Meet Our Team
Judi Cowart - Attorney
Judi Cowart was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1985 she graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Asian Studies (concentration in the Japanese language) and Classical Studies. She received her Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2003. The years between her undergraduate and law school studies were spent devoting herself to her family.
Ms. Cowart has helped provide security and peace of mind to hundreds of families and individuals by protecting assets from the high cost of long-term care in her planning practice: elder law, trust and estate planning and administration, and special needs planning. Ms. Cowart has also assisted countless families in fulfilling their adoption dreams in her adoption practice.
Ms. Cowart views her law practice as a ministry and seeks to serve her clients through the ethical practice of law, ministering to the poor, reconciling people in conflict, and defending life. She became an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom in 2009 to further this goal.
Catherine R. Espinosa - Of Counsel
Catherine is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1988 practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and guardianships where she has extensive experience and expertise. Her professional memberships include the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Elder Law Sections of The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association and the Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association. Throughout her career Catherine has been actively involved in mentoring and creating opportunities for people to identify, develop, and utilize their skills whether it be in continuing legal education programs, church ministries or community programs. Among her many accomplishments are the development of a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar in Ethics, titled My Faith in Practice, for attorneys in Miami-Dade County and completing the New York City Marathon in 2016. Catherine holds a Marriage Advocate Certificate conferred by St. Thomas University, Miami, FL and assisted individuals seeking annulments in the Archdiocese of Miami. Born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Puerto Rico, Catherine is fluent in English and Spanish. Her approachable and collaborative manner is appreciated by both clients and colleagues. “I have a passion for helping people and consider myself a servant leader.” Catherine and her husband, Chris Sailsbury, have two adult children and worship at St. Peter’s Mission Church. Power walking, reading, cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends are among her favorite pastimes.
Kristina Robinson - Paralegal
Although helping others is not Kris’ only passion, it certainly is the one that most drives her career. Kris sees her role as a paralegal the way Emerson described the purpose of life, “to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Kris truly enjoys helping clients feel relaxed and empowered that they are not alone traversing the often complex probate or guardianship process.
A former court reporter, Kris joined the firm in 2016, and brings 18 combined years of legal experience to Florida Planning Law.
She enjoys her role as a paralegal so much that she obtained a degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida State College at Jacksonville and is studying for the National Certified Paralegal Exam.
Kris’ is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association (NEFPA).
Susan K. Cregger - Legal Assistant
Susan Cregger is the firm’s legal assistant, with over 30 years of experience. After obtaining her associate degree in legal studies from Marshall University Ms. Cregger worked as a certified paralegal in the foreclosure litigation department of a large Jacksonville firm. Susan joined Florida Planning Law in 2018 and now plies her extensive legal skills in the firm’s areas of practice. Susan has lived in the Jacksonville Beach area for over 40 years and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cycling, and relaxing at the beach.
Maddi Mincey - Paralegal
Maddi was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado but spent her formative years growing up in Jacksonville. One of Maddi’s first jobs was at Short, Setzer and Cowart as an office assistant 10 years ago. After graduating from high school, she decided to join the United States Navy. During her time in the Armed Forces, she was stationed to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz and to the Region Legal Service Office Northwest in Bremerton, Washington. Serving under the trial department Maddi was a key member of the prosecution team and participated in many high-profile court martial cases. After serving her time in the trial department she was moved to the Legal Assistance department to lead the team where she found her passion for helping people. Maddi enjoyed hearing every service member story and thrived in a role that meant making sure everyone was taken care of. She earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her time there and in 2018 was honorably discharged from the armed forces. Upon discharge Maddi has taken some time off to pursue her education and has recently joined the Florida Planning Law Team. She is excited to bring her expertise and passion for helping others to the team. Maddi is currently living in Thousand Oaks, California and while she’s not working, she can be found at a coffee shop, hiking, or on a walk with her husband and her dog Teddy.