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Autumn N. Hancock

Founder, Managing Attorney

Attorney Autumn Hancock focuses her practice on adoption, collaborative law, and family law. Attorney Hancock also handles certain probate and estate planning, real estate and foreclosure, and criminal law cases.

Ms. Hancock earned her B.A. in Sociology and Criminology from McDaniel College (formerly known as Western Maryland College) where she was honored in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, chosen to present her research on Sexual Assault at the Sociological Society Conference in Boston, inducted into Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honors Fraternity and served as Academic Committee Chair, Secretary, and Vice-President of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Ms. Hancock was also very active in many student organizations, including: Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority (formal chair), Catholic Campus Ministries (Vice- President), Sociology Club, Women’s Issues Group, and Warmth for Society (President and Founder). During this time, Autumn volunteered as a Rape Crisis Counselor on the Sexual Assault Information Team and worked as a legal intern in the Family Law Division of the Circuit Court of Carroll County, Maryland.

Autumn Hancock earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. During her tenure at Stetson, Ms. Hancock served as a legal intern at The Community Law Program in the Family Law Clinic and for the Guardian Ad Litem Program of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Autumn also spent a year as a CLI in the Juvenile Division of the Office of the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

At Stetson, Ms. Hancock was a Florida Bar Association Public Service Fellowship recipient for three semesters. She served a Guardian Ad Litem for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, a historian for the Family Law Society, a member of the Criminal Law Society, and was active in several other student organizations.

Ms. Hancock currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College where she teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Commercial Transactions, and Intro to Legal Studies to a diverse population of students with a variety of educational backgrounds and experience.

Prior to founding Hancock Law Firm, Ms. Hancock worked for a criminal defense firm where she handled a variety of legal issues and was also solely responsible for all Expungements and Record Sealing. She then worked in general practice where she represented a diverse group of clients in criminal, bankruptcy, family, and other civil litigation matters, Ms. Hancock personally represented all of the firm’s family law clients and handled a full family law caseload as well as assisted with other matters. She was consistently able to achieve favorable results for clients.

In 2011, Ms. Hancock began practicing real estate law. Autumn Hancock has worked for 2 large real estate firms handling primarily foreclosure and eviction cases. Most recently, Autumn Hancock was a Managing Litigation Attorney for a reputable real estate firm where she managed 11 attorneys and 6 paralegals throughout Central Florida and the Southwest Florida corridor. She managed all trials, depositions, and hearings in 17 counties. In this position, Attorney Hancock represented institutional and private lenders throughout the state of Florida. She managed a very high volume case portfolio. Autumn specialized in the areas of residential transactions, foreclosure, complex litigation, loss mitigation, real estate transactions, and eviction. She was consistently able to work to resolve highly litigated and contested issues through loss mitigation, mediation, motions practice, discovery practice and civil litigation. Ms. Hancock’s case portfolio consisted of the firm’s most heavily litigated cases and she attended hearings, foreclosure mediation, bankruptcy mediation, depositions, and trials daily.

Attorney Hancock remains very involved in the community as a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Pinellas), Behind the Boots, Next Generation Divorce, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Responder Life, Wills for Heroes, Ask-A- Lawyer Panel for Pinellas and Hillsborough, Lawyers for Young Adults Project, and the local YMCA.

Ms. Hancock has been the recognized for her work in the community and the legal field, with accolades including but not limited to: Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016, Community Law Program’s 2016 Inaugural Leadership Class, Lawyer Monthly Magazine’s Women in Law Award 2017, Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017, US Business News 2017 Legal Elite Award for Probate & Estate Planning in Pinellas County, The National Advocates Top 40 Under 40, Tampa Magazine’s 2017 Top 5 Attorneys: Family Law, Sixth Judicial Circuit 2017 Pro Bono Service Award, Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018, Lawyer Monthly Magazine’s Women in Law Award 2018, US Business News Legal Elite Awards 2018 Best Full-Service Firm in St. Petersburg, and Tampa Magazine’s 2018 Top 5 Attorneys: Family Law.

