Sheawn Brown is a Special Projects Consultant for Zinzow Law. Sheawn grew up in the remote country side of Alaska; an area very few will ever venture to, and in a place that is beautiful yet formidable and where nature often dominates man. Growing up in Alaska instilled in Sheawn a strong sense of individuality, coupled with an ability to think creatively and find unconventional solutions to opportunities. Alaska also instilled in Sheawn a great appreciation for nature and conservation. All of these values he applies not only in business, but as cornerstone of how Sheawn and his wife raised their three children.
Maria Taylor is the Controller for Zinzow Law. Maria grew up in the heart of Miami to Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrant parents. Her family background provided Maria with a unique perspective on the world, she had the opportunity to see first-hand that hard work, strong family values, and a positive attitude, can help one achieve their American dream. Continuing the dream her parents had when arriving in the United States, Maria decided to pursue a career in the business sector. Over the past 30 plus years Maria has worked in or owned various businesses, which has afforded her an unparalleled breadth of experience. Some of the experiences she brings to Zinzow Law include law firm management, accounting, human resources, banking, and technology management. Maria’s background and personality provide her with a unique and cohesive set of skills, a big heart, and bit of Latin flavor, all of which she brings to the Zinzow Law Team.
Tara L. Zinzow serves as Zinzow Law’s Chief Financial Officer. Tara is one part executive, one part entrepreneur, two parts student of life, one part perspicacious, and three parts traditional country girl. Well there is one thing that’s for sure: Tara has never been accused of being ordinary. She has a unique mind that thinks and sees the world as she likes to put it, “so far outside the quadrilateral parallelogram that she can barely see its shadow.” Tara has held professional roles in areas such an Executive Administrator, Education Director, Grant Writer, Business Owner, Project Manager, Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Conflict Mediator and Paralegal. Combining her unique outlook on life, with her diverse professional background, Tara creates uncommon solutions in her role as CFO. Tara was raised in the countryside of upstate New York with strong traditional values that focus on the importance of family, God and country. Her father, a military veteran, imparted Patriotism; her mother, the importance of family. She grew up surrounded by agriculture, where growing and preserving the food you consumed was a normal way of life. She has an appreciation for the simpler things and follows a strong set of values and beliefs. Her business acumen and multitude of experience makes her the perfect signal caller for our growth and advancement.
Christina Lacerda is the Chief Administrative Officer at Zinzow Law. Christina has over twenty years of leadership and management experience. Born and raised in the heart of Alabama, she brings her sweet southern disposition to everything she does. Before joining Zinzow Law, Christina honed her skills as the Director of Operations & Personnel for a 70-year-old Tampa Bay Law Firm. Over prior decades, she led and managed teams in both the financial and retail sectors while growing profits, building teams, mitigating risk, and building internal and external brand loyalty. Never one to be complacent with gained knowledge, Christina returned to school where she earned her Business Administration degree with high honors. This drive for excellence had permeated her entire life, even as a young adult, when she participated in the U.S. Military’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Christina has always felt a calling to serve a greater purpose in life and positively impact the lives of people and the world around them. She is doing just that in her role at Zinzow Law, where she helps lead a team that is building, navigating, protecting, and defending the American Dream for our Construction and Business clientele.
When Christina is not serving the organizations she leads, you will find her at a concert, riding her motorcycle, or rescuing animals (ask her about her bearded dragons).
Julie Colon is a paralegal at Zinzow Law. Julie’s roots go back to Michigan, where she was born and raised. During Julie’s childhood, her Father, a businessman, was called to teach the word of God as a traveling minister; as a result, Julie spent many years traveling towns throughout the heartland of America. Upon her Father’s retirement from the ministry, her family relocated to Florida, where Julie graduated High School and attended college.
Julie sacrificed many years of her life as a dedicated military spouse; as a result, she continued the trend of traveling that started in her youth; she moved throughout our great country and lived in and around military bases in the Eastern United States. After spending five years in Northern Virginia, where she worked as a paralegal, Julie relocated to Tampa Bay, where she previously resided as a young adult—Julie’s time traveling gifted her with the art of communication and the empathy to understand people deeply and meaningfully. Julie carries her foundation and life experiences in her role at Zinzow Law. She takes great pride and joy in helping clients dealing with complex legal situations develop a better comprehension of the law, and she does this with great understanding and benevolence.
