelyn - Paralegal

My name is Vevelyn Bradley.  I recently joined the Finklea Law Firm as a paralegal assisting Patrick Ford in his practice of general litigation, business litigation, corporate and business law, real estate disputes and collection matters.  I am also assisting Gary Finklea in his practice with all non-Personal Injury cases.  I have been working in the legal industry for 20+ years, and I am excited to bring the wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that I possess to the Finklea Law Firm.  Being the baby of the bunch with the Finklea family, I am humbled by the awesome treatment by my co-workers and attorneys who have welcomed me with open arms and made the transition seamless. I am committed to providing exceptional client services and look forward to working with you and Attorneys Ford and Finklea on your case.

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Carolyn - Paralegal

Hi, my name is Carolyn Thompkins. I bring over 10 years of experience in the legal field to the Finklea Law Firm. I joined the Finklea Team in June 2014, and at that time, I assisted with Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury claims. I am now the Probate Paralegal for all of the attornies at Finklea Law Firm. I look forward to working with you with any probate matters you may have.


Catherine - Legal Assistant

My name is Catherine Hyman. I received my English—Liberal Arts degree from Francis Marion University in December 2017, and I began working at Finklea Law Firm in January 2018. I am currently taking a paralegal certification course through the University of South Carolina to learn more about the field. I work with the paralegals and attorneys on different projects as I am learning about the duties of paralegals and other legal positions. I enjoy working with such great people who give me the opportunity to learn, and I look forward to working with you.