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Skills

Research (legal)
Code and case law research for history and treatment of issues.  Shepardize cases.  Internet research.
Document prep (legal)
Prepare initial complaints, responsive pleadings, motions for attorney review.
Discovery
Preparation of discovery requests; review/organization of responses received; use of discovery materials received to prepare case.

Work experience

Aug 2006Present

Paralegal / Owner

First Choice Paralegal Group, LLC
  • Provides paralegal support on as-needed, contract basis. 
  • Prepares pleadings and legal documents and correspondence
  • Prepares, answers and organizes discovery
  • Interviews clients and witnesses and prepares them for trial
  • Performs legal research
  • Performs background investigations for Guardian ad Litem cases
  • Assists in pre-trial preparation, prepares exhibits and trial binders, and assists attorneys at trial
  • Areas of expertise:  family law:  custody, visitation, divorce, support; civil litigation, bankruptcy, post-conviction, personal injury
Feb 2003Dec 2006

Paralegal

Law Offices of Monica J. Chernin
  • Prepared legal documents including pleadings, property settlement agreements, discovery, briefs and rebuttals.
  • Created trial exhibits, prepared trial binders and assisted in pre-trial preparation 
  • Assisted the attorney at trial 
  • Interviewed witnesses and prepared them for trial 
  • Met with clients to discuss and prepare discovery responses, prepare for trial, etc. 
  • Responsible for calendar control, docket control and preparation of correspondence.
Jul 2001Feb 2003

Paralegal

Robert P. Dwoskin, Esq.
  • Composed and prepared legal documents: complaints, appeals, motions & pleadings, as well as general office correspondence
  • Met with clients to collect infomation
  • Prepared bankruptcy petitions and a variety of immigration filings
  • Primary point of contact for clients
  • Responsible for calendar and docket control
  • Assisted attorney in collecting documentation for civil, workers comp, personal injury and other cases
Aug 1994Jun 2001

Paralegal

Law Offices of Monica J. Cherin
  • Prepared legal documents including pleadings, property settlement agreements, discovery, briefs and rebuttals.
  • Created trial exhibits, prepared trial binders and assisted in pre-trial preparation 
  • Assisted the attorney at trial 
  • Interviewed witnesses and prepared them for trial 
  • Met with clients to discuss and prepare discovery responses, prepare for trial, etc. 
  • Responsible for calendar control, docket control and preparation of correspondence.

Education

Institute for Paralegal Education

Paralegal Ethics:  10/15/08

Witness Preparation for Paralegals: 10/08

Paralegal's Guide to Creating a Trial Notebook:  2008

Bankruptcy Guidelines for the Paralegal:  6/12/08

Organizing Discovery Documents:  5/22/08

19781981

Montgomery College

Professional Presentations

Career Opportunities for the Independent Paralegal, Presented to: Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations Statewide fall conference

Panel member

October 2008 

General Law Office Administration for the Paralegal,

Presented to:  Institute for Paralegal Education

Live seminar

March 2009

Financial Law Office Management

Presented to:  Institute for Paralegal Education

Live seminar

March 2009

Becoming an Independent Paralegal

Presented to:  Institute for Paralegal Education

On-demand webcast

April 2009

Ethics for Paralegals in Small Towns/FIrms

Presented to:  Institute for Paralegal Education

webcast seminar

December 2009

Becoming an Independent Paralegal Part 2:  Planning and Execution

Presented to:  Institute for Paralegal Education

webcast seminar

May 2010

Summary

As an independent paralegal, I work under attorney supervision

providing highly experienced paralegal support on an as-needed basis. 

  • All of my work is directly billable to the client, at the firm's standard paralegal rate
  • The firm incurs no cost of overhead:  no employment taxes, no benefits, no payment for down time
  • I can provide ongoing or per-project support
  • Virtual office support also available
  • Can perform all tasks normally assigned to an on-site paralegal:  document prep, client/witness interviews, research, trial prep, courtroom support, exhibit preparation, organization/preparation of discovery
  • You get all the benefits of an experienced paralegal AND support that is tailored to your firm's individual needs

Objective

Provide contract/virtual paralegal support to attorneys and law firms.  Paralegal services can be provided as needed:  long term, project-specific, overflow coverage, etc.  Make use of extensive experience and skills to assist attorneys, and learn new areas of law/develop new skills.