Attorneys and Staff


  • Donald L. Shriver – Partner
  • James C. Thompson – Partner
  • Donald P. Shriver – Associate
  • Joyce O’Neill Austin – Of Counsel
  • Steven Whitmore – Of Counsel


Gail Carter Miller -Senior Legal Assistant / Office Manager

Employed with the office since 1972 / Rock Valley College (A.A.S., honors, 1972) / Numerous additional courses attended including Rockford College (Dean’s List/Presidential Scholarship), University of Illinois Tax Schools 1995-present, IICLE Enforcement of Judgments, WCBA (real estate, probate, elder law), Winnebago County Association of Legal Secretaries (legal research, county government, real estate, income tax, litigation, worker’s compensation) / Familiar with general practice of law with emphasis in business entities, income tax, probate and estate planning and real estate / Active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, First Baptist Church of Machesney Park (serving in various positions, including Board of Trustees, Recording Clerk and Pastor Search Committee), North Central Baptist Association (Executive Board Member and Director Search Committee), Illinois Baptist Association, Illinois Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU President, 2010 – 2014), and WMU SBC (National-Vice President, 2010 – 2014) / Interests include family, especially grandchildren, event planning and reading.

Nancy Zwicky – Paralegal

Employed with the firm since October of 1996 / Education includes Rockford School of Business (A.A.S., Legal Secretary, 1957), Harper College and Rock Valley College (A.A.S. Legal Technology, 1995) / Member of Illinois Paralegal Association since 1995 / Familiar with many areas of law, including litigation, family law, worker’s compensation, collections and personal injury / Active member of various choirs, with interest in hiking, gardening and gourmet cooking.

Michelle Kayser – Paralegal

Employed with the firm since February 2006 / Education includes Rockford Business College (A.A.S. Paralegal Studies 2005, GPA of 4.0) / Member Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies and Illinois Paralegal Association / Biography published in the 29th Annual Edition of The National Dean’s List, 2005/2006 / Internship with the Illinois Assistant Attorney General Office / Interests include interior decorating, motorcycle riding, and shopping.

Linda Thomas – Bookkeeper

Employed with the firm for a return engagement after a 13 year absence in November, 2014, bringing over 30 years of acccounting and billing experience (over 20 in the legal field) / Education includes various coursework at Rock Valley College and other insitutions / Active member of First Baptist Church (Machesney Park), singing with the Worship Team and serving as church treasurer since 2009 / Interests include walking, reading and spending time with her family (husband, sons and their families)

Melani Rose – Reception

Employed with the firm since April 2006 / Previously employed in retail positions, bringing nearly 30 years of customer care experience to the firm / Rockford resident for 30 years, with strong ties and interests in church and family.

Deb Ollmann – Legal Assistant, Belvidere office

Employed with the firm since 2008/ Previously employed with Attorney Stanley A. Hetzler in Belvidere/ Boone County resident for decades with involvement in church and community activities there.