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Daniel Medina, B.C.S.

Shareholder, Attorney

Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates

Master of Laws in Taxation

Certified Financial Planner

Accredited Estate Planner

I was born in Weehawken, New Jersey, the oldest of three children. My parents emigrated from Cuba. I graduated from Northeastern Bible College and attended the University of Florida College of Law where I earned my Juris Doctor with Honors.

After college, I went on to attend and graduate from the University of Florida Graduate School with a Masters of Law in Taxation. I also did my graduate study in Theology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary, and I am ordained as a minister. I am actively involved in various community organizations and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where I serve as an elder. I am a graduate of the Leadership Lakeland Class XXIX.

My wife, Dámaris, and I have been married for over 30 years, and our daughter and son-in-law are both artists who live in the New England area. I am an avid reader and enjoy cooking, entertaining friends, and traveling with my wife. In my spare time, I enjoy making wine and smoking cigars. I am a former marathon runner but in recent years I have replaced running with cycling. I fluently speak both Spanish and English.

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Rebecca Koehler, MBA

Firm Administrator

Descending from a line of entrepreneurs, my office experience started early assisting with the family business’s financial and administrative work. I continued to hone these skills through my formal education, earning my MBA following double-bachelor’s degrees in Management and Management Information Systems. Through my career, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with executives in bringing their visions to fruition. I find fulfillment in using my skills to help others reach their goals of productivity and efficiency. Like my colleagues at Medina Law Group, I strive for excellence. Outside the office, I continue to put my talents to use being involved with my church in various capacities. I also enjoy reading fictional novels – particularly with adventurous female heroines, spending time on the water with my husband while he fishes and I read, ballroom and ballet dancing, and traveling to explore the wonders of God’s creation.
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Dámaris Peña-Medina

Business Manager

I was born in Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba, and was raised in New Jersey, so my parents made sure I was fluent in both Spanish and English. I moved to Tampa, Florida, in the 1970s and have made Lakeland my home since 1996. I am a graduate of the University of South Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences. I have a degree in Social Science/Speech Language Pathology and worked in that field for several years. In 2001, I began working part-time at Medina Law Group, P.A., and I worked in many capacities until 2008 when I became the Business Manager. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, reading, painting, art, and foreign films. I love gardening and gluten-free baking. I am a baseball fan and a Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holder, but the New York Mets will always have a special place in my heart. My husband and I have been married over 30 years, and we still love getting lost while traveling and exploring new places. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you run into Sebastian, my Bichon Frise, in the lobby of Medina Law Group, P.A.

Celia Garcia

Legal Assistant

I was born in Guerrero, Mexico and moved to this wonderful country when I was eight years old. Growing up in the USA has taught me many valuable life lessons that I hope to carry on to my children. I have lived in Lakeland since 1999. I graduated from the University of South Florida in December 2008 with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. Go Bulls!!! I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. My expertise in customer service ranges from retail sales consultant to legal assistant. I find joy in helping people from diverse backgrounds. I recently married the love of my life and the father of our two beautiful children. I enjoy going on different adventures with my husband and kids, such as going to theme parks, taking walks, and attending family parties!

Whitney Beaty

Legal Assistant

Whitney joined Medina Law Group, P.A. as an experienced Guardianship and Probate legal assistant in May of 2019. With over 6 years of experience in the law field and 14 total years of clerical and secretarial experience, Whitney works directly with clients to assist with their probate and Guardianship needs. Whitney received her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Hillsborough Community College in 2011 and is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Whitney lives in Dover with her dog, Prince Charming. In her spare time, she enjoys running, painting and spending time with her family and friends.

Esmeralda Miranda

Administrative Assistant

Born in Florida, I have lived here my whole life. I’m currently attending Polk State College for Business Administration. Go Eagles! I enjoy working at Medina Law Group, P.A. and am glad to be part of this wonderful team. also enjoy helping others and providing excellent customer service. I love spending quality time with my family, friends and farm animals. I am fluent in both Spanish and English.