We are different from other firms. Edwards & Edwards, P.A. is a sister owned, and family operated law firm.
As Sisters at Law, we value family relationships and work together to produce strong, compassionate and professional services for you. Here are brief bios of our owners.
Amanda Edwards is a shareholder and one of the founding attorneys of Edwards & Edwards, PA. She practices in the areas of Criminal Defense, Injunctions for Protection, Animal Law, Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure, Family Law and General Civil Litigation.
Ms. Edwards is admitted to the Florida Bar and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is also a member of The Criminal Law and Animal Law Sections of the Florida Bar, Member of Business Networking International, Jacksonville Bar Association, St. Johns County Bar Association, and Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice before enrolling and graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law.
Ms. Edwards made the decision to pursue her law degree after being selected as a juror in a case involving a week-long trial. She loved every second of the experience and at 19 years old decided an attorney is what she wanted to be. Ms. Edwards began her career working as an attorney for Legal Aid, then moved to a position as an associate in private firm before co-founding Edwards & Edwards, PA.
She lives in Jacksonville with her two rescue dogs. Ms. Edwards has a passion for helping both animals and humans, alike. She volunteers with animal rescue programs as well as with St. Johns County and Jacksonville Legal Aid offices. Ms. Edwards enjoys Gator Football, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Meghan Edwards is a shareholder and one of the founding attorneys of Edwards & Edwards, PA. She practices in the areas of Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate Closings, and Quiet Titles. She has worked extensively in matters involving commercial and residential real estate closings, completion of quiet title actions after a foreclosure or tax deed sale, and commercial and residential distress for rent/eviction actions.
Mrs. Edwards is admitted to the Florida Bar and Middle District of Florida. She is also Vice-President of the Jacksonville Area Real Estate Council (JAREC), member of The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Vice-President of Business Networking International, Jacksonville Bar Association, St. Johns County Bar Association, and Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. She graduated from the University of Florida before enrolling and graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was a member of Moot Court.
She lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband and two dogs. An avid animal lover, Mrs. Edwards enjoys running, biking through Jacksonville Beach, and spending time with family and friends
She has been practicing law for more than ten (10) years and brings a wealth of real-world experience to provide you with quality legal services with a personal touch. Felecia is here for you whether you need assistance with your divorce, paternity, child support, alimony or child custody matters, or help with bankruptcy, foreclosure defense or stopping creditor harassment.
At an early age, Felecia was enthralled by the law after watching hundreds of Perry Mason and Matlock reruns. She knew then that she wanted to be an attorney, but coming from a working-class family had no idea no real understanding of how to accomplish her goals. She knew she wanted to work in the legal field and at the age of 19 obtained a position as the receptionist for a small law firm near her hometown, Lake Placid, Florida. She eventually worked her way up to Head Litigation Paralegal while obtaining her Bachelor Degree from Warner Southern University. Felecia likes to say she cut her legal teeth in a law firm and is thankful for the rare opportunity to learn the law from the ground up.
In 2002, Felecia made the decision to pursue her law degree and is a proud alumnus of Florida Coastal School of Law. She’s never regretted the decision to do so.
Felecia now resides in the beautiful City of St. Augustine, Florida with her three (3) children and spends as much time as possible in the mountains, on the water and traveling. Felecia is a classically trained pianist and loves live music and Broadway shows. Felecia also believes it is important to give something back to the community. She volunteers her time as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in need and volunteers her time at St. Johns Legal Aid and to women who are victims of domestic violence.
J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law
B.A., Organizational Management, Warner Southern University
COURTS & BAR ADMISSIONS
Member, The Florida Bar Association
Member, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ASSOC.
Member, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
Member, Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association
Member, Jacksonville Bar Association
Member, St. Johns County Bar Association
Member, Volusia County Bar Association
Member, Jacksonville Women Lawyer’s Association
Member, University of North Florida Dean’s Council
Volunteer, St. Johns County Guardian ad Litem Program
St. Johns County Legal Aid Pro Bono Award – 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
St. Johns County Legal Aid Pro Bono Honor Roll – 2009 to 2018
Fourth Circuit Pro Bono Committee Award – 2016
Ray Elizabeth Dezern has been practicing law in the Jacksonville area for the last seven years, with a majority of her practice involving probate, wills, estate planning, family law and guardianship. For her first several years out of law school, she was lucky enough to practice law with her father, Roy E. Dezern, a well-known attorney in the Jacksonville area for over 45 years.
Ray is admitted to the Florida Bar and in Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. Ray graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration prior to attending and graduating from law school at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Ray currently lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two children.
Melissa is our Family Law legal assistant. Melissa joins us with five years of experience in the legal field with three of those years in family law. Melissa is homegrown, born and raised right here on the First Coast. Melissa lives in Jacksonville with her husband and three children as well as her 2 dogs and 4 cats. She graduated from University Christian High School and attends Florida State College at Jacksonville where she resumes her studies towards her Paralegal Degree.
Melissa enjoys spending her spare time at the pool or beach with her family and quite nights at home with her pets.
Ciara is our Real Estate Legal Assistant handling real estate transactions and litigation. She is a graduate of St. Johns River State College and currently pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business at the University of North Florida. After graduation, Ciara plans to follow in her Mother’s footsteps and attend law school.
Ciara currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida with her family and Golden Retriever, Addie. She enjoys going to the gym, traveling, attending country music concerts, and walking her dog on the beach.
Chanda joined the firm in 2018 and quickly became an asset. She is a true southern belle that uses her love of organization, her considerable multitasking skills and customer service experience to provide invaluable assistance to the attorneys and clients. Chanda focuses primarily on landlord evictions, probate and estate planning matters.
Chanda was born and raised in Southern Mississippi. She moved to the Jacksonville area with her husband, her two beloved children and her Shih Tzu, Sophie. Chanda enjoys spending time with her family, southern cooking, reading, yoga, the art scene and is active at Chet’s Creek Church.
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