Katrina Hallein, Esq.

Attorney / Owner

301-695-1235 ext. 1001

Katrina Hallein, Esquire is a long time Frederick County resident. Katrina graduated from Middletown High School and then went on to earn her BA from Hood College and her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Katrina began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Washington County Circuit Court.

Katrina offers over 10 years of experience and expertise in real estate law. As a title attorney in Frederick, Maryland, she is knowledgeable in all aspects of the settlement process including, drafting and reviewing contracts, power of attorney preparation, and title examinations and conducting closings. Katrina is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

She is a licensed settlement agent in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Katrina’s professional affiliations include the Fredericktowne Rotary, Frederick County Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, the Maryland Land Title Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Katrina is currently residing in Middletown, Maryland.

Jana Gantt, Esq.


301-695-1235 ext. 1000

Jana Gantt, Esq. has been a licensed attorney in Maryland for 6 years and in Virginia for 5 years. After working for two Creditor’s Rights law firms, Jana went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore in 2010. Jana brings over 10 years of experience in the areas of foreclosure, loss mitigation, bankruptcy and mortgage litigation. Jana is looking forward to bringing her experience to the real estate title and settlement industry.

Jana grew up in Baltimore County and is currently a resident of Howard County and in her spare time enjoys reading and relaxing with her dog, Phoebe.

Garrett Vyborny

Operations Manager

301-695-1235 ext. 1002

Garrett recently entered the title industry and chose to begin his new career with Lawyers Signature Settlements, LLC in April of 2016. Garrett previously worked in the new residential home building Industry. After eight years in the home building Industry Garrett was ready for a change in Career. He is very excited about his new start in the title Industry and looks forward to learning every aspect of the business. Garrett is delighted to have recently obtained his Maryland Title Producer License. He currently assists with day to day operations as Operations Manager and will continue to learn new roles moving forward including conducting settlements.

Garrett has lived in Frederick County Maryland since 1988. He has a fiancé and two children that he loves dearly. In his personal time, Garrett enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, boating, snowmobiling, tennis, and hiking.

Tiphanie Downs

Settlement Processing

301-695-1235 ext. 1003

Tiphanie Lewis-Downs began working in the title industry in 1996. She has worked as a processor and settlement agent with several large firms ranging from DC to Maryland. Tiphanie is licensed to conduct settlements in Maryland and Virginia and has an extensive background working with foreclosures and short sales. Tiphanie has been a long time resident of Frederick County and currently lives in Frederick with her two sons.

Martine Sapp

Martine began her career in the title business in 1986.  She has worked for several large title companies, law firms, builders, and a realtor.  She is licensed to conduct settlements in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and travels in state.  She is also a member of our marketing team.

She resides in Frederick, Maryland with her husband, David.  Together there share two grown children.

Nick Garth

Settlement Processing

301-695-1235 ext. 1006

Nick is a Settlement Processor who knows of the importance of loving your profession. A self-proclaimed “title nerd”, he began his journey in title insurance at a law firm right here in Frederick County in 2005. He has since extended his expertise to include the DMV area. His biggest accomplishment to date has been purchasing his own home in Walkersville, where he currently resides with his teenage son.  In his free time, he enjoys sharing various hobbies with his friends and family.

Kristi Heffner

Post Closing

301-695-1235 ext. 1014

Kristi joined the LSS team in the fall of 2016.  She had previously worked in the title industry but took a break to pursue other interests.  She is a lifelong resident of Frederick.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends trying a new restaurant or doing some local travel.

Earl Matlock

Earl Matlock has worked as a Settlement Agent in the Real Estate Title Industry for over 30 years. Earl is the former owner of three Settlement Companies in Maryland. He is a Past Member of the Maryland Title Association and The American Land Title Association. He is currently an Associate Member of The Frederick County Association of Realtors. He brings extensive experience to the Settlement table as a Long Time Licensed Settlement Agent in Maryland. Earl has been a member of The Board of Directors of the Frederick County Student Construction Trades Foundation Inc. for the past 21 years. He is also a founding member of the Frederick County Students Culinary Arts Foundation Inc. Earl is most proud of his association with these Foundations and his association with the Frederick County Career and Technology Center. He is a strong believer in a quality education for everyone.

Earl has lived in Frederick County for the past 40 years and is proud to call Frederick County home!

Wilma Keane

Settlement Processing

301-695-1235 ext. 1008

Wilma Keane joined Lawyers Signature Settlements in 2012 as a processor. She has worked in the title industry since 1998 in various capacities. She is a licensed title producer for the State of Maryland. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD and moved to Frederick County in 2000. She enjoys music and going to the beach.

Jennifer Marsh

Jennifer Marsh has joined Lawyers Signature Settlements as the Director of Marketing. Jennifer has worked in the real estate title industry since 2009 and prior to that was a licensed Realtor. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management and then moved to Frederick to begin her career. Currently, Jennifer lives in New Market with her husband and their three boys. She enjoys watching college football and cheering on the Hokies!

Cheryl Jenkins-Walker

Processing Support

301-695-1235 ext. 1009

Cheryl Walker is a very important team member at Lawyers Signature Settlements.  She is responsible for ordering and following up on payoffs, ordering Homeowner Association Payoffs, verifying and sending Binders, ordering water and sewer bills, ordering Front Foot Benefit Charges and many other office duties.  She is a wife of 21 years and she loves her dog and enjoys shopping and volunteering.

Jaclyn Ivey


301-695-1235 ext. 1011

Jaclyn Ivey is a Pre-Processor with Lawyers Signature Settlements. Before becoming a Pre-Processor, Jaclyn began her time with us as the receptionist in the summer of 2018. She is a mother of two children and together they enjoy exploring Maryland’s many hiking trails, playing video games, and spending time with friends.

Erick Rodriguez

Post Closer

301-695-1235 ext. 1004

Erick has been in the title industry for over 2 years, specializing in post-closing. He was born and raised in Montgomery County but currently lives in Frederick County with his wife and their beagle. In his personal time, he enjoys digging in the crates at the local record stores, trying out new craft brews, and running with friends.

Shannon Thompson

Operations Support

301-695-1235 ext. 1010

Shannon joined our team in the Spring of 2021 and currently supports Garrett on the operations and financial side of Lawyers Signature Settlements.  She came to us form the hospitality industry, working in human resources and was ready to learn something new in a new industry of title. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and venturing out to different breweries in the area.

Carey Aquilina, Esq.

Carey A. Aquilina, Esq. began her practice of law twenty years ago in Florida as a litigation associate at Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew. At Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew Carey handled all phases of civil litigation, including numerous bench and jury trials. Upon her relocation to California she joined the firm of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley and continued her litigation practice focusing primarily on insurance defense litigation and premises liability. In 1998, she joined the firm of Hayt, Hayt and Landau as a Senior Associate where she handled Creditor’s Right Litigation.

In 2003, Carey turned her attention to transactional law and accepted a position as a Settlement Attorney at Classic Settlements in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Then in 2008, she joined Tuscarora Title, now known as eTitle Agency in Leesburg, Virginia as Corporate Counsel and created a Short Sale Department to assist homeowners in Maryland, Virginia and DC to avoid the devastation of foreclosure. With her years of experience before Federal and State Courts, Carey was able to create a niche short sale practice that came to the aide of homeowners with the ability to leave their homes with dignity. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for LAWS, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and lives in Virginia with her husband of 21 years with their 4 children.