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Paralegals

Alison Crain

Alison Crain provides support to Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper’s immigration law group. She assists the group’s attorneys on a wide range of immigration processes, including temporary work visas, employment-based and family-based immigrant petitions and permanent residence applications, and naturalization applications. She also assists with asylum cases and provides Spanish translation/interpretation services. Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from John Carroll University.

Ajla Karalic

Ajla Karalic provides support to Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper’s immigration law group. She assists the group’s attorneys on a range of employment and family-based immigrant processes. Ajla holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from The Ohio State University. She speaks both English and her native language of Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian. Ajla is also a proud dog mom of a black lab and boxer mix named Jupiter.

Carolyn Pickens

Carolyn Pickens’ primary focus is probate administration and litigation. She has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga Community College and a BA in psychology from Cleveland State University. She has been employed as a paralegal at Nicola Gudbranson & Cooper from 2010 to the present.

Elaine P. Smolic

Elaine Smolic provides paralegal support to the workers’ compensation defense practice group. She assists in preparing, coordinating and the handling of both administrative claims and court litigation. She has more than 30 years of experience in the legal field, including 20 years as Office Manager of a smaller size Cleveland law firm where she oversaw and directly handled many aspects of the business. Since joining NGC in January 2017, the workers’ compensation practice has benefitted greatly from Elaine’s broad base of practical and legal experience, keen insights, organizational skills and work ethic. Outside of the office, Elaine enjoys cooking, sewing and playing the piano.