Jennifer Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz received her B.A. in American Studies with a pre-law concentration from Meredith College in 1990. She completed the Paralegal Program at Meredith College in 1990, and is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal. Ms. Schwartz joined Schwartz & Shaw in 1993. She serves as both the Paralegal for the firm, and the Law Firm Administrator.

Jenny is the proud mother of Ellie, her black lab.

Sophie Bean

Sophie Bean graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2019 where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. Sophie was eager to start a career in Raleigh after she graduated. She joined the Schwartz & Shaw team in June of 2019. She is now the Legal Administrative Assistant to Laura Crumpler, Mary Barnard, Grace Sykes, and Jennifer Schwartz. 

In her free time, Sophie enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, exploring the great outdoors, and, of course, cheering the Wolfpack to victory.

Cynthia McDade

Cynthia McDade received her A.A. in Legal Secretarial Science from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York.  Ms. McDade has over 25 years of legal experience working in some of New York City’s largest and most prestigious law firms as a legal assistant, word processor, and technical trainer.  She joined Schwartz & Shaw in 2015 and is the legal assistant to Richard A. Schwartz and Rebecca M. Williams.

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Betsy West

Betsy West received both her BA (English) and MEd (Counselor Education) degrees from NC State University where she was also a Caldwell Fellow.  She worked in the NC Department of Public Instruction for 27 years, serving in multiple roles, including Assistant Personnel Director and Consultant to the Director of DOI Operations.  Following her work in DPI, she then served the NC State Board of Education for 17 years, ending her service to the Board as the Executive Director for Policy and Operations.  Following a brief retirement, Betsy joined Schwartz and Shaw in July 2020 where she serves as the Legal Administrative Assistant to Brian Shaw, Katie Cornetto, and Brandon McPherson. 

Pamela Brown-Sheba

Pamela Brown-Sheba serves as Schwartz & Shaw’s Assistant Office Manager.  Prior to joining the firm in February of 2020, Pamela spent 18 years working as an Administrative Assistant for the Detective Bureau in the Wayne, New Jersey Police Department. Prior to that, she worked for numerous years at the Public Defender’s Office as a Legal Secretary for the Juvenile Department, as well as an Administrative Court Clerk for Superior Court.  She loves volunteering her time and getting involved with various charities, including Community Policing, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), and Special Olympics.  She moved to Raleigh from Clifton, New Jersey to be closer to family and enjoys spending time with loved ones.  She is the proud mother of two sons, Mazi and Adeem. 

Shannon Davis

Shannon Davis joined the Schwartz & Shaw team in April, 2018. Shannon is originally from Maryland and moved to North Carolina 4 years ago.  She is the Legal Administrative Assistant to Rachel Hitch, Rachel Nicholas, and Dr. Amy Clay.  

Ms. Davis has an extensive work history in different areas of litigation, some of which include insurance defense, personal injury, and worker’s compensation.  In Shannon’s free time, she enjoys working out, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her 2 kitties, Mocha & Riley. 

Taraza N. Tyler

Taraza N. Tyler received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in 2010, where she graduated with honors. She joined Schwartz & Shaw in the Summer of 2017, where she serves as the Billing Coordinator and Social Media Marketing Assistant.

Taraza is a Duplin County Native. She is a proud mother of her daughter, a diehard NCCU Eagle Fan, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.




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