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Sep 2009Present

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 2011Present

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 2010Jun 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 2005Aug 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 2001May 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.

19982000

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.

19761998

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

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

Paralegal Certificate

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

CaseMap and TimeMap Certification

CaseSoft

Certifications

Writing Sample

Publications

Paralegal Today magazine (Creative Computing Column Articles and Software Reviews) and other published writing:

- July/Aug 2009, Password Management Best Practices

- May/June 2008, Balancing Act: Deciding whether to upgrade or replace your PC, and review of Time Matters – Legal Series software

-Mar/Apr 2008, Good PC Practices: Keeping your system running optimally, and review of The Legal Assistant software

- Jan/Feb 2008, The Small Law Firm: Is technology a friend or foe?, and review of Workshare Professional software

- Nov/Dec 2007, The Latest in File Tracking: RFID and bar codes find their way to the law office, and review of Power LogOn Password Manager/Administrator software

- Sep/Oct 2007, Communication in Today’s Hi-Tech World: Tips for establishing professional e-mail etiquette, and review of PC Law software

- July/Aug 2007, Security in the Digital Age: Preserving privacy and confidentiality, and review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal software

-May 2007, TechnoLawyer (Techno Feature and Review) Cirilab Research Workbench and Right Click to Knowledge Series Suite: The Next Generation in Knowledge Management?

- May/June 2007, Software Planning and Budgeting, and review of Best Case Bankruptcy software

-Mar/Apr 2007, Making Paralegal Work Easier: More free Internet tools and gadgets (reprinted with permission in Pre§edents, The Official Publication of the San Diego Paralegal Association (May/June 2007), Vol. 32, Issue 3 and review of Cirilab Right Click to Knowledge Series software

- Jan/Feb 2007, Free Internet Tools for Paralegals:Building up your database of useful resources (reprinted with permission in Pre§edents, San Diego Paralegal Association (Mar/Apr 2007), Vol. 32, Issue 2 and review of LexisNexis CaseMap software

- Nov/Dec 2006, The File Factor: Free resources for sending large attachments, and review of LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage software

- Sep/Oct 2006, OCR It: Making strides toward the paperless office, and review of Corel WordPerfect Office software

- July/Aug 2006, When You are Away: Safe solutions for remotely accessing your PC, and review of Amicus Attorney software

- May/June 2006, Legal Blogging: How paralegals can enter the blogosphere (feature article and cover story)

- Mar/Apr 2006, Building Knowledge Bank: A legal electronic research database can save time and money, and review of CT Summation iBlaze software

- Jan/Feb 2006, Exploring Electronic and Medical Records: Online services can simplify document retrieval

- Nov/Dec 2005, Turning the Tables: Programs to create a professional-looking Table of Authorities, and review of USlegalforms.com service

- Sep/Oct 2005, Taking a Stab at the Numbers: Bates numbering software analysis for paralegals and review of Concordance and Opticon software

- July/Aug 2005, Learning to Fly: Adobe’s acrobatics can make life easier, and review of askSam software

- May/June 2005, 25 Reasons to Make the Switch: Why paralegals should consider changing from WordPerfect to Word (feature article)

- Nov/Dec 2005, Quoted in full-page advertisement by CaseSoft

- May/June 2004, Featured in A Winning Hand: 5 tech-savvy paralegals are dealt a royal flush with their top 5 technology picks

My Strong Points

·Highly knowledgeable, respected individual commended for exhibiting good judgment and excellent logical thinking in making sound decisions.

·Motivated, dedicated, and hard working with technical management experience specializing in analysis of technological issues relevant to the paralegal profession.

·Possesses excellent presentation and communication skills with unparalleled work ethics and strong attention to detail; uses logic and reasoning to determine alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

·Offers solid knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules.

·Easily adapts to change, with the ability to set effective priorities to achieve both immediate and long-term goals.

Public Speaking

May 2009,Lafayette Paralegal Association Luncheon CLE Guest Speaker “Making Paralegal Work Easier with Free Internet Tools and Gadgets”

Oct 2006, Estrin Legal Education Paralegal Super Conference Breakout Speaker, “The Paralegal’s Role in Brief-Writing”

Dec 2003, Lafayette Parish Bar Association CLE By-the-Hour Presenter, “Mastering the Trial Notebook”

Sep 2003, Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar Co-Presenter, “Document Production and Organization for Litigation Paralegals in Louisiana”

Apr 2002, Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar in Lafayette

Co-Presenter, “Effective Legal Writing for Paralegals in Louisiana,” along with Donald Ray Cravins, Jr., Attorney at Law

Mar 2002, Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar

Co-Presenter, “Mastering the Trial Notebook in Louisiana”

Aug 1999, Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar

Co-Presenter, “Document Gathering, Production, and Management for Litigation Paralegals in Louisiana”

July 1999, Lafayette Paralegal Association Luncheon Guest Speaker, “Paralegals and the Internet”

Feb 1999, Institute for Paralegal Education Seminar Co-Presenter, “Internet Strategies for the Paralegal in Louisiana”

Professional Associations

Peer Recognition