Ms. Hancock is uniquely qualified through broad experience to assist clients in many types of matters- be it an adoption, a divorce,  a traffic ticket, a landlord/tenant issue, or the drafting of your will.

As the wife of a Firefighter / Paramedic, Autumn Hancock also understands the unique legal issues that affect the personal and professional lives of our first responders and is especially dedicated to serving this community. Hancock Law Firm will always work hard to serve those who protect and serve our community.

Christie Renardo

Attorney

 

Attorney Christie Renardo focuses her practice on estate planning, family law, real estate and foreclosure.

Ms. Renardo earned her B.A. in Business Administration, with minors in History and Spanish, from the University of Florida. Ms. Renardo pursued her interest in learning Spanish by attending a summer exchange at the Universidad Internaciónal Menéndez-Pelayo in Santander, Spain.

Ms. Renardo earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in International Legal Practice. While at Nova, Ms. Renardo was an active member in the Public Interest Law Group as well as the International Law Society. Ms. Renardo served as an Intern for the Legal Aid of Broward County assisting with various immigration matters and applications for status under the Violence Against Women Act and U-Visa process. Additionally, Ms. Renardo was selected to participate in the Dual Degree program offered at Nova and spent nearly two years studying Spanish Law at the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. Ms. Renardo became a member of the Barcelona Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Spain.

Prior to joining Hancock Law, Ms. Renardo worked for a large creditors’ rights firm, representing lenders throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Renardo handled a high-volume case load and primarily focused on foreclosure prosecutions, complex litigation, eviction proceedings, loss mitigation and bankruptcy mediations. Ms. Renardo served as a Client Liaison and managed a team of 7 attorneys while being entrusted with managing multi-million dollar client specific portfolios. Most recently, Ms. Renardo was the Senior Litigation Attorney Manager for a team of 6 attorneys tasked with handling litigation matters throughout Southwest and Central Florida.

Additionally, Ms. Renardo served as a volunteer attorney at Gulfcoast Legal Services in Clearwater, Florida, assisting in a variety of matters such as land-lord tenant issues, consumer debt matters, foreclosure and public benefit assistance. As a bi-lingual attorney, Ms. Renardo was able to help a broad clientele who sought legal advice at Gulfcoast Legal Services.

Given her background and experience, Ms. Renardo is able to assist clients in a broad range of matters as well as serve the Spanish speaking community. Hablar Espanol.

Ms. Renardo is the proud wife of a U.S. Airman and understands the unique issues that impact the personal and professional lives of our military service members and their families. Ms. Renardo fully supports the Hancock Law Firm motto of working hard to serve those who protect and serve our community and country.

Rachel Bennett

Firm Administrator, Attorney

 

In addition to her role at Hancock Law Firm, Ms. Bennett is also a full-time professor at St. Petersburg College with a lot of experience working in law offices prior to, during, and after law school.  Having had just about every job in a law office, including lawyer, she has a unique appreciation for what it takes to get the job done correctly. This is the invaluable experience she brings to Hancock Law Firm.

Ms. Bennett has been a licensed attorney in the state of Florida since 2010. She received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2009, where she was on the honor role and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Ms. Bennett earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature in 2005 from the University of South Florida, where she belonged to Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity.
Attorney Bennett handles all of the firm’s Environmental Law and Compliance cases.

Whitney Householder

Legal Assistant

Whitney Householder is ecstatic to join the Hancock Law Firm team as the legal assistant. When you call or come by our office, Whitney will likely greet you.

Ms. Householder is eager to learn alongside of the Hancock Law Firm family and fits right in with everyone!  She moved from Missouri to Florida in January of 2017 and joined the firm in March 2018.

Whitney has administrative experience dating back to her teen years when she learned how to run a family business. Before becoming a Legal Assistant, Ms. Householder spent most of her time around marine animals working for Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  This remains one of her hobbies, along with painting and other forms of art.

Zeus

Office Manager

Zeus, our pure bred yellow Labrador Retriever, is our Office Manager! He greets each of our clients as best friends! Even past retirement age, he is happy to go to work each day and his tail is always wagging.