Pipas Law Staff

We’d be lying if we said we could do it all without our amazing team. To put a face to a name that you may speak to, learn more about our all-star Pipas Law team below.

Pipas Law Group's Paralegal Lauren Zahorniak

Lauren Zahorniak


Lauren Zahorniak attended Florida Gulf Coast University and received her degree in Paralegal Studies in 2010. In 2009 she began work in a family law firm before transiting to personal injury in 2011 in the Tampa Bay area. Outside of work Lauren enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs.

Ernie Zimmerman


Earnie Zimmerman began his journey at Pipas Law as a rising star intern and extern while completing his AS degree in Paralegal Studies from Saint Petersburg College and simultaneously working for the Dept. of Homeland Security – Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before completing his Paralegal Studies degree, Ernie earned a B.A.S in Public Safety Administration. 

Ernie loves spending time with his wife, two children, and newest adopted addition (puppy) Milo!

Kandice Hyatt


Kandice Hyatt was born and raised in Pinellas County FL. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from St. Petersburg College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Kandice is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Kandice loves spending time with her family and traveling. 

Christina Johnson


Christina Johnson is a Florida Native, born and raised in Pinellas County. She has over 3 ½ years of experience as a legal assistant in personal injury, as well as experience as a Chiropractic Assistant with an emphasis in personal injury. Christina is also a classically trained Opera Singer and a Plus Size Model for Curv Exchange. When Christina isn’t working she enjoys drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family and friends and living a life full of adventure!

Katiria Martinez


Katiria Martinez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida, making her fully bilingual. In 2010, she completed a Medical Biller and Coder Certification, which has aided her knowledge and experience in the medical field. Katiria has valuable experience in customer service as well as the medical and legal fields. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time with family.

Leyshla Ruiz


Leyshla Ruiz was born and raised in Florida, she owns a mechanic business and is a certified notary. She also has extensive experience in customer service, medical and accounts receivable. Leyshla’s previous work experience combined with her passion for helping others is why she chose a career path in the personal injury field.  Leyshla is fully bilingual, a mother of 3 and happily married.

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