Abagail (Abbie) Mogg is a lifelong central Michigan resident. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Marketing. While in college, she wrote for the school newspaper, CM Life.
Her background work in customer service and administrative support for a four-diamond hospitality company make her well suited for helping clients and dealing with legal documents. She enjoys assisting others and being a part of a team.
Abbie and her husband have twin daughters and live on their family farm. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for her daughters’ activities. She also likes to work out and spend time at the lake.
Christi originally joined the team at Jay Trucks & Associates in 1998, where she worked in the Workers’ Compensation Department for nearly 5 years. Christi’s responsibilities included filing claims, preparing files for trial, communicating with clients, and scheduling appointments. After that, she worked at another law office for over a year to learn a new type of law. She then raised 3 children and was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years, also homeschooling her children.
“I’ve worked at a few different places since I left the firm – for a divorce lawyer, in retail, and even as a professional cake decorator! But I’ve always missed Jay Trucks & Associates … I have always considered the people here my family. I’m happy to be back.”
Christi returned to the firm in August 2019, and looks forward to helping and assisting clients the best way she can.
“Communication is key. My clients are free to call me with any updates or issues that may arise. I’m pretty easy to talk to, and I want to help.”
In her spare time, Christi likes to spend time with her family, travel, and decorate cakes.
Carmen joined the firm in January 1999 as a co-op student from Mid Michigan Community College. She graduated in May 1999 with honors. She earned her Associate’s Degrees in Business as a Medical Secretary/Office Professional and as a Legal Secretary/Office Professional.
Before coming to Jay Trucks & Associates, P.C., she worked as an Admissions secretary in the Admissions Office at Mid Michigan Community College. Carmen is responsible for the duties required in the litigation department as a legal secretary.
She is assigned to a number of cases in our personal injury department. Here it is her job to make sure files remain updated at all times and that all documents are prepared and filed within the time limits set by the court. An important aspect of her job is to keep the client informed about his/her case and to try and answer any questions he/she may have regarding his/her case. Carmen’s interests outside the job include reading, spending time with family, and playing basketball.
Debbie graduated magna cum laude from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and History. She also attended Saginaw Valley State University, taking graduate and teacher certification courses. Debbie joined the firm in 1994, working in the Personal Injury Department.
In April 1995 she became the primary writer of mediation and arbitration summaries. And, in December 1998 she was promoted to Litigation Department Manager. Three years later, she was promoted to Law Firm Administrator and has held a dual role at the firm since that time.
Besides being responsible for the administration and management of the firm, Debbie also oversees all personal injury cases – both the cases in pre-litigation and the ones that must go through the Michigan court system due to the fact that settlement negotiations with the insurance company have proved unsuccessful. It is the job of the Litigation Department to ensure that all court-imposed deadlines are met and that the case runs seamlessly from the time it is filed to the time of trial.
Although her responsibilities have changed over the years, Debbie continues to review briefs. “Writing briefs is the one chance that we get in a case to specifically detail our client’s version of events leading to the accident and the resulting injuries and damages that they have suffered. Although no two cases are the same, all are equally important to us and deserve no less attention. We write each brief as if it is the sole premise on which the case will ultimately settle.”
Jennifer joined Jay Trucks & Associates, PC in January 2018 as a Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant. Prior to this, she worked for several years in the banking industry, as well as managing her family’s excavating business and farm. She has also been her township’s treasurer for 18 years. With this background, Jennifer brings knowledge of many different types of bookkeeping with her. She enjoys working with numbers and making sure the office runs smoothly.
Jennifer is a graduate of Clare High School and Mid Michigan Community College. She has degrees in Business Administration and Medical Transcription.
Jennifer and her husband, Rich, have three children who live in the Clare area with their families. Her grand babies are absolute blessings and she cherishes time spent with them. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, trail riding in her RZR, shopping trips, and, most of all, spending time with her family at their cabin on Crooked Lake.