If you ask Julie what her most prized possession is, she will not tell you an object. Instead, she will not hesitate to tell you about her two beautiful sons, sons she is raising with a solid foundation of morals, work ethic, and unwavering motherly love.
Jonathan Weese is a paralegal for Zinzow Law. Jonathan was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. When he was nine, he moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he spent his formative years. Jonathan has always loved being active and playing sports. While in high school and college, he participated in cross country and track and field. Today, he enjoys running half-marathons, hiking, and playing soccer and tennis. Being an athlete has taught Jonathan the vital qualities of teamwork, drive, vision, and passion that life demands. He received a liberal arts education at Washington and Jefferson College, giving him a well-rounded knowledge base and a love for literature, culture, history, and the sciences. Deciding to major in Political Science, Jonathan was stirred by his collegiate studies to pursue the legal field to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The excitement in studying Constitutional law and sharing it with others inspires Jonathan in his role at Zinzow Law today.
Kimberly Ross is the Senior Paralegal for Zinzow Law. Kim was born to German and Irish American Parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lived in Colorado and Maryland before her family settled in Northwest Tampa Bay where she currently lives with her immediate family and is surrounded by many members of her extended family. Her most treasured times in life are the times spent on the family farm in Pennsylvania. It’s here that she enjoys a bit of the simpler life, and where she was taught what it really means to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. It is on the family farm that Kim learned the value of hard work, family and loyalty. It was also on the farm that she gained a special appreciation for the American Farmer, and the Patriots who came before her to build our great nation. Her diverse background and values are at the heart of all she does, whether it is competing in partial marathons, volunteering to help our veterans and active duty soldiers, working on the farm, or working at Zinzow Law, Kim tackles every undertaking with enthusiasm, fortitude and compassion.
Quinn Peter LaHiff is a Florida native raised in a working-class family in the gulf coast city of Tarpon Springs. A graduate of the nationally acclaimed Tarpon Springs High School Leadership and Music Conservatory, Quinn was recruited to the University of Central Florida as a full scholarship musician, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies. The first attorney in his family, Quinn attended Florida’s premier courtroom advocacy training institution, Stetson University College of Law, and served as Deputy Chief of the Stetson Ambassador and Mentorship Program. Upon graduation, Quinn began his practice as a litigation attorney, appearing in both State and Federal Court where he represented individuals, small business owners, and large corporations in a broad range of cases. He then transitioned to roles in private capital and investment advisory firms serving as in-house counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, advising ultra-high net worth family offices and entrepreneurs. Presently, Quinn focuses his practice on construction law, real estate, and transactional matters, as a proud member of the Zinzow Law Team. An avid outdoorsman, mariner, and conservationist, Quinn has spent a lifetime connected to the wild parts of Florida. He spends his free time on the water with his wife and two young sons, fishing the reefs and barrier islands of the Suncoast, and when time permits, he can be found in the swamps, marshes, prairies, and forests, teaching his sons about the natural beauty his home state has to offer.
Theodore “Teddy” Bilirakis
Teddy was born into a Family whose last name carries the weight of true American Patriots, those serving and fighting for God, Country, and the American Dream. Teddy is a third-generation Pasco County Counselor of Law whose passions are not unlike those of his prestigious father and grandfather. Like his elders, Teddy’s deep love for his country and all those who work hard to protect and build it are second only to his Faith. He is proud of his Greek heritage and, like any good Greek man, will tell you everything comes from the Greeks. All kidding aside, the word “Democracy” stems from the Greek words “demos,” meaning “of the people,” and “kratos,” meaning “power” and “strength.” Teddy believes deeply in Democracy and puts kratos into his role as Counselor of Law. While he is proud of his Greek heritage, he is even prouder of his American Heritage. Teddy’s emphasis is on helping those in the Construction industry build, navigate, protect, and defend their American Dream. Teddy graduated number one in his Palm Harbor University High School class and earned his bachelor’s and law degrees at the University of Florida. When not working, you can find Teddy on the Golf course or watching America’s pastime and his favorite team, the Tampa Bay Rays play baseball.