J. Riley Williams, PLC


Our Firm’s practice covers many aspects of real estate law, including, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and much more.

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At J. Riley Williams, PLC, we are a new kind of firm for a changing world. We are consistent, patient and professional, giving each new closing the attention it deserves. An integral part of our service is to work closely with you, our client, so that you leave the closing table feeling informed and secure. We are one of the most consistently well reviewed title agencies in Jacksonville, FL because of this reason.


More than just a title company.


Our highly skilled team ensures each transaction is tailored to each individual’s need, we work with efficiency and personalized care. With three offices in Jacksonville, we are always the convenient choice for your real estate closings.

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2141 Park Street




5200 Belfort Road, Suite 110


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12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 303


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St. John’s

35 Durbin Station Court Unit 102

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Riley Williams

Riley is an attorney that handles real estate transactions. He helps people transition from one home to another, and makes every effort to see that this process is as smooth and efficient as possible. Riley graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1997. Right out of law school Riley worked in a large law firm environment. Ultimately, however, he elected to start his own firm in 2004 (the same year his twins were born).

Outside of work Riley is active raising three boys with his great wife. In addition he enjoys tennis, yoga, running, Amelia Island, teaching marathoners how to do a pull-up, and a cold beer.

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Leah Miller

Leah graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Journalism. She has been with the firm for over 14 years, joining the team shortly after the practice opened in 2004. Leah has worked in every aspect of the company, from processing files to handling closings to her current roles as Marketing Director.

Leah and her Husband Matt have lived in Jacksonville since their marriage in 2007 and have two young sons. Between coaching their soccer teams and volunteering at Little League she finds time to bake and cheer on her Alma Mater (Go Dawgs!). Leah is also a certified CrossFit instructor; she's coached weekly classes at First Coast CrossFit since its inception in 2014.


Rachel Howell

Rachel studied at Florida State University and received her B.S. in Political Science before going on to obtain her Juris Doctor at Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and has worked with the firm for over five years.

In her free time she enjoys watching Florida State football and spending time with her son, husband, and French Bulldog, Riggins.

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Allison Deppe

Allison is a closer at J. Riley, and has earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Florida (swoop!). She has worked with our firm for over six years.

Recently married, she lives with her husband, chihuahua, and tabby cat in their Murray Hill bungalow. On week days Allison can be spotted riding around on her scooter to and from work at our Riverside location, and on weekends enjoying live music with a craft beer in hand.

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Sarah Puente

Sarah studied at the University of North Florida and received her B.A. in Criminal Justice before going on to obtain her Juris Doctor at Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar.

In her free time she enjoys offshore fishing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family.

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Jessica Skidmore

Jessica obtained her Bachelors Degree at The Ohio State University (go Buckeyes!), and her Juris Doctor Degree at Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association as well as the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.


Lauren Hunt 

Lauren studied at the University of Florida and received her B.A. in Sociology before going on to obtain her Juris Doctor at Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and has worked for the firm since 2016.

In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, daughter, and English Bulldog, Finley.


Michelle Baktys

Michelle has extensive experience in all areas of real estate closings and has handled all aspects of processing and post closing residential and commercial loans for the past 32 years. 

In her free time she enjoys working out, kayaking, the great outdoors, and spending time with family- especially her grandkids.

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Molly Corley

Molly attended Tallahassee Community College and received her Associates in Arts. She has worked for the firm for almost 3 years.

Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family at the beach.


Bonnie Kelley

Bonnie attended Brevard Junior College and has been working with the firm for over 8 years. 

Bonnie's favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and spending as much time as possible with her grand kids. 

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Lauren hawkins

Lauren is one of the newer members of our team. She acts as a fantastic processor for Chelsea Anderson and has three years of real estate experience. She is a Kansas City native and has lived in Florida since 2013.

In her free time she loves to travel as much as possible with her husband, watch movies, and spend time at home with their 3 kitties.


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Casey is one of our newest processors here at the firm. She is a Jacksonville native and is currently working towards her B.A.S. in Supervision and Management at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

In her free time she travels as much as she can. When she isn’t traveling, she is trying new and crazy food, enjoying the art scene, and giving love to all the animals she can.


Ayla Cornelius

Ayla joined our firm in November of 2018 as a processor for Lauren. She came from hospitality management and bookkeeping.

In her free time she enjoys her garden and being around friends, family, and her catdog.


Taylor Cusack

Taylor is currently a student at FSCJ while also working towards her Real Estate license. She started working with the firm in August of 2018 and looks forward to growing with it. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and dog. She loves to hunt, fish, and work out.


Chelsea Anderson

Chelsea is a closing attorney at J. Riley. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree with a double major in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Miami and earned her Juris Doctor degree from University of Florida. Chelsea started out practicing land use and environmental law assisting developers in Central and Northeast Florida with residential and nonresidential large-scale development projects.

Chelsea is the Chair of the Urban Land Institute North Florida Chapter Young Leaders Group, the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Coordinator for The Surfrider Foundation First Coast Chapter, an alumni of Leadership Daytona Class XXXV, and is an active member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Environmental & Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. In her free time, she loves exploring the foodie scene in Jacksonville with her husband, hunting for sharks teeth at the local beaches, and playing with her wheaten terrier Ranger.


 Rose Shabo Alberre

 Rose is our managing attorney. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She later obtained her Juris Doctor degree (Cum Laude) and M.B.A. degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Stetson University College of Law. She began her legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Rose later joined several other law firms prior to moving to Jacksonville, FL. She practiced in a variety of areas, including complex business and real estate litigation, family law, estate planning, and general civil practice.

Rose is an active member of the Jacksonville community. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, boating and camping.


Ashley Taylor

Ashley is the marketing director for the firm. She recently graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville with her Bachelors in Business Administration and Management.

In her free time she focuses on photography, writing, her fiance and pitbull, Mowgli.


Laura Smith

Laura is our newest team member at the firm acting as our amazing receptionist. Laura graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Mass Communications. After teaching Kindergarten for the last 9 years, she is very excited to be a new member of the J. Riley Williams office

In here free time she like to be surrounded by friends and family.


Ally McGowan

Ally is currently pursuing her degree in Paralegal Studies at FSCJ. She was hired on in February as a processor and looks forward to growing with us.

In her free time she likes to visit theme parks with her daughter and spend time with her two adopted cats Elvira and Hook.

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Taylor Stafford

Taylor graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Real Estate and a B.S. in Business Management. Taylor has been in the real estate industry since 2000 and has been in the title industry since 2012. Taylor is super passionate about assisting Realtors to achieve their goals.

She was born and raised in Florida. She has lived in the Jacksonville area since 2012. In her free time she enjoys bike rides, watching football, and bowling.