Kim Plonsky

Kim Plonsky

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Paralegal :: Launch Pad NOLA

Jurisphere Muse, LLC

Paralegal services, including case management using CaseMap software, legal research and writing, new entity formation, contract drafting, auto title transfers, affidavits, notary services, and general litigation paralegal servicesmanagement. Columnist and software reviewer for Paralegal Today magazine.

January 2005 - Present:  Write for Paralegal Today, a national magazine forparalegals; produce articles, including Creative Computing column and legal software and product reviews; as well as periodic feature articles on technology as it affects the paralegal profession.

Jun 2011 - Present

Office Manager/Paralegal

Sangisetty & Samuels, L.L.C.

I recently accepted a position as Paralegal/Office Manager for this brand-new law firm, having left my prior firm with Kara Samuels, a partner with whom I worked closely. I was offered this position due not only to my vast experience as a senior paralegal, but because of my knowledge and passion for legal technology.

I've been a Louisiana paralegal for over 30 years, working for firms both large and small, and was a freelancer for a number of years. I am a technology enthusiast and enjoy finding innovative ways that technology can help lawyers in their practices. I have, from time to time, worked as a software trainer, in-house at the firms where I have worked and at seminars for paralegals.

For several years, I had the privilege of writing a column, called Creative Computing, for Paralegal Today (formerly and now incorporating Legal Assistant Today), and also reviewed legal software for that national publication for paralegals.

I have a real passion for law office technology and am often sought out by colleagues, friends and co-workers regarding software choices, tips and tricks, and troubleshooting. My favorite legal software program is CaseMap (for case analysis and much more), which I consider essential. I also consider Adobe Acrobat core, essential software for litigation paralegals.

I enjoy all types of writing, especially related to technology, and have researched and written legal briefs (including writ applications and appeals, as well as oppositions) at the state trial, appellate and supreme court level. Figuring out how to solve problems and navigate bureaucracies are also specialties I enjoy.

I am a Louisiana Civil Law Notary, and have vast experience preparing other types of legal documents (e.g., incorporation papers, general contracts, operating agreements, affidavits, etc.).

Specialties

Civil litigation (all phases); legal research and writing; legal technology software (including Acrobat, CaseMap, Summation, Excel, Powerpoint, and Word); corporate formation and filings.

Feb 2010 - Jun 2011

Senior Paralegal/Class Action

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

At this position, I quickly learned and then mastered my job as a Senior Paralegal in mass tort/class action litigation.  In addition to traditional software products that were provided, such as Microsoft Office and Worldox, I recommended and then put into place various software products that were instrumental in successfully managing this complex litigation, including Adobe Acrobat, CaseMap, Dropbox, and Legal55 for timekeeping.  I was often called upon to assist with troubleshooting software problems and teaching co-workers how to more effectively use software and other technological devices , which I very much enjoyed.

May 2005 - Aug 2009

Paralegal

Craig A. Davis, APLC

Carried out home-based work, specializing in civil litigation for personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice; commercial litigation; and workers' compensation.  Provided legal writing of all types, mainly drafting legal briefs in state and federal courts and at lower and appellate court levels, while performing technology advancement and implementation as well as general paralegal work.

Feb 2001 - May 2005

Paralegal

Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan

Provided hands-on case and document management, trial preparation, legal research and writing; drafted pleadings and other documents; assumed full responsibility for the formation of corporations and limited liability companies, trial attendance, and other general paralegal and notarial roles.

1998 - 2000

Paralegal (Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice)

J. Minos Simon, Ltd.

Communicated with existing and prospective clients and/or witnesses to complete investigations and extensive legal research.  Visited accident sites; created trial and appellate briefs, lawsuits, motions, and legal memoranda; attended trials; upheld the law library; and promoted The Devil in the Law: A Judicial Moral and Juridical Decline, a book by the late J. Minos Simon.

1976 - 1998

EARLIER CAREER

Leonard & Leonard, Ltd.:  Paralegal/Office Manager

Preis & Roy, PLC:  Senior Paralegal

Susie F. Veillon Deposition Service:  Shorthand Court Reporter

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith:  Senior Paralegal

Guglielmo, Lopez, Tuttle, Hunter & Jarrell:  Secretary/Legal Assistant

Cochran, Rooke & Craft:  Secretary/Legal Assistant

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC:  Legal Secretary

Bienvenu, Foster, Ryan & O'Bannon:  Legal Secretary

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Web Master

Designer, creator, and Web Master for Lafayette Paralegal Association Web site.

Software Specialist

Adept at learning, using, implementing and training others in new software products in the modern law office.  Always searching for new technologies to streamline work flow and increase productivity.  Windows PC and Mac proficient.  Advanced expertise in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Worldox, CaseMap, Snagit, QuickBooks, and many other law office software products.

Certifications

Certifications

Paralegal Certificate

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

CaseMap and TimeMap Certification

CaseSoft