KRISTEN O’NEIL, Paralegal
Kristen O’Neil lives in Mount Pleasant and is from the Boston suburbs. She and her family moved to Mount Pleasant in 2004. Kristen has a diverse background which stems from her love and empathy for people of all ages and walks of life.
Prior to relocating to South Carolina she worked for a Home Health Care Agency in a small port town called Newburyport, Massachusetts where she cared for those in need of Hospice and other ailments for approximately 8 years. Her next adventure was working in Sales & Customer Service at Delta Airlines, Inc. at Boston’s Logan Airport. She resigned shortly after September 11, 2001 and was blessed to be able to stay at home and raise her daughter and take classes part-time.
Kristen graduated from Trident Technical College in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon attending a job fair she encountered a recruiting officer for the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center which paved the way for her position as a Detention Officer. Kristen loved working at the jail and assisting the detainees with their daily routines and needs and most of all, empathized when nobody else would listen, especially on holidays and their children’s birthdays, etc.
After almost 5 years with the Al Cannon Detention Center, Kristen was injured off the job and decided to go back to school to become a Paralegal. Kristen graduated from the Trident Technical College paralegal program in August 2017.
CURTIS BAYNES, Legal Assistant
Curtis Baynes lives in Daniel Island, and is from Galivants Ferry, South Carolina. After graduating high school, Curtis joined the United States Army where he served in the Military Police Corps. Curtis served in multiple duty stations as a Military Policeman and had various assignments. He attended the University of South Carolina while he was at Fort Jackson. His last assignment in the military was as an Active Guardsmen in the South Carolina Military Department where he was responsible for personnel services and operations for the state’s Military Police Battalion. During his time with the Military Department, Curtis also received extensive training on medical administration to include medical record and case management. Curtis has proudly served South Carolina as a Military Police officer during many state emergencies including our past floods and hurricanes. Curtis’ military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement medal (x2), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with “M” device, Army Overseas Training Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (x2), and the SC State Active Service Ribbon (x3).
Curtis is a graduate of the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and works as a NCAA and NFHS baseball umpire. He has had multiple post-season assignments and enjoys training younger umpires.
Curtis is currently enrolled in Trident Technical College in the paralegal program. He has enjoyed learning the civilian side of the legal process and enjoys helping clients in any way he can.
Curtis and his fiancé Alison enjoy spending time out on the water, attending Stingrays Hockey Games, and binging on Netflix.
DIANA UTRERA, Interpreter
Diana grew up in Mexico and United States as generations of her family worked the fields of California. During this time she would attend summer school in California and the rest of her school year in a rural village school in Jalisco, Mexico. Because of Diana’s she was able to learn, explore, and enjoy many places between these two wonderful countries. Since Diana was a young girl she has loved helping others, especially in the Hispanic community, because of the language barriers.
Diana moved with her family to South Carolina in November 2002. After having children Diana took a break from working several jobs to take care of her family. As a stay home mom, Diana would still run around helping family and friends with legal, health, and paper work matters. Diana then made the decision to go back to school and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Homeland Security at Trident Tech and will start working on her Paralegal Certification. Diana is the second member of her family to attend college. Diana has had many obstacles in her life but has remained positive and believes that but nothing is impossible to achieve if you really want it and are willing to work hard.
Diana began working for Briggs & Inglese in the Summer of 2016 and looks forward to using her bilingual skills to do what she enjoys the most, help others.