Arielle Larsen – Attorney
Larsen was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan. She attended Purdue University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Law & Society and English, and a minor in Psychology. During college, she worked as an office associate, traveling public relations representative and marketing coordinator.
Ms. Larsen’s passion for children and children’s rights’ led her to pursue her law degree and attend the Charleston School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2019. She spent a summer abroad in The Hague, Netherlands, studying international tribunals and domestic affairs. Her passion for advocacy earned national recognition as a top oral advocate and “Moot Court” champion.
Arielle presided over and participated in the Children’s Advocacy and Family Law Society of the Charleston School of Law, is a certified member of the Darkness to Light child abuse prevention program, and an alumna of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. She loves traveling and spending time with her pups out on the water.
Larsen is a licensed member of the South Carolina Bar and is eager to help you with your legal needs.
Jessica Franquiz – Office Manager & Paralegal
Jessica is originally from Miami, Florida, and moved to SC ten years ago to be closer to family. Jessica obtained her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from Greenville Tech in 2015, then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in 2017.
Jessica held the title of President of the South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association from 2017-2018. She is active with volunteering in her community and helping those in need.
Jessica happily serves as Lauren Taylor Law’s billing specialist, senior paralegal, and office manager.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, photography, and is dog mom to her two fur babies, Boomer and Bonnie.
Allison Fultz – Legal Assistant
Allison grew up in the small town of Steele, Missouri. She made her way to the East Coast to attend The College of Charleston where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After finishing her undergraduate degree in three short years, she entered into the expedited Spring Admit program at the Charleston School of Law in the Spring of 2019. There she participated in numerous organizations including the Women in Law Association, the Christian Legal Society and served as the student liaison for the Charleston County Bar Association Law Student Division. Allison also interned for South Carolina for Criminal Justice Reform where she spent countless hours researching police policies on use of force. Prior to joining the Lauren Taylor Law team, Allison served as a personal injury paralegal for 4 years. In her free time, Allison enjoys exercising, attending church with her family, and traveling. She previously traveled to Togo, Africa to teach English and computer classes during the Summer of 2017.
Andrea Lauren Odom – Paralegal for Lauren Taylor Law (Greenville)
Andrea was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She serves as our paralegal in the Greenville office and provides assistance to our lawyers and clients. She received her Associate’s in Paralegal Studies from Greenville Technical College with Honors and has several years of experience working in the legal field. Andrea enjoys creating art, reading, and spending time with her family. She is a new mother to a beautiful daughter.
Cristie Wisecarver – Legal Assistant
Cristie is a native of Tennessee but South Carolina is home! She resides here with her four wonderful children and her two mischievous pets. Cristie has an undergraduate degree in Human Services with a concentration in Criminology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Cristie is a certified yoga, spin, barre, kickboxing, weight training, and step instructor. She loves staying active and teaching group fitness classes. She also enjoys being involved with her community and advocating for children. Cristie volunteers at Hope Center for Children and The Carpenter’s Table. She is a certified Guardian Ad Litem, was a foster parent in 2015, and in 2016, had the privilege of officially adopting her beautiful one-year-old daughter from foster care.
Melissa L. Douthit – Associate Attorney
Melissa was raised in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and minors in psychology and theatre. Two and a half short years later, in December 2014, Melissa graduated cum laude. During college, she worked under the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, served as a freshman mentor, was involved in the Medaille Honor Society and Campus Ministry, and interned with the Honorable Robert M. Scheiber. Melissa’s passion for helping the Dear Neighbor, the mission of Avila University, led her to pursue her law degree and attend Washburn University School of Law. She obtained her Juris Doctor in May 2017.
During law school, she served as a January Section representative in the student bar association, worked as a reading clerk for the Kansas State Senate for the 2016 session, served as a study group leader, was a representative of the BARBRI Group, clerked with Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghardt, & Crow, LLC, and served as a legal intern in the Family Law Clinic. During her time as a legal intern, she and her co-counsel prepared and presented testimony before the Senate Committee of Judiciary relating to an amendment of the Protection from Abuse Act and Protection from Stalking Act, which was passed. Melissa comes to Lauren Taylor Law after working for over two years in an insurance defense firm, learning the intricacies of litigation and research. Melissa enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three dogs (Duke, Anora, and Leela).