Loretta P. Drake – Paralegal
A rare “native” of these beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, I am a true Southerner, and proud of it, with my heritage and roots being firmly planted in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I have been happily married to my husband for over 23 years and have two grown boys. I enjoy being involved with the youth at my church, including teaching Sunday School to 5th graders at Mud Creek Baptist. I also enjoy traveling, vacations to the beach, movies of any kind, spending time with my family and friends, and at least 1 or 2 shop-‘til-you-drop shopping trips with my best friend near the holidays.
I have been employed in the legal profession since I was a teenager in high school, and came to work for Robert J. Deutsch, PA, in 1982, having come to the office after receiving my secretarial Associates Degree from Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville. I am also a Certified Paralegal, having been certified through the North Carolina State Bar.
I have an eye for detail and enjoy the diversity and complexity of the legal matters our office handles, and love helping our many clients with their various needs. I have worked to support Bob in every area of his practice from my first hiring until today, including litigation, estate planning and estate administration, personal injury, malpractice, real estate, and other legal matters. I also help in the accounting and administrative duties of the office. I currently spend much of my time focusing on the real estate area of practice in our office, but am always ready, willing and able to jump in and lend a helping hand in any other area when needed. I strive to give our clients the best possible service and take great pride in a job well done!
Doreen Shelton – Paralegal
I moved from New Jersey to the Leicester community in 1987 and have assisted in the legal field for more than 23 years. I began as a receptionist, working my way up to State Bar Certified Paralegal; I am a member of the Asheville Area Paralegal Association.
I enjoy the challenges of each new case and the lessons learned along the way. I have worked on many different types of matters, including personal injury, corporate work, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, real estate, estates, workers-compensation, criminal and domestic.
I have been married to my husband for 24 years and have five grown children and ten grandchildren. I enjoy, reading, movies, shopping and visiting with friends and family.
Susan Sparks – Paralegal
Susan Sparks is the newest member of the Firm, and works with Loretta in closing residential and commercial real estate transactions.