Welcome to Watson & Carroll


Our Litigation Team

Ashley was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha North High School. Ashley’s journey into the legal field began in 2003, when she became a receptionist for an Omaha law firm (coincidentally, at the same firm at which David Handley was working, and with whom she works now). In 2005, Ashley became a legal assistant at Berkshire & Burmeister. Later, Ashley worked with Rich Schicker, and, in 2018, Watson & Carroll happily welcomed Ashley to the team.

Ashley both enjoys and excels in working with people, legal procedures, and deadlines. Being a paralegal allows Ashley to combine and utilize her three professional aptitudes in a way that helps people who need it most. Ashley’s favorite part about working at Watson & Carroll is being able to assist our injured clients in finding appropriate treatment and legal closure. In this way, being a paralegal is more than just a job for her. For that and many other reasons, Ashley is a perfect fit for Watson & Carroll.

Outside the office, Ashley spends time with her amazing family, including her four children. Ashley’s hobbies are vast and diverse, and her artwork is impressive. At any given time, you will find her working on three to four separate projects, some for fun and some at the request of charitable fundraisers. Ashley loves to complete projects with her children for the fun of it and says her projects keep her grounded.

Litigation Team | Workers' Compensation | Watson & Carroll
Ashley Lantis


Abby Reid


Abby is a planner by nature. She has a deep appreciation for the gradual process of organizing day-to-day details and deadlines in order to secure the most important long-term goals and priorities at hand. Preparing early for multiple possible outcomes, she seizes the opportunity to foresee and forestall potential issues before they become problems. This passion for assembling smaller details into larger results is used daily in Abby’s role as a Paralegal.

Originally from Omaha, Abby graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. She was recognized with the dual honors of Outstanding Essay in Literary Criticism and a Special Award for Outstanding Work in English Studies, focusing primarily on Shakespearean works. Upon relocating back to Omaha, Abby held roles in the worlds of project management and administrative assistance before being drawn to the legal field by a strong desire to help others, especially those who need the strongest support from their community. She began as a legal secretary in the practices of family/juvenile law and criminal defense, later progressing as a legal assistant and ultimately a paralegal.

When Abby is not lending support in the office, she’s busy providing support at home as a companion to her pets, an elderly dog and a ferret. Since her dog is now blind, Abby is her “seeing-eye human,” teaching her to navigate the world with confidence. When not outdoors with her pets, Abby enjoys curling up with them indoors to either read a good book or write a new story.

Cindy was born and raised on a farm in Montevideo, Minnesota, before moving to Iowa in 1982. She and her husband live just south of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, on a farm that has been in the Jorgensen family more than 100 years. They have two sons, along with a grandson.

Cindy worked for Rawlings Law Firm in Sioux City for 30 years. Her experience consists mainly of defense litigation in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury, giving her a unique perspective to her current cases.

Cindy joined Watson & Carroll in 2019. She is very detail-oriented and brings many organizational skills to the job. As one of the founding employees in the Sioux City office, her keen eye and willingness to help with any task, big or small, are of incredible value.

Always on the go, Cindy enjoys a multitude of activities, including riding her and her husband’s Harley, boating, escaping to warmer climates, quilting and rooting for the Chicago Bears.

Cindy Jorgensen


Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota

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