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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.

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.

Darin Marinov

Chief Financial Officer

Darin has held various senior and executive-level positions with public and private companies, prior to joining First Legal, and he brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of finance, with an extensive background in accounting, treasury, and financial reporting. Darin is a member of the Cedars-Siani Medical Center Board of Governors, as well as a Board member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center. He is also a member of the Navy League of the United States. Darin lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife and three children and in his free time enjoys photography and motorcycle racing.

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 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.

NIA C. TROUP

Executive Vice President | Strategy and Organizational Development

Nia C. Troup is the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development. Before joining First Legal in 2014, she owned her own attorney services company that serviced law offices throughout Southern California. As a strategist, Nia mentors, coaches, and collaborates to break complex initiatives into bite-size action items in the key result areas of financial resources, customer service, human resources, learning and development, marketing, operations, sales management, sales strategy, and culture and communications. Her formalized program that prioritizes goal-setting, metrics, and accountability to results has accelerated First Legal’s rapid growth over the last several years. Nia is passionate about helping others realize their full potential. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and enjoys yoga, writing, dance, and travel.

WILLY RODAS

Vice President 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.

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.

BILL BAIRD

President of Records Retrieval

Bill’s career spans over 30 years in the records retrieval industry. As the President of First Legal Records, he enjoys focusing on streamlining processes to perfect the user experience. Since joining First Legal in 2020, Bill has immersed himself in the First Legal culture and proved himself a wealth of knowledge of all things record retrieval. When he isn’t in the office, you can find him either fishing, golfing, or doing a bit of both when traveling and exploring different cultures. Bill resides in Corona, California with his wife of 25 years and their three children.

DANIELLE BURCH

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

As First Legal’s Director of Human Resources, 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 of Los Angeles 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!

JOE GUARINO

DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

Joe brings over a decade of hands-on experience in information systems, information technologies, and operations at First Legal. As Director of Information Technology, Mr. Guarino oversees the architecture and implementation of all operational and business support systems that the organization uses to operate and manage the business, as well as the design and development of unique applications that define First Legal as a leader in the litigation support industry. In addition to his information technology experience, Joe is also well versed in the industry and has held many titles operationally across multiple divisions. He pursued a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He lives in Henderson, Nevada with his wife, their three daughters, and dog.

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