About the Selis Law Team
Scott A. Selis Founder
Our Founder, Scott A. Selis, is an Elder Care, Elder Law, and Estate Planning attorney licensed in the State of Florida.
Scott’s practice focuses on making long-term care affordable for people who do not have long-term care insurance by restructuring assets to qualify for Government Benefits. Scott also handles Probate and Trust Administration.
Public service is vital to Scott and our Firm. He was assistant Chair of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, was awarded the Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Elder Law Attorney of the Year in 2016, received a public service award from the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section in 2012, and was Chair and Co-Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Sections’ Legislative Committee from 2012-2017. Scott also served on a statewide Task Force that advocates for the Elderly and Disabled. In 2021, Scott was installed to the Board of Directors of the Flagler County Bar Association.
Scott received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Stetson University’s College of Law. He has been married to Kimberly since 1984, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
“My goal is to ensure Florida Seniors remain at home for as long as possible, protecting them from long-term care costs so they have the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved ones and no one else will benefit from their foresight.”
Judith Rhodes Paralegal
Judi has over thirty years’ experience in the legal industry. Prior to moving to Florida, she had her own law practice in upstate New York. She is currently a registered New York State Attorney.
She relocated to Florida due to her mother’s health. Rather than practice as an attorney, she has progressed with her paralegal work.
Judi was born in Maine and moved to upstate New York when she was young. Throughout her life, she always enjoyed the legal industry and began working for an attorney in 1985. Her work was primarily in real estate and small criminal matters.
When Judi started her own family, she worked for a matrimonial attorney who encouraged her to get her degree. So, in 1995 she embarked on her legal education by first obtaining her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. Judi graduated at the top of her class.
She then applied and was accepted to Syracuse University College of Law. In Judi’s law school years, she received the Pro Bono Service Award as the only Law Student in New York State to receive the honor for that year.
Upon graduating from law school and passing the New York State Bar, she opened her own law practice in matrimonial law.
However, family called and Judi relocated to sunny Florida in 2010.
Initially, she worked for an Elder Law Attorney in DeLand and discovered a second love of her profession.
The profound effect and satisfaction of the practice of Elder Law is both enriching and exciting to Judi. She thrives on her ability to help people achieve their goals and bring families peace of mind.
She joined the Selis Law Firm team in 2019 and enjoys the camaraderie, teamwork and dedication she feels from every one of her peers and employer. Judi’s deep-seeded belief and motto is “my handshake is my word” and she has found this same conviction within the Selis Law Firm.
Judi is also a licensed real estate agent in Flagler County since 2018. She uses her considerable knowledge, multitasking skills and experience to help ensure her clients fully understand that “planning is key to a peace of mind”. Judi is an asset to all of her clients since she provides timely contact and updates, process management, and the drafting of all legal documents.
If you need estate planning, probate, or anything, Judi is the person you turn to.
A true native of the northeast but really a beach lover at heart, Judi enjoys traveling, crafting and especially the vibrant local community neighborhood where she lives with her husband, Tracy, and their New York City adopted cat named Poo.
Rhonda Ward Firm Administrator
Rhonda Ward was born and raised in sunny Daytona Beach, FL and is a graduate of Spruce Creek High School.
With 15 years of accounting and customer service experience and 18 years of Legal Administrative experience, she has a wealth of knowledge and helps keep our busy Firm running as effectively and efficiently as possible. With her talent for decorating, she is our resident “interior designer” for the holidays!
Rhonda joined Selis Law Firm in June 2018 and it is truly the best job she has ever had. She loves being part of the Selis Law Firm family. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, children and especially her grandson (preferably by the pool on beautiful summer days!).
DeLisa Kearney Service Coordinator
DeLisa Kearney was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS. She studied Elementary Education at the University of Southern Mississippi.
DeLisa sold real estate and managed property prior to moving to Orlando, FL in 1991. Since her move to Orlando, she has found her true calling in the legal field - she has experience in Federal, Criminal, Family, Real Estate and Immigration Law and now she has found her home in Elder Law.
DeLisa has been an integral part of Selis Law Firm since 2017. She loves her job and her work - and every aspect of working with the Selis Law Firm family!
When she is not with her firm family, she spends time with her parents and husband, as well as her daughter and her family, especially her precious grandson. DeLisa loves to sit out in the warm Florida evenings by the pool with her husband to share stories about their days!
Jemma Takx Estate Planning Attorney
Attorney Takx is an Estate Planning attorney, licensed in the State of Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Economics in 2016 before moving “across the pond” to work in the Houses of Parliament for a London based constituency. Ms. Takx is a “Double-Nole” and graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 2020.
While attending law school, she served as a member of the school’s mock trial team, moot court team, international arbitration team, and the Law Review. Attorney Takx also served as a Law School Ambassador and on the Law School Council - additionally, she served as a legal aide to the executive director of the International Bar Association (IBA) and to the IBA Human Rights Institute.
She started her legal career working as a Children’s Legal Services attorney through DCF - representing Florida’s children and families in cases involving abuse, abandonment and neglect. After almost two years and an undefeated trial record, Ms. Takx joined the Selis Law Firm.
When not practicing law and spending time with her family, Ms. Takx loves to cook and shares plenty of homemade baked goods with her office family - she is also a “crazy dog-mom” and is always happy to share as many pictures as possible of her beloved pup!
Sierra Lindsey Receptionist
Sierra was born on a Texas Army base and spent most of her childhood and adult life in South Carolina and Florida.
Sierra spent time working at Grand Villa of Ormond Beach, a highly regarded Assisted Living Facility, where she thrived in her environment and loved working with the residents. She was also studying Criminal Law - which she soon discovered was one of her favorite learning experiences of all time. She thought she could combine her passion for assisting the elderly and her newly discovered passion for the law. She jumped at the chance to work for Selis Law Firm as soon as she found an opening! Sierra joined the Selis Elder Law team in 2019, after obtaining her hard-earned Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
At Selis Elder Law of Florida, she is the welcoming and friendly face at the front desk and she is the first person to greet you when you visit! Sierra loves the positive work environment and the team work.
She loves summer beach days and spending time with her beautiful daughter and their adorable shih tzu, Bella.
“I have loved my first two years at Selis Elder Law of Florida. We all work extremely well together to provide the best possible service and best outcomes for families.”
Jayne Implementation Specialist
Jayne has over ten years’ experience in the elder law industry, and prior experience in a local skilled nursing facility. She was born and raised in the UK and made the USA her permanent home in 2004.
Jayne graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Brighton, in England in 1999.
Although a recent recruit to the Selis Law Firm (in early 2022), she has settled in quickly and become an essential member of our team. She is compassionate, dedicated, and thrives on the satisfaction of assisting families meet their life goals and in helping bring them peace of mind. Jayne’s role as Implementation Specialist is to implement the various planning strategies the Selis Law Firm offers, including estate planning, probate, Medicaid eligibility, and government benefits.
Jayne loves to spend her free time enjoying the Florida sun, whether on a boat or at the beach.