Professional Staff

Kay M. Smith, Office Manager and Litigation assistant at the law firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C.

Kay M. Smith, Office Manager and Litigation Assistant

No professional team would be complete without a veteran to lead it.  As Office Manager of Mertes & Mertes, P.C. and a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Illinois University, Kay Smith brings her 38 years of experience as a professional legal assistant to bear upon the job.  Ms. Smith is the leader and supervisor of all litigation staff.  Her practice concentration is in the fields of personal injury and medical negligence.  Ms. Smith may be contacted by e-mail at kay@mertesandmertes.com


Leanne K. Marinangeli, Client Accounts Coordinator at the law firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C.

Leanne K. Marinangeli, Client Accounts Manager

With a B.A. in Psychology and over 20 years of experience in the legal field, Leanne possesses a unique ability to help clients who are suffering from the stress of injury, divorce or litigation.  “My college education in the field of psychology has enhanced my ability to understand the stresses that many of our clients are going through,” Marinangeli said.  Ms. Marinangeli is in charge of management and oversight of all client and financial accounts of the law firm.  Ms. Marinangeli may be contacted by e-mail at leanne@mertesandmertes.com 


Sheila Dublo, Legal Assistant at the law firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C.

Sheila Dublo, Legal Assistant

Sheila Dublo has over 15 years of experience as a legal and trial assistant.  Another veteran of litigation assistance and support, Ms. Dublo concentration is in the area of Criminal and Real Estate.  Ms. Dublo may be contacted by e-mail at sheila@mertesandmertes.com.   


Alison Winters, Receptionist and Scheduling Coordinator at the law firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C.

Alison Winters, Reception/Scheduling

Alison Winters has more than 8 years of experience as a litigation assistant.  She is in charge of attorney scheduling, assists with criminal matters and all litigation areas as handled by the law firm.  Ms. Winters may be contacted by e-mail at alison@mertesandmertes.com.   


Tiffany Willis

Tiffany P. Willis, Legal Assistant

Tiffany P. Willis joined the Law Firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C. in April 2019, with a concentration in the field of domestic law. Ms. Willis may be contacted by e-mail at tiffany@mertesandmertes.com.

 


Alexis Dublo

Alexis Dublo, File Management/Legal Assistant

Alexis Dublo is currently enrolled at Illinois State University majoring in Elementary Education.  She is responsible for file management, scheduling and litigation support in all areas of law handled by the law firm.


Hannah Rillie

Hannah M. Rillie, Legal Assistant

Ms. Rillie joined the law firm in October of 2021. She graduated from Monmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and thereafter attained her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee in Art History. She assists in the field of personal injury and worker’s compensation. Ms. Rillie may be contacted by email at hannah@mertesandmertes.com.   


Angie McDonald

Angie K. McDonald, Legal Assistant

Ms. McDonald joined the law firm in April of 2022. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  She brings with her several years of legal experience. Her concentration is in the field of domestic law. Ms. McDonald may be contacted by email at angie@mertesandmertes.com.


Ronald L. Snitchler, Office Courier and Process Server

Ronald Snitchler is a veteran law firm assistant, with nearly 30 years of experience in law firm assistance.  Mr. Snitchler is the office courier and process server. 


Arleen Alvarado, Document Imaging and File Management

Arleen Alvarado, a long-time deputy clerk of the Whiteside County Circuit Clerk's Office, is a document imaging and file management assistant of the law firm.  Ms. Alvarado is responsible for assisting with file and document management and imaging.