About The Firm

Mario J. Zappia, Attorney at Law

He is a life long resident of Indiana. After graduating from St. Joseph High School in South Bend he went on to attend Northwestern University where he played football and received his B.A. in Political Science. From there he received his law degree from Valparaiso University.

He has served on the board of governors for the St. Joseph County Bar Association since 1995 and was President from September 2001 to June 2003. He has been the Attorney for the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District since 1991 where he helped implement a county wide recycling program. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. He is also a Certified Family Law Specialist – Family Law Certification Board and a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator. He has been practicing law for 24 years and primarily focusing families.


Brandy L. Henderson, Paralegal

She has Associates Degrees in criminal justice and paralegal studies, both from Ivy Tech Community College where she graduated with magna cum laude honors with a 3.8 and 3.5 GPA respectively. She currently holds the Primary Seat on the Board of Directors for the Michiana Paralegal Association where she is the liaison between the local Paralegal Association and the National Federation of Paralegals Association.

Her primary emphasis is to be the communication connection between Mario and their clients. She provides legal research and trial preparation, as well as focusing on the individual needs of clients.

Jessica Ribaudo, Paralegal

Starting as a filing clerk for St. Joseph County while still in high school, she has been working in the legal field since 2000. After her daughter was diagnosed with Autism, Jessica developed a special interest in both family law and the rights of the disabled. Jessica is a member of the Michiana Paralegal Association. Like Brandy, Jessica frequently serves as a point of contact between Mario and his clients, as well as providing legal research and documents.