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Bradly A. Carlson

Brad is a skilled advocate with experience in both federal and state court.

He brings diverse experience, dedication, litigation capabilities, and legal knowledge to each case.  He is licensed to practice law in both Alaska and Washington.  Brad promises to provide cost-effective legal solutions to everyday people, personally serve the firm’s clients, and listen to each client’s needs to find the right solution. 

Brad was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he lived with his family until he graduated from St. Cloud State University.  Brad started his professional career as an armor officer in the United States Army in 2004. During his time as an active duty armor officer, Brad deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for twenty-four months over two tours.  After serving in Iraq the second time, Brad was given the opportunity to command a tank company at Ft. Hood, Texas.  Going to law school and becoming a lawyer had been a lifelong dream for Brad. After command, Brad left the active duty Army to attend law and business school at Texas Tech University.  

In 2013, Brad accepted a commission as an Air Force attorney and moved to Alaska to continue his military journey.

While serving as an Air Force attorney, Brad had the opportunity to gain invaluable litigation experience as a criminal prosecutor.  Brad continued to hone his litigation capabilities by attending courses such as Advance Trial Advocacy Training and Sex Crimes Investigator Training Program. In a very short period, Brad and his family fell in love with Alaska.  While living in Alaska, Brad realized that many Alaskans face tough legal challenges that can be solved with the help of an attorney. The problem is that many everyday people cannot afford the services of most attorneys, so Brad opened Carlson Law Group, LLC to help provide legal solutions to everyday people in a cost-effective manner. 

Brad has a proven record of obtaining successful results for his clients.

As a military prosecutor, Brad’s passion, experience, and training made him a relentless trial attorney while representing the United States, which resulted in securing convictions in over ninety percent of his criminal cases and more than fifty years of jail time for military members convicted of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Brad also worked tirelessly to help military members and dependents resolve a variety of complex legal issues, such as being subject to unfair trade practices, predatory lending, or fighting to uphold their rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  Since starting Carlson Law Group, LLC, Brad has a continued record of success by providing clients with legal solutions in the following areas: criminal appeals, criminal defense, debt collection defense, military divorce, estate planning, and child custody.  Moreover, Brad has provided local businesses with cost-effective risk management and litigation solutions.      

After completing his active duty military obligation in 2018, Brad returned to Alaska with his family and is now practicing law full-time throughout the state.

Brad remains active in the community by serving as a part-time military attorney in the reserve component and being actively involved in many community organizations. 

Brad has spent his entire adult life serving others, and now he wants to serve you.  Thank you for the opportunity to earn your trust and business.

Cynthia Franklin

Cindy is an experienced litigator who has completed over 200 jury trials.

She is a fierce advocate with finely honed courtroom skills and a diverse variety of legal experience. She is licensed to practice law in Alaska and Texas. Cindy pledges to enthusiastically and effectively represent the firm’s clients, to listen carefully to the history of their case, and to compassionately represent them both in and out of court. Cindy’s pet peeves are lawyers who won’t communicate promptly and lawyers who charge so much that hard working Alaskans cannot afford them. She has set out to do the opposite, communicating with clients in a timely manner at an affordable rate.

For 17 years, Cindy prosecuted felonies in Bell County and Bexar County, Texas

Straight out of Baylor Law School, Cindy began prosecuting in Bell County, Texas, where Ft. Hood is located. She quickly became a member of an elite team of felony prosecutors trying murders, aggravated robberies and sexual assaults, as well as a host of other serious crimes. Cindy developed a niche as a specialist in child homicide cases, which involved intense education in medical issues. When her family moved to San Antonio, Cindy became a felony prosecutor in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, where she continued to try serious crimes. In 1995 she successfully tried a death penalty murder. While there, she branched out to white collar felonies and tried several large, complex fraud cases. Years later, she rejoined the Bell County team where she continued to try and settle serious felonies.

In 2007, Cindy moved to Anchorage, Alaska

The move to Alaska was based on extensive research to answer the question “If we could live anywhere, where would it be.” Cindy came to Alaska because she wanted to live here. She joined the Anchorage Municipal Prosecutors Office in 2008 and was promoted to Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor where she led a team of fourteen prosecutors filing 10,000 cases a year. 

