Meet Our Team

Emily R. Taylor

Attorney & Owner

About Emily

Emily posing in front of a tree with her family

Emily R. Taylor

Emily R. Taylor, a proud alumna of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, has been a licensed attorney in Arizona since 2007. Her practice specializes in comprehensive estate planning and special needs planning, offering legal guidance with a personal touch.

Raised in the historic small town of Galena, IL, Emily's journey has always been about empowering families through thoughtful legal planning. Our firm is committed to ensuring families in Arizona receive the best in estate and special needs planning services.

Emily loves...

  • Her rescue dog, Athena
  • To travel!
  • Learning to golf
  • Cooking

Emily is involved with....

Jessica S. McElderry

Certified Paralegal and Estate Planning Coordinator

About Jessica

Jessica holding her young daughter standing next to her husband

Jessica S. McElderry

Jessica has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2014. From starting as the receptionist to now a Certified Paralegal and Estate Planning Coordinator, Jessica has seen and done it all! Jessica graduated from the Paralegal Studies program at Phoenix College. Jessica is certified through NALA, the nationwide paralegal association.

What are some causes you care about?

Education, mental health, and women empowerment.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

My rapping skills. 😉

What inspires you most about your job?

Having the opportunity to provide planning and peace of mind to our community. Working with an amazing group of women is a sure bonus!

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

My favorite way to spend a day out of the office is doing something active (hiking, picnics at the park, pool day, and more!) with my husband, daughter, and dog. I also love to play golf or do hot yoga when I get the opportunity!

Stephanie S. Pierzchalski

Director of Operations

About Stephanie

Stephanie standing with her husband and holding her young son, outside in the desert sunset

Stephanie S. Pierzchalski

Stephanie began working for Ms. Taylor in 2021. As the Director of Operations, Stephanie focuses on team leading and development, office procedures and efficiency, and the overall client experience. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University. She also has an Associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Stephanie is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators – Arizona chapter.

What are some causes you care about?

I care about animal welfare, education, civil rights and social action, and human rights. 

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

My ability to remember and recall random pop culture trivia! Ask me who the most recent person to achieve EGOT status was.

What inspires you most about your job?

I’m inspired by working with a group of amazing women who find innovative solutions to help people every day.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Morning coffee at the playground with my son, hiking, golfing, or reading a book!

Michelle M. Franz

Legal Assistant

About Michelle

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Michelle M. Franz

Michelle has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Michelle is originally from Palm Springs, California, and moved to Arizona in 2010. Michelle has a background in client service and hospitality and is one of Ms. Taylor's Legal Assistants. Michelle works primarily with our Special Needs Estate Planning families.

What are some causes you care about?

Mental health awareness and education.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Getting a toddler dressed and ready to go in record time!

What inspires you most about your job?

Being able to meet different individuals and families from all walks of life and be a part of helping them create a plan for their peace of mine and comfort.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Spending time with my son doing anything outdoors! Hiking, the park, walks, etc.

Audrey M. Metzler

Community Outreach Coordinator

About Audrey

Audrey in a graduation gown smiling standing in a road with a mountain in the background

Audrey M. Metzler

Audrey has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2021. Audrey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Audrey was a student of the Barrett Honors College during her time at Arizona State University, where she completed a thesis project titled "Understanding the Role of Racial Justice Allyship as a White Person," an autoethnography written in the form of a love letter to her Indigenous sister. Audrey is a member of the nationwide Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, a member of the inaugural cohort of the Justice and Equity Honors Network, and is preparing to begin law school.

What are some causes you care about?

Creating accessible and inclusive communities for disabled people, ensuring that schools are safe and supportive learning environments for all students, and advocating against systemic injustices.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Performing my second grade talent show dance routine to the song ‘Car Wash’ by Christina Aguilera from the film masterpiece ‘Shark Tale’ – not to blow the surprise, but it does involve the classic ‘Sprinkler’ move.

What inspires you most about your job?

Our community – from our clients to our colleagues and my coworkers, I am surrounded by so many wonderful people who do such incredible work to serve one another. It’s an absolute joy and honor to be involved in shaping our community into the beautiful, supportive, and thriving thing it is.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Being active outdoors, spending time with my loved ones, and reading!

Camille N. Needs

Legal Assistant

About Camille

Camille standing with sunglasses on posing with her two young children on either side of her

Camille N. Needs

Camille has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Camille graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Advertising from Brigham Young University - Idaho. Camille has a background in office administration and client service and is one of Ms. Taylor's Team Assistants. Camille works primarily with our Estate Planning families.

What are some causes you care about?

I volunteer at the annual back to school event hosted by Love Society, a non-profit here in Arizona that aids children rescued from trafficking, foster children, and moms living in shelters. Every year, they collect donations of new backpacks, school supplies, and hygeine products to help these kids get ready for school. The kids get to pick their own backpack and supplies, pick out donated shoes and clothes, and get free haircuts. It is an amazing event!

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Quoting from movies and T.V. shows, specifically New Girl and Parks and Rec.

What inspires you most about your job?

Being able to help people have peace of mind. My Aunt has Down Syndrome and when my grandparents passed away, my mom and her sisters were able to step in and care for her. I find such great satisfaction in being able to help other families accomplish their estate and special needs planning goals.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

I enjoy spending time with my two kids. We are typically running around to soccer or dance practices, but when not, we enjoy hikes, riding bikes, trying new restaurants, or a movie night at home.

Kathryn N. Lambert

Legal Secretary

About Kathryn

Black and White Photo of Kathryn with flowers on her head playing guitar

Kathryn N. Lambert

Kathryn has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Kathryn is originally from Dallas, Texas and moved to Arizona in 2019. Kathryn graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina. Kathryn then went on to earn her Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Cincinnati. Kathryn works as our Client Coordinator.

What are some causes you care about?

Some causes that I’m passionate about are climate activism/ocean cleanup, mental health advocacy, accessible healthcare, human rights for all humans, and animal rescue.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

I would need to practice first, but I have, in fact, hula hooped with my foot.

What inspires you most about your job?

The thing that inspires me the most about this job is that we help and support people through difficult conversations and life choices.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

My favorite way to spend a day outside of the office is spending time with my wonderful husband and my cuddly dog-son, Eddie Spaghetti. (He's named after the dog in the TV show "Frasier.")

Taylor L. Hughes

Client Onboarding Coordinator

About Taylor

Taylor L. Hughes

Taylor has been working with Ms. Taylor since 2022. Taylor graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alcorn State University, where she played Division 1 softball.

What are some causes you care about?

I love supporting the Arizona Foundation for Women to invest in a cause I care about.

If we held an office talent show, you would wow everyone by:

Being the worst singer they’ve ever heard!

What inspires you most about your job?

Being able to provide just a little bit of peace for our clients during difficult times.

What is your favorite way to spend a day out of the office?

Hiking, brunching, shopping, day trips, and trying new restaurants.

Athena

Top Dog

About Athena

Athena, a black lab dog, resting on the couch with a bone

Athena Taylor

Meet Athena—the 'top dog' of our office! Affectionately known as our 'office dog,' Athena has been Emily's sidekick for going on four years. Athena loves walks around the neighborhood or to the park, playing with her toys (more accurately described as tearing them to pieces), and, of course, treats! We love having Athena around to brighten our days, and to make the big business decisions!

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