Amanda Ikerd Lynn has lived most of her life in Union County. While in high school and, she worked part-time with the firm and continued to help during her years at college. She attended Gardner-Webb University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration.
Amanda joined the firm full-time as the head paralegal and client liaison in 2010 and is now the Firm Manager. She is an integral part of the firm and is the point of contact for clients and court personnel who contact our office.
Client Relations Manager
Kristin Patera has lived in Union County for most of her life and currently calls it home. A graduate of Forest Hills High School, she continued her education in the customer service industry following graduation. She spent eight years in customer service at several local businesses before joining our firm, holding supervisory positions the majority of the time.
As our Client Relations Manager, Kristin uses her relational skills and calming voice to help our clients through their stressful situations. She recognizes that our clients need a person who can relate to them and provide personal guidance in their times of need.
Amanda earned her Associate Degree in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College before joining our firm as a paralegal. Applying the skills she learned in college, she assists our attorneys and works as a client liaison. Amanda’s goal is to get to know each client so that she can approach each case with personal, tailored care and understanding.
Amanda is a Charlotte native and has lived in Union County for the majority of her life. She likes to spend her spare time rock climbing with her husband.
Toni Riggins is our receptionist and the first friendly voice heard on the phone at Collins Family Law Group.
With over 20 years of experience, Toni has the unique ability to make anyone feel comfortable while going through what may be one of the most uncomfortable and difficult situations they will experience. She excels as a friendly, calming, and comforting point of contact for our firm.
Allison grew up in Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1993, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Psychology. Allison moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2004 where she began her career as a paralegal.
Allison’s 13 years of experience as a paralegal have provided her with exposure to many areas of law. She provides the firm with solid and reliable assistance and serves as a listening ear to clients. When she is away from the office, she enjoys being a devoted mother to her two
children and spoiling her rescued pets.
Melissa earned her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from King’s College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Strayer University.
Melissa began working in the legal field at the young age of 18 years old. She previously worked with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office as well as the Jury Management Office in downtown Charlotte.
She is very passionate about working closely with clients and assisting them through difficult times. She enjoys building a rapport with everyone she works with and ensuring that she is always a friendly person to encounter.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.