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, 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 currently serves as the Chair for the St. Petersburg Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section.

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 and Women in Law Award 2018, 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, Tampa Magazine’s 2018 Top 5 Attorneys: Family Law, Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019, Lawyers with Distinction Award 2019, Women in Law Award 2019, and Super Lawyers Rising Star 2020.

Ms. Hancock has been published in the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Journal Fall/Winter 2018, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Journal Spring/Summer 2019, The Paraclete – The Ethics and Professionalism Issue September/October 2019, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Journal Fall/Winter 2019, and is a contributing author for SharpHeels.

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.

Teresa Hair


Attorney Teresa Hair practices primarily Bankruptcy and Family Law.

Ms. Hair was admitted to practice law by The Florida Bar in 2007 and is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Teresa received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Florida in 2004 where she concentrated her studies in political science and criminology (Go Gators!). Ms. Hair obtained her Juris Doctor with great distinction from Capital University Law School in 2007.

Upon graduation from Law School, Ms. Hair began her career with The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel. She spent her time representing and defending parents and their parental rights in Florida’s Unified Family Court. During this time, Teresa built her practice in the Juvenile Dependency Court representing parents of at-risk children who were at risk of losing custody of their children.

After her time with The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Teresa joined a real estate litigation firm where she began practicing Bankruptcy. For over 10 years, Teresa has represented secured and unsecured creditors in all types of bankruptcy matters (from basic Chapter 7 cases to complex Chapter 11 cases and in between). Ms. Hair has been a speaker and a frequent panelist at industry events throughout the United States speaking on creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. Teresa was instrumental in the creation of Florida’s state-wide Mortgage Modification Mediation Program as well. When debtors file bankruptcy, this program now allows them to make reduced mortgage payments while negotiating a loan modification or other loss mitigation option.

Ms. Hair loves living in St. Petersburg and is an active member of the local community. She is a Guardian ad Litem for the Sixth Judicial Circuit where she represents the best interests of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Additonally, Teresa has been a member of the GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club since 2014 and has held numerous executive board positions within the orgalization. The GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club is a volunteer organization which seeks to make an impact in the local community. Teresa is very committed to making the St. Petersburg community a better place and spends countless hours dedicated to this mission.

Attorney Hair is also a member of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Teresa has had her legal writing published in the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association’s quarterly publication and is the co-author of a book titled The Florida Practitioner’s Guide: Mortgage Foreclosures and Alternatives (8th Edition).

Teresa lives in St. Petersburg with her Chihuahua named Julius Caesar, and offers a foster home to beagles through the Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue.

Doug Jackson

Attorney (Of Counsel)

Attorney Doug Jackson focuses his practice on Veterans Disability and Social Security Disability.

Mr. Jackson earned his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Colorado State University where he was the Chariperson of the Student Legal Services Advisory Board and Financial Officer of the Colorado State University Elections Committee.

Mr. Jackson earned his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, Mr. Jackson was a research assistant for Professor Carol Henderson and a Certified Legal Intern for the Public Defender’s Office where he successfully defended a client during jury trial.

Prior to joining Hancock Law, Doug practiced as an attorney at Bosley & Bratch, a nationwide firm known for representing disabled veterans. Before Bosley & Bratch, Doug worked for a large nationwide Social Security Disability firm. Doug is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Doug also co-owns a business called Your Pet at Home and is President of a not-for-profit Corporation. Though now a longtime resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, Doug grew up in Colorado. To this day, he remains an avid Denver Broncos fan. Doug is pet lover, beer aficionado, music enthusiast, mediocre chef, and (most of all) always strives to be an excellent lawyer for his clients. Mr. Jackson 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 .


In Memoriam

Office Manager

Zeus, our pure bred yellow Labrador Retriever, and our Office Manager, passed away on March 6, 2020. While he was with us, Zeus greeted each of our clients as best friends. Even past retirement age, he was happy to go to work each day and his tail was always wagging.