Tammy joined Jay Trucks & Associates, P.C. in October 2000 as a legal secretary in the Workers’ Compensation Department. She later transferred to the Personal Injury/Litigation Department, where she worked for four years, and then returned to serving the clients’ needs in the Workers’ Compensation Department.
Tammy joined the Paralegal program at Great Lakes Junior College (Davenport) before transferring to Mid Michigan Community College. She graduated in May 2000, earning an Associate in Business degree as a Legal Office Professional. During her schooling, she served as a work-study employee for the Undersheriff of Clare County in the Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Program.
Prior to joining the firm, Tammy worked as a legal assistant to David J. Gilbert, Attorney at Law, for one year.
Tammy assists in filing claims, organizing and preparing files for trial, processing data entry, scheduling appointments, and communicating with clients, operating well in a team-oriented (and oftentimes stressful) atmosphere that demands excellent client observance.
Tammy has served on the Mid Michigan Community College Advisory Board since 2003, which also allows her to serve the needs of students entering the job market.
In January 1999, Liz joined the firm through the co-op program at Mid Michigan Community College, where she graduated, with honors, with an Associate’s Degree in Business as a Medical Secretary/Office Professional.
Prior to joining the firm, Liz worked in retail, where she gained customer service experience, which is an important asset when assisting our clients.
“The workers’ compensation system is a difficult and, oftentimes, an unfriendly system for the injured worker to have to maneuver, and I strive to be a friendly and compassionate advocate for our clients. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I can help guide them through this troubling time, and I hope that I make the whole experience easier for them to cope with.”
Liz handles a variety of jobs in the firm, which include processing incoming medical records for the Workers’ Compensation Department, tracking depositions, documenting liens, and scheduling and preparing files for vocational rehabilitation and medical management meetings. In addition, she handles all of the workers’ compensation monitor files. In these files, clients are receiving their benefits; however, there are many issues that arise in these files, and each situation must be handled quickly and on an individual basis. By appropriately handling each of these issues, Liz hopes to ensure that her clients will continue to receive their benefits without interruption or delay.
“A lot of my responsibilities are time sensitive, which at times can be a bit challenging. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are not a guarantee, and there are times when, no matter what you do, the end result is not what we had hoped and that can be frustrating. Our overall goal is to do the best job we can for our clients. We work hard to achieve that goal.”
Maurine joined Jay Trucks & Associates, P.C. in August 2021 as the Communications Operator/Receptionist. She is a graduate of Clare High School and attended Mid Michigan Community College, where she received a Certificate in Practical Nursing. She has also held positions in data entry, billing, accounts payable, and payroll.
Maurine is excited for this new opportunity. She enjoys helping people and is happy to be the first interaction most clients encounter when they call or come in to the office.
Maurine and her husband have two children. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, camping, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Angelina joined the firm in August 2019 as a Legal Secretary in the Personal Injury Department. She graduated from Farwell High School in 2008.
Prior to working at the firm, Angelina was a customer service representative for a local bank, and she has several years of customer service experience.
In her free time, Angelina enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters. She also has a passion for baking and cooking. Her other hobbies/interests include fishing, camping, and traveling with her family.
Kassie joined the firm in September 2017. Prior to this, she was a long-term employee for a chiropractor’s office in Harrison. The office experience and relationships Kassie had with the patients there have set her up for success at Jay Trucks & Associates. She is a dedicated employee and is always willing to go that “one step” extra.
Kassie was hired as the firm’s Lead Intake Specialist. In this role, she is the first person with whom potential clients speak when they call the firm. Her passion and people skills help these callers to feel comfortable in every situation.
Kassie has lived in Harrison most of her life and is married with two sons. She enjoys attending sporting events with her family and watching her husband coach and her sons play sports. They keep her busy with football, basketball, baseball, and track. Kassie also enjoys volunteering for the Harrison Athletic Boosters and helping others.