Staff

Our Staff

Kelly Snaric – Kelly has lived in the Vancouver area most of her life. She has been with Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS since 1998 and is one of four full-time personal injury legal assistants employed by the firm. Kelly is a graduate of the paralegal program at Clark College and has been working as a legal assistant since 1991. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Kelly enjoys exercising and movies.

Matthew Smith – Matthew is one of four personal injury legal assistants employed by the firm. Matthew joined Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS in 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and his Master of Arts in History from Portland State University. A particular academic and personal interest is genealogy which he pursues through his membership in the Oregon Historical Society. Matthew and his wife live in Northeast Portland and enjoy boating and hiking in the region.

Bryan Atchley – Bryan is one of four full-time personal injury paralegals employed by the firm. Prior to entering the legal field, he was employed as an iron worker. When an injury prevented his ability to continue working, he seized the opportunity to return to school and to pursue his interest in law. Bryan is a graduate of the paralegal program at Clark College and has been working as a paralegal since 2010. When away from the office, Bryan enjoys movies and supporting his children in their activities.

Katie Maldonado – Katie is one of our firm's paralegals. She grew up in North Hollywood, California, and moved to Washington with her family in 2005. She graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2012. She also graduated from the Legal/Medical Office Applications program at the Skills Center after completing two years of the program. She was an intern at the Clark County Corrections Department for a year and a half. She is currently attending Clark College pursing an Associates degree in Business Administration. She enjoys playing & coaching basketball and spending time with her family.

Paula Kleven – Paula has worked in the legal field since 1989. Paula has been with the firm since 1992 and has ably served as the firm's Office Administrator and all-purpose back-up. She recently became one of the first in the country to receive the title “Certified Needles Manager”, an honor given to only a handful of legal office managers. Paula was born in the Northwest and graduated from Battle Ground High school. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Linda Malattia – Linda is the firm's legal secretary and is responsible for getting the work done and out the door! Linda was born and raised in the Northwest. In her spare time, when she is not running to various activities with her four children and grandchildren, she and her husband enjoy bowling, hiking, and participating in several half-marathon fund-raising events a year. She also enjoys baking, reading, and loves the theater.

Janet Comer – Janet is the firm's receptionist and has been with Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS since September of 1999. She has worked in the legal field since 1998. Her prior work experience was in banking. Janet relocated to Vancouver in 1990. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, movies, and watching the Trailblazers.

Becky Fitzgerald – Becky does most of the firm's filing and keeps our records accurate. Fifteen years ago, she and her husband of 30 years moved to the Northwest from their home in Pennsylvania. Since then they have come to love it here. Becky spent most of the last twenty years homeschooling her four children, all of whom are now grown. She is also a grandma to three beautiful grandchildren. She volunteers with Share House and enjoys reading and listening to music.

Samantha Bulder - Samantha joined the firm in 2017 as the in-house Community Outreach Director. Samantha grew up in Vancouver, graduating from Hockinson High School in 2012. She then went to Bellingham to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Western Washington University (WWU.) She graduated from WWU in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Environmental Studies. When Samantha isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and fiance, playing board games, going on adventures, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

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