Paralegal with Bachelor of Arts Degree from ABA accredited paralegal program with over 7 years of experience in civil litigation, bankruptcy litigation, corporate litigation, medical mal-practice, multi-distric litigation (MDL), criminal defense and foreclosures. New to oDesk, but have been a
Paralegal with Bachelor of Arts Degree from ABA accredited paralegal program with over 7 years of experience in civil litigation, bankruptcy litigation, corporate litigation, medical mal-practice, multi-distric litigation (MDL), criminal defense and foreclosures. New to oDesk, but have been a virtual paralegal for the past 3 years for the same law firm which has allowed me to develop/perfect the unique skill set and discipline required to complete timely and high quality work in the virtual environment. Looking for that special client who desires a paralegal with dedication, discipline, loyalty and a great work product and who is willing to give me, an oDesk newbie, a chance to build up a client base. While working virtually over the past 3 years I have been responsible for building up high volumes of litigation cases and high profile criminal defense cases requiring little to no direction from supervising attorneys, including, but not limited to, case start up, initial settlement discussions, demand packages, drafting operative pleadings, conducting/overseeing the discovery phase, and complete trial preparation.
-Proficient in the use of MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OMEGA, Westlaw, Lexis, Casemaker, NATA database, PACER, Lenstar, CPAN, Nebraska Justice, Tlex, Nebraska Reports, Northwest Reporter and Nebraska Court Rules and Procedure.
-Exceptionally well organized, reliable and highly motivated, self starter and disciplined with the ability to
handle multiple projects and produce timely, high quality work.
-Strong analytical and human relations skills.
-Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies GPA: 4.0
August 2004 – May 2006, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE.
-Associate of Arts in General Studies
August 2003 – May 2004, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE.
Paralegal, Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, LLP, Omaha, NE (May 2010 – Present)
Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy & Criminal Defense
Paralegal, GWR Wealth Management, L.L.C., Omaha, NE (November 2008 – April 2010)
In-House Corporate Paralegal
Paralegal, Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan, P.C., L.L.O., Omaha, NE
(April 2006 - November 2008) - Civil Litigation
-General Civil Litigation, multi district litigation (MDL), insurance subrogation, insurance defense, trucking defense, criminal defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, bankruptcy litigation, white collar criminal defense and contracts, in Federal and State District and County court in multiple counties in Nebraska and Iowa.
-Work up cases in preparation for trial, including drafting Complaints, Answers, Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admission, Subpoenas, Medical and Employment Authorizations, affidavits, motions, demand packages, settlement releases, trial notebooks, exhibit notebooks, witness notebooks and other essential legal documents; assist at trial;
-Responsible for tracking statute of limitations and scheduling order cut off dates
-Analyze case materials for internal use and trial;
-Conduct legal research, identifying & analyzing appropriate statutes, case law, legal articles and other relevant materials;
-Conduct jury verdict research;
-Prepare legal memoranda on statutes, case law, agency rules and regulations;
-Review, analyze and summarize medical records;
-Conduct research on medical conditions/diagnoses;
-Summarize depositions and prepare question outlines for depositions;
-Prepare Excel spreadsheets to retrieve, organize and index case documents for large and complex cases;
-Interact closely with clients; and
-Respect client and firm confidentiality.
-Experience in handling the corporate, contract, real estate, and estate planning matters for a wealthy family;
-Create and maintain Limited Liability Companies and Corporations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado and Hawaii;
-Prepare Operating Agreements, Articles of Organization, Bylaws, Consents, obtain E.I.N. from IRS, prepare and file annual/biennial reports and prepare/maintain Corporate Minute Books;
-Responsible for preparing and maintaining various lease agreements for farmland, business entities and investment properties;
-Assist in preparation purchase agreements for residential and commercial properties;
-Conduct legal research, identifying & analyzing appropriate statutes, case law, legal articles and other relevant materials in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado and Hawaii;
-Assist in managing / transferring Trust assets;
-Manage property taxes due on numerous properties owned in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado and Hawaii;
-Manage annual charitable donations;
-Responsible for researching last Deeds of Record and maintaining files for each individual property;
-Responsible for creating and implementing new filing system.