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Background 

Extensive civil litigation experience, both plaintiff and defense, in catastrophic injury claims, including medical, pharmaceutical and dental malpractice, emergency medicine, fetal malpractice, elder abuse, sexual abuse case, prosthetic devices, wrongful death and product  liability . 

Broad understanding of traumatic injury, iatrogenic injury, medical conditions, disease and pathology. Uniquely skilled in analysis of medical issues and theories of liability.  Experienced with client management, medical research, medical record review and liability analysis, retention and preparation of expert witnesses, drafting and response to discovery and motions, including motions for summary judgment and oppositions, settlement conference, arbitration and trial briefs. Initiated and managed  settlement negotiations through litigation. Highly effective in negotiation of liability and damages in mediation and settlement conferences. 

Employment History

2009Present

Owner

Eureka Paralegal Services

Independent contract - litigation support

Supervise defense medical examinations, medical record analysis and review, medical research, retain and manage experts, preparation of  discovery and responses, motions and oppositions, including motions for summary judgment, settlement conference and arbitration briefs, investigation and interview of witnesses,  preparation of cases for trial, including evidence, witnesses, experts and clients.

Sep 2014Oct 2015

Contract Paralegal

Law Offices of Steven L. Martin

Independent contract employment: Review medical records, including preparation of detailed written analysis of treatment, liability and damages for use in negotiation of claims; medical research;  draft motions, oppositions, mediation and settlement conference briefs.

Oct 2012Present

Contract Paralegal

Ardalan & Associates

Independent contract employment: Review medical records, including preparation of detailed written analysis of treatment, liability and damages for use in the examination of parties and witnesses during the pendency of litigation; medical research; routinely attend Independent Medical Examinations; assist in preparation of clients and witnesses for depositions; retain and manage expert witnesses and evidence; write mediation and settlement conference brief.

Aug 2009Present

Contract Paralegal

John Buzas/Gabriel & Assoc.

Contract employment: observation of medical examinations, review  and analysis of medical records, preparation of discovery and responses, retain and manage expert witnesses, attend and participate in settlement conferences.

1983Present

Litigation Paralegal

Civil litigation firms specializing in Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Malpractice, Product Liability and Catastrophic Injury claims.

Responsible for all aspects of litigated cases, from inception to settlement or verdict:

Preliminary analysis of claim, medical records and evidence; interviewed and assessed client and witnesses, developed theories of liability and damages; researched medical issues involved in claim.

Claims involved profound injury and wrongful death arising from medical, pharmaceutical and dental negligence, medical products and devices, pharmaceutical products, general personal injury, auto accidents, construction defect and premises liability.

Injuries, traumatic or iatrogenic, involved complex medical, dental and psychiatric issues, accidents, products, prosthetic implants and obstetric/fetal, anesthesiology, psychiatric, neurology, orthopedic, geriatric/nursing home, dental and pharmaceutical malpractice.

Attended medical examinations, inspections, expert depositions, mediations, settlement conferences and trial.

Propounded and responded to discovery; drafted discovery motions, motions for summary judgment and oppositions; drafted settlement, mediation and trial briefs.

Retained experts, identified liability issues, prepared experts for deposition testimony.

Attended and actively participated in settlement negotiations with opposing counsel, mediators and judges during mediations and mandatory settlement conferences; attended and assisted partners in arbitration and trial.

Credited with facilitating settlement in cases involving complex medical issues.

Broad understanding of medicine, nursing and medical management in claims arising from both acute and chronic disease, in clinic and hospital settings, resulting in injuries and/or permanent disability; dental, medical and orthopedic prosthetic devices and neurologic/brain damage with permanent residual injury requiring long term custodial life care planning.

1983Present

Litigation Support

Parrish, Moriarty & Smith

Defense firm specializing in Federal Workers' Compensation

Asbestos and Mesothelioma claims

19791983

Litigation Support

Bralley & Bentley

Workers' compensation defense firm

  • Billing, accounts receivable and payable
  • Drafted correspondence, discovery, medical record review and claim analysis

Education

1984

University of California, Los Angeles

School of Law/Paralegal Studies
1980

University of California, San Diego

Continuing Education

Advanced Fetal Monitoring and Legal Implications (3)

Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine

Brain Attack Seminars (2)

Breast Cancer Forum

Medical Ethics & Legal Medicine

Diabetes

Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiac Health

Interactions and Complications in the Use of Pharmaceuticals

Nephrology Update

Concepts in Emergency Medicine