While working within the legal environment I have managed projects, paralegals, and departments. Other experience includes working on mass litigation cases involving hundreds of clients as well as assisting the solo attorney grow their practice. In addition to managing cases and law offices, I have assisted in the training of first and second year lawyers in the practice of law. My writing experience consist of drafting legal pleadings ranging from complaints, trial briefs, appeals briefs, agreements, and other various and routine legal documents within the law office/department. These writings were utilized in bankruptcy, civil, criminal, administrative, governmental agency, and corporate law areas. Additional writing experience includes writing self-help legal articles in the areas of bankruptcy, civil, family, worker's comp, and tax law. My experience also includes working with individuals in preparing legal documents to present to the court, with or without an attorney. Additional experience includes document review for pre-litigation and discovery purposes, and legal research using LexisNexis and Westlaw to determine the viability of legal arguments. Once the document review and research was completed, I prepared motions and memorandum for the assigned attorney to review for submission to the respective court, whether federal or state. As a paralegal with such diverse attributes and skills, I can assist any person ranging from a law firm looking to outsource work, to the individual or business owner looking to lower their cost, as well as the solo attorney who needs to contract work to achieve their budgeted goals. For more information visit www.demetrecetheparalegal.com
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Over the past 13 years, I have gained extensive experience over several areas, including law, inside and outside sales, business management, personnel and HR, insurance, retail, and several other fields. I have a bachelors degree in communication, and just received my Juris Doctorate. My research and writing skills are impeccable and I have a wide array of interests and subject matter expertise areas. I am located in the central United States and am a native English speaker. Please take a look at my oDesk feedback and my test scores, and contact me if you have any questions about my abilities. I would love the opportunity to put my skills to work for you!
* * Attorney licensed to practice in Maryland * * Available for: legal and/or legislative research; drafting and/or reviewing memorandum, briefs, and contracts; consultation on a wide variety of civil, municipal, administrative, property and land use matters. Experience and professional focus: (1) Civil & Administrative Litigation – Legal and legislative research. Drafting briefs, motions, and other pleadings for circuit and appellate courts. Judicial and administrative hearings before various State and County agencies, as well as circuit and appellate courts, with a focus on land use, land development, land planning, zoning and various property torts. (2) Municipal Law – Legal representation of three municipalities. Preparing legal opinions, interpretations, and recommendations with respect to State, County, and municipal statutes, regulations, and ordinances. Drafting and amending municipal ordinances and resolutions. Negotiating and drafting contracts with various State and County agencies, as well as with private entities. Attendance and participation at public hearings and closed session meetings. Advising municipal councils and committees of proper procedures under the Open Meetings Act. Explaining complex legal issues to the municipalities and their residents. Collaboration with various State and County agencies to investigate and resolve disputes.
I have a sincere interest in the law and am looking for projects where I can gain experience in research, document preparation, and various other aspects of representing the best interests of others. I am hard working and headstrong, and I guarantee I will become an essential asset to any team. My background consists of researching and writing briefs and memorandums of law, drafting pleadings, as well as reviewing, analyzing, and organizing discovery. I have personal access to legal search engines, including WestLaw, PACER, and InCite (LexisNexis), and have experience in legal fee collection and asset tracing. Prior to becoming a paralegal, I worked over 10 years as a freelance transcriptionist in the medical, legal, and general business fields. My typing speed is 98 wpm and I guarantee a high-quality transcript every time. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and have experience interpreting in the legal and medical fields, as well as translating Spanish-English and English-Spanish documents.
I have worked primarily as an assistant for over eight years, most of those years as a legal assistant, and I would love the opportunity to provide my outstanding skills and services to companies on a virtual platform. I have an abundance of experience creating Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets. I have spent countless hours answering telephones, sending and responding to emails, overseeing schedules, contacting clients, managing extensive files, researching a multitude of topics, creating documents, and tending to the daily professional responsibilities of those I have worked for. My multitasking and time management skills are matched by no other. I am extremely conscious of deadlines. I am a team player but can also work well independently with little instruction. I know how to form excellent relationships with clients and take joy in knowing that clients can always count on me to be there when they need assistance. I am exceptionally organized and extremely detail-oriented. I can master any and all tasks given to me. I have superb communication skills and am fluent in both spoken and written English. I am honest, trustworthy and reliable. I understand the importance of time sensitive material and will handle all confidential information with the utmost integrity. My skills and experience would be nothing but an asset to a company. I look forward to being able to prove that!
Experience in business and legal matters that include; appellate civil and criminal, forensics, civil litigation, non-profit formation and governance, bankruptcy, creditor/debtor issues, trademark registration, family law and labor law, FMLA / FLSA / ADA / EEO, Veterans Benefits. Proven experience in legislative review,bill drafting, and extensive experience working with legislative bodies, and conducting legislative advocacy. I provide clients flexible hours of availability to accommodate varying time zones, and needs. I deliver thorough, accurate paralegal and consulting services and "out of the box thinking". Driven to win, excel and deliver. Fully "wired in" with high speed internet, research databases and conflict checking.
I have over 12 years of experience in Executive Administration and Leadership. I am a hardworking, fast learner that is detail-oriented. I have excelled at previous jobs that involved computer research, document creation, timeline management and multi-tasking under high-pressure circumstances. My manner is polite and professional. I possess excellent communication and time management skills that would be a benefit to your organization. I have previous work experiences in Real Estate, Office Management, Construction Management, Public Relations, Marketing as well as being a Personal Assistant to a multi-corporation business owner.