About The Legal Examiner

At The Legal Examiner our goal is to deliver timely, useful and relevant news with a focus on the law and how it interacts with our lives. From the courtroom to the boardroom, from the workplace to home, the law touches us all each and every day. We intend to show you, the reader, many of those interactions and why they matter to you. We will bring you news at the national, state and local level, whether it’s a product recall, an important court decision or a lawsuit that could have far-reaching implications. And we will do that with depth and context to provide a better understanding of today’s important issues. Our team of experienced journalists is here to help, whether it’s offering up tips on a collaborative divorce or a deep dive into the major legal issues of the moment. And we want you to help us provide the best coverage possible. Have a complaint? Compliment? Tip? Story suggestion? Email us at news@legalexaminer.com. Because our most important skill is listening.

Meet our amazing team.

Roy LeBlanc

Roy LeBlanc

Managing Editor

Roy joins the Legal Examiner after a long career as an editor at the Tampa Bay Times. He has worked in both news and sports, from a long stint as Clearwater bureau chief to assistant sports editor to assistant metro editor. At the Times he supervised teams of reporters who covered, at various times, just about every beat there is, including local government, the environment, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the justice system. Prior to arriving at the Times, he was managing editor of the Dedham Daily Transcript in his native Massachusetts.

Elaine Silvestrini

Elaine Silvestrini

Staff Writer

Elaine has more than 25 years of experience covering legal issues, including at the Tampa Tribune and the Asbury Park Press. She was awarded a fellowship to Journalist Law School at Loyola in 2011. She has also won numerous awards, including several for her work on tax identity fraud. After the Tampa Tribune closed in 2016, she was an assistant investigator in the Federal Defender’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Staff Writer

Katherine has covered business, parenting, the arts and other beats since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990. After stints at the Greenville News in South Carolina and the Charlotte Business Journal she spent 23 years at the Tampa Bay Times as a reporter,  parenting columnist and magazine editor.