Meet Our Team
Scott is one of the founding contributing members of the Storm Help Team and leads the insurance negotiation and litigation team at Mager Parúas, LLC – (844-800-LAWS). He is a nationally known attorney and author and natural disaster insurance expert. He has lived through numerous devastating hurricanes and other storm events, and also spent thousands of hours in Florida as well as New York and other locations, arming citizens with winning strategies to secure more money. He has been featured on major television networks, national radio around the country and internationally, including on the recent Florida Storm (Irma), Texas Storm (Harvey), Florida/Georgia/Southeast Storm (Matthew) and Northeast SuperStorm (Sandy). He has the unique experience at the highest level of seeing both sides of insurance disputes, having served as the Chief Attorney for one of the largest insurance companies in the world – where he also received their National Litigator of the Year Award – and having represented or helped thousands of residents and companies secure tens of millions of dollars of insurance money, and even advised governments and government agencies. He has participated/testified at national and local panels around the country relating to dozens of storms in Florida, New York, Louisiana and elsewhere. He has completed over 150 articles, case summaries and lectures on various topics. He has also given hundreds of hours of philanthropic work, and won such awards as the NFL Community Quarterback Award for Extraordinary Philanthropic Service, among many other honors.
Brian A. Parúas focuses on Personal Injury, Sexual Abuse, Crime Victims, Wrongful Death and other Tort claims. A Former Federal Agent for the Department of Justice, along with being the former Senate Aide to the President of the Senate, he brings an arsenal of intelligent weaponry to help his clients. He brings a dedication to our community and country that cannot be questioned.
Indeed, as the nation began the process of recovering from the September 11th terrorist attacks, Brian left the Senate staff to join the front lines of America’s defense. In the years that followed, he literally placed his life on the line for our country.
Brian attended the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, Federal Air Marshal Academy and served as Federal Air Marshal, then a uniformed federal law enforcement officer to guard our ports. He then attended law school and continued his public service with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, helping prosecute dangerous criminals in deportation cases on behalf of our nation. Brian’s vast experience, knowledge, skills and dedication to the Storm Help Team in helping victims of storms is tremendous.
Blanca P. Greenstein
Blanca P. Greenstein was licensed by the Florida Bar to practice law in 1998. She has been practicing law in the financial services arena for over 20 years. She specializes in the areas of commercial and civil litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of consumer and mortgage finance law. She has represented numerous financial institutions in various proceedings, including foreclosure and bankruptcy. Prior to the opening of her own firm, Ms. Greenstein was a Managing Shareholder with the law firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd. for five years. She also served as Senior Counsel over Litigation for a prominent loan servicer (and publicly traded company) thereby providing her extensive experience with regard to litigation and settlement management.
Blanca has extensive experience working with small and large businesses. She offers assistance with business formation, the development of business processes, contract drafting, real estate transactions, tax preparation and planning, IRS audit defense, and equine litigation. Additionally, she provides representation to corporate clients engaged in complex commercial, financial, and transactional practices.
Ashley Stone Benedik
Ashley is an accomplished and well respected attorney having practiced law for over 25 years within the Panama City, Florida area. She brings with her an impressive resume with extensive trial experience and expertise on both sides of the Criminal Justice System. As a prosecutor, Ashley tried over 100 cases in from of a jury and as a criminal defense attorney. She most notably represented one of the eight defendants in the Bay County Boot Camp/Martin Lee Anderson Aggravated Manslaughter of a child case in 2007. This case received national attention and was featured on Court TV. Ashley was the only female defense attorney involved in the case and was able to obtain a Not Guilty verdict for her client in the case.
Ashley began her career as a Prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office in 1993 and began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in 2005. She is the founder of the Benedik Law Firm and an aggressive trial attorney who relentlessly pursues the the best possible outcomes for her clients using her wide-ranging knowledge and relationships with law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and judges in the Panama City area.
To add to her esteemed credentials, Ashley is also:
• Former Secretary of the Bay County Bar Association
• Former Treasurer of the Panama City Rotary Club
• Formerly appointed by the Governor to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for 14th Judicial Circuit
• Recipient of the Avvo Clients Choice award for several consecutive years
• Member of the Florida Bar and Louisiana Bar (inactive)
• Member of the Jewels of the Sea for the Krewe of Dominique Youx
Her unique experience, perspective and dogged determination in the courtroom are invaluable assets of The Storm Help Team.
Rick is the CEO of internationally acclaimed Byoplanet International, LLC. He leads a national team, partnered with Clorox, that has a mastery in the industry of disinfection technology, sanitation, water treatment/removal, construction and other areas. Their team is comprised of engineers, biologists, medical professionals, physicists, and other thought leaders. ByoPlanet International is also the industry leader in advanced induction charge spray delivery systems, revolutionizing the way stake holders and environmental services personnel view and treat public health. Utilizing physics, they also provide solutions that provide total and uniform surface coverage without cross-contamination. Featuring the Clorox 360 system, the companies provide the most unique solutions for business, governments, large organizations, condominiums and others.
As a Certified Building Contractor and Electrical Contractor, Alexander Rodriguez is the founder of nationally renowned company By His Grace Construction Services, Inc – developed and built from the experiences of two Florida state licensed companies, Riverside Electric Co. and Riverside Construction Services. Riverside Electric is a 4th generation family owned business which was founded in 1922 as an electrical contracting company based in Miami, FL. Riverside Construction, a state certified general contractor company. Utilizing the experience gained as superintendent and project manager for Riverside Electric and Riverside Construction, Alexander Rodriguez, Joe Granados and Charles Memmott have served as builders, developers, advisors, experts, among many other accolades.