Tara Couture Attorney at Law
Attorney Tara Couture is the founder of Couture Law P.A. As a former Deputy City Attorney, Ms. Couture fought for justice for the people of the State. Today she lends her experience and dedication to justice to see that accident victim’s rights are ensured so that they receive all of the benefits and money damages they are entitled to. Ms. Couture has extensive legal experience in negotiation, settlements, and litigation in various types of legal matters, including, but not limited to, serious car, truck, motorcycle, or drunk driving accident claims. Her commitment to provide personal attention to her clients is her specialty because she believes that the impact on your life after a serious car accident should never be taken lightly. Call Attorney Tara Couture today for your free accident consultation.
- Current: Philanthropy and Continuing Legal Education Director for the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers
- 2019-2020: Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers FAWL Chapter Representative
- 2018-2019: Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers Board of Directors
- 2013-2014: Director of Publications/PR, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2012-2013: Treasurer, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2011-2012: Chair, Junior League of South Brevard
- 2011-2012: President, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers (BCAWL)
- 2009-2012: Member, American Inns of Court
- 2011: Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc.
- 2010-2011: Co-Captain, Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court
- 2010-2011: Director of Special Events, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2009-2010: Director, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
Brent A. Couture Attorney at Law
Brent A. Couture received his B.S. in Economics from the University of California San Diego, where he also lettered on the intercollegiate volleyball team. He began his education in the law at the University of West Los Angeles School Of Law, and then transferred to and graduated from Barry University School of Law in Orlando. He limits his law practice to plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.
Brent is the devoted husband of Tara and the proud father of two sons. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering to coach his boys’ basketball and soccer teams, as well as playing competitive volleyball, soccer, and basketball. He has also competed in professional beach volleyball tournaments around the country.
Brent is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, Barry University Law School Alumni Association, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), and the Florida Justice Association.
Marianne Heuberger Carter Florida Registered Paralegal
Marianne graduated from the post-baccalaureate paralegal program at the University of San Diego School of Law in 1988. She joined Couture Law P.A. when it was founded in January of
2010, bringing with her over 22 years of experience in the legal field. Marianne has an extensive background in both personal injury and wrongful death, which she has focused her career on since moving to Brevard County in 1997.
Marianne previously worked for several law firms in Brevard County which all specialized primarily in personal injury and wrongful death, including eight years with Childress & Charpentier, P.A., as the paralegal to Hubert C. Childress, Esq., until his retirement in 2007. Marianne then went to work for Donoghue & Holland as the paralegal to Gary L. Holland, Esq., through January 2010, when she left to pursue a promising career with Couture Law P.A., which she has found extremely rewarding. Marianne has extensive experience in case management and assisting attorneys with preparing cases for trial, and is well qualified to assist in the handling of personal injury claims, both prior to and in litigation.
In March of 2008 Marianne was one of the first paralegals in Florida to become registered with the Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal. She has also written several articles which were published in the Florida Justice Association Journal, a bi-monthly periodical for Florida trial attorneys.
- The Florida Bar, Florida Registered Paralegal
- Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
In addition to being dedicated to her work as a paralegal, Marianne was a volunteer, court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for eight years, giving her time to advocate for children of Brevard County who have been removed from their homes because of alleged abuse, abandonment, or neglect. She is also a former Brownie troop leader with the Girl Scouts of America.
Marianne is married to Doug, the Brevard County Assistant Fire Marshal, and together they have three daughters and one grandson. During her personal time, Marianne loves cooking, photography, traveling, art, camping and hiking with their dogs, exploring slot canyons in Utah, and playing board games with her family.
Amanda Gilstad Florida Registered Paralegal
Amanda grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida, but moved to the Melbourne area while still in high school, so she considers the Space Coast to be her true home. She attended Eastern State College where she obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Her hard work and determination paid off when one of her professors recommended her for an entry level position at one of Brevard’s largest personal injury law firms, which subsequently disbanded. Amanda’s responsibilities within the firm quickly grew and within a couple of years she became the lead Legal Assistant to another local law firm, where she worked for ten (10) years prior to joining Couture Law. Amanda’s knowledge, work ethic, and compassion allow her to effectively fight for you so you don’t have to fight with insurance companies.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, specifically her three children. Never the type of person to stay bored, Amanda has incredible stories of sky diving, parasailing, zip-lining, and shark-cage diving - to name a few!
Amanda is also active within the community and has volunteered for many different local organizations including, but not limited to, Nana’s House, Space Coast Light Fest, Space Coast Ballet Company, Brevard Soccer Alliance, and Keep Brevard Beautiful.
When she is not fighting for your rights, spending quality time with her family, or working to improve our community, Amanda enjoys going to the beach and nature trails, painting, traveling, yoga, and watching movies.
Shellie Hattaway Legal Assistant
Shellie joined the Couture Law Team in February of 2011. She has over 20 years of legal experience and was instrumental in setting our office up to test the e-filing system prior to its formal implementation with the Brevard County Clerk of the Court. Before entering the legal field she worked within the automotive industry, which allows her to assist clients navigate through dealing with property damage issues. Because of her extraordinary compassion and empathy for people, Shellie has proven to be a valuable asset in helping injured clients in the initial stages of representation as well as throughout all stages of our clients’ claims. A true native Floridian, Shellie was born and raised in Brevard County. She is also involved in the volunteering in the community and sits on the administrative board of a preeminent youth football and cheerleading organization. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, sports photography, anything Disney or Space related, traveling, and spending time with her family and her dogs.
Janice Driscoll Legal Assistant
Janice has been a part of the Couture Law team since 2012. She brought with her a wealth of experience working as a legal assist for both small and large law firms in Arkansas, south Florida, and Brevard County. Her extensive background includes assisting attorneys in the fields of civil defense, commercial law, criminal law, probate, and family law, but she has concentrated her career in Florida personal injury since 1999. Janice prides herself on her ability to work well with both medical providers and clients to ensure that their files are updated and organized, among many other responsibilities, with cases both in pre-suit and in litigation. Her husband, Rich, and she enjoy traveling, music, and entertaining family and friends.
Megan Harper Legal Assistant
Megan joined the Couture Law team in 2020. Using her knowledge from her previous experiences working in medical offices as well as in the customer service field, Megan has proven to be a valuable resource for the firm, assisting with obtaining medical records as well as many other documents in support of our clients' claims. She has a love for traveling, gardening, cooking and live music.