Our Staff

Our experienced staff is dedicated to serving the needs of our clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and other legal matters. Below are the profiles of our staff members.

Christa R. Rudloff

Christa Frantz copyChrista Rudloff is an experienced Paralegal, having joined the Waverly, New York office of our firm in 1998 as a legal secretary. She has an Associate Degree in Specialized Business from Central Penn Business School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and has worked as a Paralegal for approximately 8 years (and in the legal field for over 12 years). While she has experience in Family, Criminal, and Estate Law, most of her current work involves assisting the firm’s attorneys in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Nursing Home Negligence matters in both New York and Pennsylvania.

She is a paralegal affiliate of the American Association for Justice and the Nursing Home Litigation Group. Her knowledge, experience, motivation and devotion to her work makes her invaluable to our team. She has extensive experience in the analysis of violations of Federal and State nursing home rules and regulations, and has outlined the Nursing Home Surveyor Manual to aid in finding facility violations. Christa has used medical database research for years, and has developed a specialized skill-set to help prepare complex medical and nursing home cases for trial.

Ramona Cunningham

Ramona Cunningham copyRamona Cunningham joined our firm in 1999 as a Paralegal and Manager of our Ithaca office. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego, in Political Science, and a Paralegal Certificate with honors from Johnson County Community College.

Ramona has worked as a paralegal for approximately 13 years and has worked in the legal field for over 27 years (formerly in California, Kansas, and Missouri). She has extensive experience in Family Law and Negligence matters in New York.

She is a paralegal affiliate of the American Association for Justice and the Nursing Home Litigation Group. Ramona is active in the community, and has served as a literacy volunteer and a volunteer at Watkins Glen International, and as past-President of the former Professional Legal Associates Network of Tompkins County. Her hobbies include reading and playing the harp and piano.

Michael F. Simpson

Michael SimpsonMichael is the most recent addition to the Ithaca, New York office.  He was hired as an Office Assistant in November 2016.  Michael studied Travel and Tourism with a minor in Geography at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York, as well as a semester at Alfred State College in Alfred New York, studying Psychology.  Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, communications, and customer relations, including management and supervisory positions.  Michael is very family oriented, spending most of his free time at home with his partner, Tyler, and their fur “kid” Sevie.

Mariah Mottley

Mariah Mottley - Friedlander LawMariah Mottley joined the firm in August 2019. She comes to us from Cornell, where she honed her skill at distilling medical and clinical terms into straightforward language. Mariah also has frontline experience in long-term care. She began her education at Smith College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana, where she minored in Wilderness Studies and worked as a certified nursing assistant. Back on the east coast, Mariah earned her EMT certification from Ulster Community College while studying biology, chemistry, and anatomy. She has worked as a writer, editor, legal assistant, bookkeeper, and medical assistant. Mariah moved to the Ithaca area fourteen years ago to raise her family amongst the farm animals and fresh grapes. She spends her free time exhorting her children to clean the house.

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