Christina Bruner Sonsire
Christina joined the Ziff Law Firm in March 2008. Specializing in the areas Medical Malpractice and catastrophic Personal Injury, Christina loves being in the courtroom and is eager to continue developing her trial advocacy skills.
Christina graduated from Georgetown University in 1998, earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics and International Relations and studying International Economics abroad at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Christina played on the Georgetown Women’s Soccer Team where she served as the team’s captain during her junior and senior years. A prolific scorer, Christina held Georgetown’s records for the most career goals and assists from 1998 through 2010.
Injury and Malpractice Paralegal for Jim Reed
Karen Wheadon has been a Paralegal with the firm since 2001 and works closely with Jim Reed who handles NY and PA injury and malpractice cases. Jim says: “Karen is absolutely awesome and she does a great job helping our clients.” Karen truly enjoys her work. “I love how each case is so different from the next – it never gets boring,” Karen says.
Born and raised in Horseheads, Karen graduated from Notre Dame High School and earned an associate’s degree in Paralegal Sciences from Corning Community College.
She now lives in Pine City with her family. She and her husband Jeremy, who works at Hilliard Corp, were married in 2001. Karen has two children, Emily and Elise and two stepchildren, Justin and Erica.
Injury and Malpractice Paralegal for Adam Gee
Following a successful career in the Coast Guard, Chelsea Speer worked many years as a personal injury paralegal. Chelsea acts as paralegal to attorney Mike Brown. Gee who handles NY and PA personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Mike had this to say about Chelsea joining our team: “We were so lucky to find Chelsea. Her experience working for top notch injury firms in Louisiana will allow her to step in and immediately contribute to our success. Chelsea has a cheerful demeanor and a quick smile, but don’t let the smiling face fool you – underneath she is hard charging, tough as nails, hyper organized former member of the Coast Guard who uses the lessons learned there to move cases forward. We are so happy to welcome Chelsea to the Ziff Law family. I know my clients are going to love her!”
Injury and Malpractice Paralegal to Christina Sonsire and Bookkeeper
Terri wears two very important hats: she is both Paralegal to Christina Bruner Sonsire and she is our bookkeeper. Christina says about Terri: “I am so fortunate to have such a hard-working, conscientious paralegal who cares so deeply about doing a great job for our clients”.
Terri has been with Ziff Law since 2006.
Born and raised in Elmira, Terri currently lives only about a mile from where she grew up. She graduated from Southside High School and earned an Associate’s degree from Corning Community College.
Outside of work Terri enjoys spending time with her family and friends and getting in some shopping.
Sara Denierio enjoys meeting new people every day, which is a good thing given her position as receptionist at the Ziff Law Firm! Sara greets Attorneys, Stenographers, Judges, clients and more – a constant flow of new faces daily.
Sara has been with Ziff Law Firm since 2007. She answers calls from the switchboard, distributes the firm’s mail and handles a variety of important clerical duties, including maintaining our client database.
An Elmira native, Sara graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 2002. Sara has two beautiful little girls, Leigha & Sophie. Sara has strong roots in Elmira- her parents, Jeff and Deanna Denierio, own and operate Denierio’s Auto Detailing in Elmira. Sara has two younger brothers, Jeffrey and Vinnie.
Outside of work Sara enjoys spending lots of time with her family and friends. In her spare time she likes to decorate. Interior design has always been a huge interest of mine.
Sara also says how much she enjoys cleaning and accessorizing her vehicles. “Being a daddy’s girl this is something I have learned from him and we enjoy doing together,” she says.