Meet Our Team


Alex Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Alex began his career in the litigation support industry in 1991. In 2003, his company Sherman, Alexander & Associates was acquired by First Legal, and he was appointed CEO in 2005. Under Alex’s leadership, First Legal has grown from a small, local attorney service company, to what it is today – the nation’s largest Litigation Support Service provider File Thru TrialTM. His focus on treating employees and clients as family has led not only to a unique, positive corporate culture but also to a company with strong customer service and industry relationships. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and currently lives in Corona with his six kids and their two dogs, Gia and Abby. He is a board member of the St. James Inn and enjoys golf and traveling.

Israel Denlow

Chief Finance Officer

Izzy joined First Legal as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. He oversees the accounting, financial planning and analysis at First Legal. In addition, he manages the IT Department. His attention to detail and consistent ability to stay ahead of the industry’s financial and technological trends ensures that First Legal remains a market leader. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife of 45 years and enjoys biking, golf, and spending time with his 2 grandkids.

Dave Tait

President

Dave began his career as an Attorney Services messenger in Southern California and joined first Legal in 1998. With over 30 years of industry experience, he acts as First Legal’s “Chief Architect,” designing, testing, and perfecting the company’s workflow. As president of the company, he enjoys tackling new challenges. He lives in Lake Arrowhead with his wife and their five kids. He is a member of the American Motorcycle Association and enjoys riding motorcycles and dirt racing.

Don Hoefnagel

Executive Vice President

Don has been with First Legal for 20 years and now serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development. His high level of client-vendor interface ensures that First Legal is up to date and responsive to all client needs. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Biola University and is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and Provisors LA3. He enjoys reading and playing tennis and lives in Lakewood, California with his wife, Maggie, and their Bichon Frees, Buddy, and two cats.

Gia Magliulo

Executive VP of Sales

Gia’s career spans over 25 years in the litigation support industry. As the Executive Vice President of Sales, she enjoys motivating her co-workers and clients to be the best they can be. She has been with First Legal for more than two years and holds a degree in International Business Management from the United States International University. She lives in Encinitas, California where she enjoys hiking with her Frenchie name Frankie and showing off her Tae Kwon Do skills.

Don Fritsch

President of Investigations

Don has over 33 years of experience in the investigation and litigation support profession. He is a licensed Private Investigator in California, Nevada, and Arizona and is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators and the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association. He resides with his wife of 19 years, Lynn, and their dog, Ozzie. He sits as director on various business and community boards and is an avid sailor and outdoorsman.

Graham Hicks

Director of Depositions

Graham is First Legal’s Director of Depositions and has been with the company for four years. After earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Wellness from Jacksonville State University, he moved to Los Angeles where he lives with wife. Before working for First Legal, he worked for Alexander Gallo Holdings, a nationwide court reporting, video services, and trial presentation firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. During his tenure, the firm experienced explosive growth from 40 employees located in a single office to over 3,000 employees throughout 60 locations. In his time off, he enjoys hiking and fishing.

Martin Kayando

Vice President of Sales, Records

Martin joined First Legal in 2000 and has worked for the company ever since. With degrees from the American School in London and Clark University, Martin became a founding member of First Reprographics in 2002 transitioning from the Court and Process division. Martin has managed and overseen all aspects of the records retrieval division from subpoena preparation to final record dissemination, and also provides an MCLE on the process. As Vice President of Sales, Martin’s role is to grow the division and raise it to new levels. Martin is originally from Uganda and enjoys playing Rugby.

Mehdi Ektefaie

Director of Digital Operations

Mehdi has been with First Legal for three years. He enjoys the ever-evolving nature of his work as the Director of Digital Operations and endeavors to be a valuable resource for the entire team. In his role, he oversees all reprographics, digital scanning of legal data, ESI services and other attorney/litigation support service lines. Mehdi holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Alliant International University in San Diego and enjoys teaching Calculus. He currently lives in Burbank with his wife, their two kids, and the family pet – a Yorkie named Mochee.

Jayson Giannone

So Cal Regional Manager

Having worked for First Legal for over 19 years, Jayson enjoys taking on new challenges and accomplishing enormous projects accurately and swiftly. He lives in Walnut, California with his wife, their two daughters, and the family’s very spoiled canines, Vader and Kona. In his time off, Jayson enjoys reading John Grisham novels, riding motorcycles, and playing ice hockey.

Larry Kirlin

Regional Manager

As the Regional Manager, Fresno, Larry enjoys helping clients and internal departments solve problems. He has been with First Legal for five years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Marketing from California State University, Fresno. He is the President of the California Association of Legal Support Professionals and lives in Fresno, California with his wife and six kids. He enjoys spy novels, classic rock, and auto sports.

Willy Rodas

VP of Sales

Willy started his career in litigation support in 1992 and joined First Legal in 2007. In 2015, he became the Senior Vice President of Sales. He is a certified photocopy services professional.

Danielle Burch

Human Resources Manager

As First Legal’s Human Resources Manager, Danielle handles all aspects of employee relations, benefits, and maintenance. Over the past six years, she has enjoyed getting to know everyone throughout the company, ensuring they are well-supported and thriving. She earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from California State University, Long Beach and now lives in the South Bay Area with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as a proud member of the BeyHive!

Taylor Drake

Director of Marketing

Taylor has been with First Legal for over five years. As the Director of Marketing, she enjoys creating strategic marketing campaigns that highlight the strengths and achievements of each division. After living in in four different states and three different countries, earning her MBA in International Management in London, she settled in Culver City where she lives with her two dogs, Dingo and Jeeves.

Miguel Meza

Senior IT Manager

As manager of IT services at First Legal, Miguel enjoys integrating evolving technologies into the company’s daily operations. With 17+ years of experience at First Legal, he has a deep understanding of how technological innovations can best enhance legal support services. The youngest of his four children is in college, and he lives in Burbank with his wife. In his spare time he enjoys deep sea fishing, billiards, and hanging out with his pet turtle, Donatello.

Joe Guarino

Senior IT Manager

Joe has been with First Legal for 10 years and enjoys adapting new technologies to improve the company’s workflow. He pursued a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Systems Security from the University of Phoenix. He lives in Henderson, Nevada with his wife, Mabel, their two daughters, and Buzz Lightyear, the family’s English Bulldog. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, PC gaming, golf, and ice hockey.


 

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