Cindy became interested in smart justice and policy issues and in 2014 accepted a position as Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. A few months into the job, the passage of Ballot Measure 2 put Cindy in charge of implementing commercial marijuana licensing in Alaska. She worked with the legislature to create the Marijuana Control Board and merged the staff into the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, or AMCO.

At AMCO, Cindy worked on all types of alcohol and marijuana licenses and transfers. She led a team in drafting nine articles of marijuana regulations that currently govern marijuana licensing. She accomplished that in the tight time frame prescribed by the people in the ballot measure. Cindy discovered that serving hard working Alaskans in getting businesses started or keeping them vital was as meaningful as criminal law. She gained experience in administrative law, which is a specialized area.

In 2017, Cindy joined the Alaska Attorney General’s Office as the consumer protection attorney. There, Cindy learned civil law, and participated in many complex civil litigation matters, including the state’s lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. These years further rounded out Cindy’s skill set.

Cindy stands ready to serve Alaskans and help resolve their legal problems.

Cindy is the chairperson of the board of Volunteers of America and for years volunteered for the Anchorage International Film Festival. She cares deeply about her community and the people of our great state. She will bring all of her years of preparation and training to your case to assist you in achieving the best possible result.

Jacqueline Ceparano

Jackie procured nearly 20 years of administrative experience prior to securing a position at Carlson Law Group, LLC.

A majority of Jackie’s career was spent in Connecticut where she worked in various positions assisting senior financial executives. Jackie supported managers who strategized in global relations, lending solutions, investments, and growth of subordinate financial advisors. After Jackie’s long tenure in Connecticut, she transferred to Alaska. While in Alaska, she provided her broad knowledge of the internal workings of organizations to law firms and professional business centers who serviced enterprises ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.

Jackie performs a wide range of administrative tasks providing attorneys with added time to prepare cases and focus on client needs. Her qualifications include legal research, notary work, document creation and preparation, international and domestic business, and proficiency in IT. Her experience and literacy utilizing IT has made her an asset when organizing personal and professional affairs. Jackie works remotely from her home in Alaska and enjoys being with family, reading, fine arts, and dancing to Cuban music.

Heather Hemenway

Heather Hemenway

Before joining Carlson Law Group, LLC, Heather spent several years as a paralegal specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Heather has sizable experience in assisting attorneys to aggressively obtain maximum results for their clients.

In the Spring of 2012, Heather received her A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Pima County Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She also became a voting member in the Tucson Paralegal Association.

For the past 20 years, her husband’s military career has transferred their family to several locations including overseas. In the summer of 2015, they transferred from Arizona to Alaska instantly falling in love with this great state.

Heather works remotely from her home in south central Alaska. Where, in her spare time, she enjoys playing in her garden and experimenting in landscape photography together with experiencing the remote Alaska trails all the while camping with her friends and family.

Nicole S. Igoa

Case Management

Nicole is a mental health therapist and a paralegal in the Air Force Reserve. Nicole served 9 years on Active Duty and has 5 years of Reserve experience.

She is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work program. While in graduate school, she interned as a therapist for USC’s Telehealth program while also serving on active duty orders in the Republic of Korea. She collaborated with an Air Force military attorney (prior Navy) and oversaw a Federal prosecuting program in Nevada. Nicole worked in knowledge operations, humanitarian aid, and in the military courtroom. She experienced a combat environment while serving in Afghanistan and Libya during the fight for basic human rights.

Nicole completed two A.A.S., a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University, a paralegal certification from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an M.S.W. with a focus in veteran affairs through the University of Southern California. Nicole’s concentration during this period encompassed inmate advocacy, pedophilia, human trafficking, and veteran affairs.

She specializes in ethical conflict, systemic advisement, social service referrals, mental health awareness, mitigation, sentencing advocacy, written/verbal testimony, and goal setting. She provides professional opinions regarding arbitration, advocacy, and mediation and performs research and analysis regarding Behavioral Science. Nicole collaborates with attorneys creating a multi-disciplinary team to increase the scope and depth of services ensuring the client’s economic, social, and personal issues are valued.

Natasha M. DeLeon

Case Management

Natasha is a trauma-informed life coach and Marine Corps’ veteran. She served 5 years on active duty and has 7 years of case management experience in the helping profession.

