Meet the Velawcity Team

Bringing Experience and Professionalism

The Velawcity team consists of a powerhouse of seasoned paralegals with vast experience working in law firms and/or corporate legal departments. Whether you seek to save money in corporate filings and retrievals or access expert paralegal assistance, Velawcity is your cost-effective trusted partner. Velawcity strives to build a productive business relationship with each client, and serve as a seamless, responsive team member. Our work product will meet your most demanding criteria.

Our team is knowledgeable, professional, and cutting edge…

Denise Annunciata

Denise AnunciataDenise Annunciata is the President and Founder of Velawcity. Denise has  33 years’ experience as a corporate  paralegal and is a serial entrepreneur.  From 1985 to 2000, Denise was a corporate paralegal and paralegal manager in various corporations and law firms.  After leaving Ropes & Gray in 2000,  she founded LeapLaw™, a legal knowledge base for corporate legal professionals.  in 2006, Denise founded Virtual Paralegal Services, Inc., which she operated until 2015 when she sold both companies. During a three-year noncompete, Denise imagined a new and improved, version 2.0, legal services company.  Hence, Velawcity Legal Support Services was launched in October 2018.

 Denise earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Paralegal Certificate from Bentley University. 

Read About Denise in The ABA Journal – Legal Rebel

Diane Stachowski

DianeDiane Stachowski has over 15 years’ of experience as a corporate and M&A paralegal having held positions at various national and international law firms and in-house.

Diane has vast knowledge and experience with entity organization, dissolutions, registrations/withdrawals, M&A, conversions nationwide and transactional assistance in all 50 states. Diane efficiently and effectively assists with drafting consents, and transactional needs, from due diligence to closing binders.  Diane has considerable experience handling UCC searches and financing statements, promissory notes, warrants, stock purchase agreements, voting, ROFR, investor rights agreements, and intellectual property searches and filings.  She is well versed in facilitating authentication/legalization process for documents needed internationally.  And, last but certainly not least, Diane is a certified Carta Expert.

Diane has a B.A. in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University.

Diane started with Velawcity in August 2023.

Phyllis Cummings

Phyllis CummingsPhyllis is Velawcity’s Lead Securities Paralegal. Phyllis has over 24 years’ experience as a senior paralegal working in major law firms, corporations and at the Securities Exchange Commission. Phyllis has worked in all capacities of the business life cycle from startups, M&A to dissolutions for public and private companies. The latter includes Reg D filings, FINRA applications and corporate actions (forward and reserve splits, name changes, etc.) and most recently a new specialty in crowdfunding and Reg A registrations. Phyllis has prepared commercial loan underwriting packages for SBA loans, and private money in the capital markets. Phyllis also has significant IP experience including TM and copyrights. Lastly, Phyllis is an approved FINRA filer and SEC registered Transfer Agent.

Phyllis holds a BA in Business Management and a Paralegal studies at University of Phoenix. Phyllis is an adjunct instructor in Paralegal Studies at Weber University.

Tara Holmes

Tara Paralegal support staff

Tara has over 24 years’ experience specializing in corporate, franchise law, contract management and negotiation, workers compensation and bankruptcy.  Tara has a commanding knowledge of negotiating contract terms and strategic needs for all commercial contracts including contract management/administration.  Tara is proficient in the preparation of all corporate filings in all 50 states.   Tara has vast experience in franchise law and compliance, including Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD) and related amendments, organizing and preparing annual update to FDD and state registration process.  

Tara has a B.A from Stetson University with a major in political science.  

Meghan Lane

Merghan Paralegal support staffMeghan contributes to Velawcity’s services by not only managing all office support needs, but Meghan also assists with IRS filings such as 83b filings, 966, SS-4, etc. She also assists with Carta input of data and general management and with the preparation of manual stock certificates. Meghan also assists with document management and other administrative functions. Meghan’s assistance and willingness to jump in wherever the need appears, accentuates Velawcity’s team efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness. 

Meghan graduated from the New England Conservatory. 

Meghan has been with Velawcity since January 2022.

Mantas Leisis

Mantas LeisisMantas is a Global Law Specialist with over 7 years of experience in corporate legal field worldwide. Working as a lawyer at global companies in Europe and providing legal international services for large corporate structures worldwide, Mantas has become a worth trusty professional with wide range of experience in corporate governance. Main fields of practice: company incorporations and dissolutions, corporate changes and annual compliance in various jurisdictions. Mantas received his Bachelor degree in Law from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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