Veronica M. Hawkins, AIS, AINS
Personal Injury Claims Analyst
A graduate of Illinois State University, Veronica has extensive experience in the insurance industry, having worked as a claims adjuster for Farmer's Insurance Group and several local insurance companies.
She is currently preparing to attain her Associate in Claims (AIC) professional designation from The Institutes, the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions that drive powerful business results for the risk management and property casualty industry.
“Veronica's in-depth knowledge of how the insurance industry operates will be an invaluable asset to our firm's clients”, says Managing Partner Scot Goldberg.
“I love using my insurance experience to help our clients receive fair financial compensation for their injuries”, Hawkins said. “Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with, and I'm here to advocate for people who need help.”
Hawkins speaks fluent Italian, having lived in Italy as the daughter of a Navy veteran. She is originally from Chicago, and is married with two children.
Personal Injury Claims Analyst
Born in Ecuador, Gonzalez attained her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Education from Vicente Rocafuerte University and her law degree from San Gregorio University. Gonzalez has resided in the United States since 2002. Prior to joining Goldberg Noone, Gonzalez devoted the past nine years of her career to handling personal injury claims for the SW Florida community.
“My goal has always been to provide peace of mind to my clients, taking the stress of dealing with the insurance companies and paying medical bills off of my clients' shoulders,” says Gonzalez. “I assure every client that I am always a phone call away, ready to help them through every step of their personal injury case.”
Michael Noone, a Managing Partner of the law firm, is confident that Gonzalez will add considerable value to the service provided to their clients. “Maria's extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and helping clients navigate through the aftermath of a serious car accident will be a meaningful addition to our firm,” he points out. “The fact that Maria speaks Spanish fluently will also allow us to better serve our Spanish speaking clients.”
Gonzalez is married and has three children. She is very involved in her children's school activities, treasures time with her family, and enjoys going to the beach as much as possible.
Antoinette “Toni” Thrift
Toni's specialty areas as our litigation paralegal include personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. She has lived in Fort Myers for most of her life, having moved to this area from upstate New York in the 1970s.
Toni began her career as a radio announcer and local talk show host. As a radio personality, she also worked in the areas of marketing, public relations, promotional events and advertising.
After a decade in radio, Toni became a family law paralegal and office administrator. Eventually, intrigued by personal injury and wrongful death litigation, she gravitated toward those areas of law. Toni worked for 12 ½ years at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, followed by 5 years as an insurance defense paralegal. In 2001, she returned to the Plaintiff side of the equation when she joined our team.
Toni pursued paralegal studies at Edison State College, followed by Business Administration at Barry University. In 2008, having met the requirements set forth by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, she became a Florida Registered Paralegal.
When not at the office, Toni is most likely to be found in the pursuit of all things equestrian. She and her husband enjoy training, riding and camping with their three horses.
Nicole “Nikki” Walton
A North Fort Myers native, Nikki began working in the legal field at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, P.A. in 2001, after working in office administration at Mermaid Manufacturing, Inc.
Nicole joined the Goldberg Noone, LLC family in May 2006. She works closely with our attorneys, providing support documentation and research records to the trial team, ensuring that all of the required court documents are filed and recorded regarding your case, and negotiating bills and liens after your case has settled.
Nikki has three sons (22, 15 and 1), her son Levi played football for the University of Arizona and graduated in the Summer 2018. Nikki is a passionate sports fan and enjoys going to football, basketball, hockey and baseball games. She enjoys running, working out, traveling and everything involving the great outdoors, especially the water. Nikki gladly volunteers for many organizations, including Meals on Wheels.
Michelle is attorney Mike Noone's personal assistant, and Legal Assistant to our trial team. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, she came to Naples in April of 1991. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and also attended American Institute for Paralegal Studies to obtain her paralegal certificate.
In 1991, Michelle embarked on her legal career in the Naples Office of Goldberg, Goldstein & Buckley. She steadily advanced her career through the company, learning the business of law and providing an array of case research, court documentation, records filing and countless other duties in support of the firm's lawyers and insurance specialists. Michelle has worked side-by-side with Attorney Mike Noone continuously since 1999, and is proud to have been with our firm since we opened our doors in July 2000.
Michelle lives in Cape Coral, and she loves to spend her free time perfecting her tennis backhand. She is also involved with several local community organizations, and enjoys volunteering in support of events and programs that provide charitable and philanthropic benefits to the people of Southwest Florida.