She is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Master of Social Work program. While in graduate school, she interned as a therapist for USC’s Telehealth program while also working for the Department of State as a Political and Economic Affairs Assistant at the United States Embassy in Lome, Togo (West Africa). During this time, Natasha collaborated with diplomats and foreign government officials to report on Togo’s Human Trafficking, Human Rights, Financial, and International Religious Freedom climates. She served in Operation Enduring Freedom from January to November 2014 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Natasha completed a BA in Psychology from American Military University and an MSW with a focus in adult mental health through the University of Southern California. Natasha’s concentration during this period encompassed neurobiology, mental disorder diagnosis and treatment, domestic and gender-based violence, access to resources in vulnerable populations, trauma-informed care, and the effects of trauma on physical, mental, and social health.

Natasha owns a life coaching business where she guides her clients through setting and maintaining goals regarding self-care, body image, communication in relationships, and overall positivity following exposure to interpersonal trauma. Prior to this, Natasha was a case manager for foster kids at various private and government agencies. Part of her experience in these roles included providing advocacy between parents, children, and attorneys, as well as presenting facts to the family court during hearings, and providing testimony referring to actions for parentage, child custody, visitation, child support, domestic violence, drug-related offenses, and family-related issues heard in family court.

Natasha specializes in child custody and foster care within the family court, witness testimonies, social service referrals, mental health awareness, trauma-informed communication, advocacy, human rights, drug and domestic violence related offenses, and goal setting. She provides professional opinions regarding advocacy, communication, and research and analysis regarding mental and behavioral health. Natasha collaborates with attorneys creating a multi-disciplinary team to increase the scope and depth of services ensuring the client’s economic, social, and personal issues are valued.

D. Patrick Phillip

Patrick brings a diverse background of legal experience to the firm.

During law school, Patrick worked for Hance Scarborough, LLP assisting with a variety of environmental and regulatory matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission—the agency responsible for regulating Texas’ Oil & Gas industry. Thereafter, he spent time within the TCEQ’s legal department conducting research and brief writing for permit applications and contested cases. Patrick also helped a West Texas law firm with a major wind energy property and title project. He is a strong legal writer and uses his diverse background and skills to provide outstanding legal representation to our clients.

Patrick graduated at the top of his class at Texas Tech University School of Law in 2019. While in law school, Patrick joined Carlson Law Group, LLC as a remote intern, conducting valuable legal research and brief writing. Upon graduation, Patrick earned his law license for the state of Alaska and is now an Associate Attorney for our firm. He handles a variety of matters for our clients ranging from divorce and custody proceedings to property and contractual disputes.

Prior to pursuing law school, Patrick played Division I soccer at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Economics. When he was not devoting his time to soccer or his studies, Patrick took up the art of brewing his own beer. He also spent two summers clerking for Hance Scarborough, LLP in Austin, Texas.

Patrick works remote from Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his wife Logan and two Labrador Retrievers, Sailor and Moose.

Michelle L. Rubalcava

Prior to working with the firm, she served on active duty as an Air Force paralegal for 12 honorable years.

While serving in the Air Force, Michelle assisted Air Force prosecutors on over 100 courts-martial and administrative discharged boards. After working with numerous prosecution teams, Michelle served as a defense paralegal for the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Area Defense Counsel where she assisted defense teams advocate for the rights of over 200 clients. In this role, Michelle gained significant experience in helping defend clients accused of drug and sex offenses. 

During her active duty career, Michelle was also the paralegal in charge of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska’s military claims tort division. In that role, she gained valuable litigation experience by handling both adverse and pro-government tort claims’ cases. Michelle left active duty to provide stability for her young family. 

Michelle utilizes her Air Force leadership experience to manage the firm’s day-to-day operations. Moreover, she assists Brad with each case to develop the investigation plan and overall case strategy. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from American Military University. She works remotely from her home in California where she resides with her husband and their two sons.

Rachel Ayers

Rachel is a retired Librarian with her Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and a Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Pittsburg State University from Pittsburg, Kansas.

Rachel has over 15 years of experience in customer service from her role as a librarian for the public. In her most recent role as a collection development librarian, she used her intuition and education to manage Loussac Library’s collection. Her specialty is connecting with people through literature.

At Carlson Law Group, Rachel is the first point of contact for prospective clients, opposing counsels, and other court personnel. She provides attorneys with detailed intake notes while performing a wide range of administrative tasks.

Rachel is also a published writer with stories and essays in various publications and webzines.

In her free time, Rachel hones her knitting skills and spends time with her friends and her three cats, Diamond, Pepper, and Eowyn.

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