Erica Sokolowski

Summary

Paralegal with a broad range of legal expertise.Exceptional interpersonal, communication and writing skills.Highly organized and detail-oriented.Efficiently manages projects and time to meet deadlines.Equally comfortable working in groups or individually.Productive and efficient without supervision and under pressure.Adept at assessing situations to find the most cost-effective solution.

Work History

Work History
May 2010 - Oct 2010

Contract Paralegal Assistant

Perkins Coie, LLP

Worked with attorneys and paralegals on patent and employment litigation:

  • Prepared, analyzed and produced documents to opposing counsel
  • Organized and evaluated documents and exhibits from hearings, trial, and opposing counsel
  • Classified and circulated deposition transcripts to attorneys and paralegals
  • Maintained and updated case files, productions, transcripts and indices of same
Jan 2010 - May 2010

Contract Paralegal

Gould & Ratner, LLP

Worked with attorneys in contract litigation:

  • Hired to assume the role of head paralegal on the most extensive case in the litigation department
  • Arranged, organized, assembled, maintained, and created indexes for and of documents used at deposition
  • Drafted letters and notices of deposition to plaintiffs and opposing counsel
  • Electronically completed errata sheets and transcripts for Plaintiff review
Oct 2009 - Dec 2009

Contract Paralegal/Project Assistant

Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney, LTD

Worked with attorneys and other paralegals on toxic tort litigation cases:

  • Reviewed and examined medical records; corresponded with Central Records Depository to ensure that the firm’s medical files were complete; organized records and updated charts to represent such
  • Attended motion call hearing in Madison County, Illinois, with attorneys; drafted and filed motions; notified attorneys and other paralegals of pleadings as they were posted on Lexis-Nexis
Jan 2006 - Feb 2009

Project Assistant

Latham & Watkins

Worked with paralegals and attorneys on litigation, case management, and trial preparation:

  • Hired to work on the largest patent litigation case in the Chicago office
  • Personally selected to be the only tax litigation Project Assistant
  • Maintained several cases simultaneously and pursued client needs to completion
  • Sustained complex files, pleadings, and correspondence electronically and manually
  • Attended hearings and followed up with paralegals and attorneys to ensure case completion
  • Implemented document reviews with paralegals in locations across the country
  • Interviewed and found new clients at the Domestic Violence Clinic; managed files and discovery
  • Experienced in the litigation, tax, finance, and environmental areas of law
Sep 2002 - Jan 2006

Writing Center Consultant

Columbia College Chicago

Assisted students with their writing and managed the files for each student:

  • Worked one-on-one with writers on improving the quality of their writing
  • Increased students’ confidence and helped to develop a higher level of investment in success
  • Created Modern Language Association, Revision, and Invention workshops to be used in a traditional classroom
  • Utilized interpersonal skills, data-basing, filing, recording and maintenance of computerized attendance records

Education

Education
Jun 2005 - Jan 2006

Certificate

Roosevelt University

Graduate-level program approved by the American Bar Association.  Received honors.

Skills

Skills

Westlaw

DTE

Interwoven/Filesite

Microsoft Office