Our Team 2017-02-17T17:05:51+00:00

Law Firm Administrator

Monique Bajalia

Monique Bajalia was born in Mt. Home, Idaho and later moved to Valdosta, Georgia with her family. Monique attended Valdosta State University, and in 1979, she obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology. In 1992, Monique began working as the Assistant to the Middle School Dean at Valwood School in Hahira, Georgia. Monique worked at Valwood School for approximately fifteen years.

In 2007, Monique left Valwood School and came to work at Bajalia Law Firm as the Law Firm Administrator. As Law Firm Administrator, Monique handles office personnel, as well as all other related business and financial matters for the Law Firm.

Throughout her life, Monique has lived all over the world. In addition to living in several states throughout the United States, Monique has also lived in Morocco, Ethiopia, Germany, and Mexico. Monique is also fluent in Spanish and French. Monique is married to Nick Bajalia, Esq., and they have six children. In her off time, Monique enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening.

Legal Assistants

Kelly Jenkins

Kelly Jenkins was born and raised in Tampa, Florida.  She has worked for several large Plaintiff law firms and has over 14 years of experience working in personal injury law firms.  Kelly joined Bajalia Law Firm, P.C. as a Legal Assistant in 2014.  She is married and has two children.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, sewing and spending time with her family.

Melissa Zeck

Melissa Zeck was raised in Valdosta, Georgia.  She has worked for several private law firms in the areas of bankruptcy, personal injury, and criminal defense.  Melissa jointed the Bajalia Law Firm in 2016 as a Legal Assistant.  Melissa has over 15 years of experience working in the legal field.  She is married and has two children.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and being outdoors.

Lancie Crumpton

Lancie has lived much of her life in Sparks, GA, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.  Lancie graduated from Valdosta State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Education.  Lancie joined the Bajalia Law Firm in June 2016.  When she isn’t working, Lancie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking.

Legal Secretary

Lisa Garcia

Lisa Garcia is currently a senior at Valdosta State University, studying Political Science and English.  Lisa graduated as Salutatorian from Valwood School in 2014.  She first joined the Bajalia Law Firm in January 2016 as an intern.  In August 2016, Lisa became a Legal Secretary at the firm.  During her free time, Lisa enjoys cooking, going for runs, and cuddling with her maltipoo dog.

Firm Investigator

Dr. Fred E. Knowles

Dr. Fred E. Knowles has been the Firm Investigator for the Bajalia Law Firm, P.C. since 2005.  Fred is also a tenured professor at Valdosta State University, teaching sociology, Native American studies and criminal justice;  an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa – College of Law in the Indian Jurisprudence Program; a member of the Tribal Bar of the Pascua Yaqui Nation; and the Chair of the Native American Studies Program at Valdosta State University;

Fred obtained his Associates Decree in Pre-Law from Hillsborough Community College in 1977; his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Valdosta State University in 1984; his Masters in Education from National Louis University in 1993; his Ph.D in Sociology and Philosophy of Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004; and his Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from the University of Tulsa – School of Law in 2013.

Prior to becoming a professor and investigator, Fred also served as a Deputy Sheriff, and later a Deputy Sheriff-Lieutenant, for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida, and also served four (4) years in the United States Air Force in the law enforcement field.

Fred has authored several publications between 2009 and the present; has been a presenter at numerous speaking engagements; and is an active volunteer in several community service programs.

Fred is married to Lavonna Lovern, and they have four (4) children and three (3) grandchildren.  In his spare time, Fred enjoys playing music and reading.

In Memoriam

Barry L. Hall – Firm Investigator

Barry HallBarry Lynn Hall was born to Frankie Joyce Hall and Caleb Anderson Hall on June 28, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina. Barry later lived in Guntersville, Alabama and Huntsville, Mississippi. Upon graduating from high school, Barry joined the United States Navy and became an aircraft mechanic. Barry was stationed aboard an aircraft carrier for most of his tour of duty. While stationed in Albany, Georgia for a brief period of time, Barry met Karen Ann Webb. Barry and Karen became engaged within three weeks of meeting, and married one year later, when Barry returned home from sea on January 27, 1973. When Barry moved to Valdosta, Georgia, Barry and Karen had their two daughters, Yolanda who was born in 1974 and Toyan who was born in 1976.

Throughout his life, Barry was a Pastor at several churches, including Ousley Baptist Church, DuPont Baptist Church and Benevolence Baptist Church. He was also the children’s church Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church for many years. Barry was also a member and elder at Bethany Baptist Church, and an Associate Pastor. At Bethany Baptist Church, Barry played the guitar for the praise team, designed and built the props for the annual Tribulation Drama, and built many props for Vacation Bible School. As part of his ministry, Barry also made wooden “Jesus Crosses” that he gave to people. In addition, Barry also served as a Board Member for the Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP), which is a group of individuals that provide basic needs for homeless and hurting members of the community.

In 1979, Barry began working for the Valdosta Police Department. Barry served as a motorcycle unit officer for a short period during his early years of policing. The motorcycle unit was disbanded, and all of the officers returned to regular patrol. Barry was later promoted to the detective division, and remained there for a number of years. Upon being promoted to Sergeant, Barry returned to the road patrol, and he became a field training officer. During his tenure with the Valdosta Police Department, Barry logged 2,084 hours of police training in areas including patrol, traffic, crime scene, photography, investigations, supervisory, and management. Over the years, Barry has trained many officers, and those officers still speak very highly of him. He also served as the Chaplain of the Valdosta Police Department. Barry worked for the Valdosta Police Department for 27+years, and retired in January of 2007.

Once he retired, Barry enjoyed the rest of his career with his close friend, Nick M. Bajalia, Sr., and his team at the Bajalia Law Firm, P.C. During his work with our law firm, Barry was responsible for comprehensive civil and criminal case investigations, including vehicular accident scene investigations, criminal investigations, locating potential witnesses, discovery of assets, and the preparation of courtroom exhibits.

On June 12, 2011, at the age of 61, and after a courageous 3 ½ year battle with cancer, Barry passed away. Barry will be long remembered for his passionate service to the Lord, his family, friends, church, and community. He is deeply missed by all members of our law firm, and his legacy will live forever in the community and in our hearts.