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About Me

I grew up in Panama City, Florida.
I graduated from the University of Missouri in 1988 with a degree in journalism and got
my law degree from the University
of Florida in 1991.
 I joined the Jacksonville Public Defender's Office in 1992, leaving to
open my own private practice in 1999.  In 2003, I returned to the Public
Defender's Office to work part-time so that I could spend more time at home
with our three young daughters.  In 2008, I joined Mike full-time in his
practice. (Mike and I became friends at the Public Defender's Office in 1992.)
 My husband Carey works a consultant, and we are co-owners of Hepler Bros.
LLC (a franchise of Fibrenew International), which is a mobile repair service
for leather, plastic and vinyl. 

In 2010, I was appointed
to the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in
Criminal Cases.  I'm also a member of the Jacksonville Women Lawyer's
Association and the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

Outside work, I'm a board
member of the San Marco Rotary Club. I enjoy reading for pleasure and running
for exercise. 


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Practice Areas


  1. Social Security: 80%
    7 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    24 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Sullivan & Hepler

1644 Blanding Blvd
Jacksonville, FL, 32210-1849


FLMember in Good Standing199109/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Special Achievement AwardPublic Defender's Office1996
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPublic Defender's Office2003 - 2008
Attorney/OwnerThe Hepler Law Firm1999 - 2003
AttorneyPublic Defender's Office1992 - 1999
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal CasesCommittee member2010 - Present
San Marco RotaryFoundation Chair2008 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MissourijournalismBachelor of Journalism1988
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AlawN/A