Summary

Paralegal / Legal Assistant specializing in research and writing of various legal documents, with focus on Briefs, Motions and Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Work experience

Work experience
Nov 2004 - Present

Paralegal

Ingo Brauer, Attorney at Law

Research and preparation of motions, Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus, and other legal memoranda using Word and WordPerfect Draft correspondence using Microsoft Word and WordPerfect. Preparation of supporting exhibits for motions and hearings. Research of legal issues using online sources and hardcover materials. Preparation of Judicial Council forms online. Preparation of legal documents and conversion to PDF format for online filing using Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and CutePDF Writer.

Apr 2005 - Apr 2008

Paralegal

John F. Bradley, Jr., Attorney at Law

Paralegal for civil attorney specializing in disputes, breach of contract, collections, loans, checks, a/r, judgments enforced, commercial claims, sales of goods, services rendered, construction disputes, personal injury. 

  • Research and preparation of motions and other legal memoranda. Draft correspondence using Microsoft Word. Preparation of supporting exhibits for motions and hearings. Research of legal issues using online sources and hardcover materials. Preparation of Judicial Council forms online. Preparation of legal documents and conversion to PDF format for online filing using Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and CutePDF Writer.
Oct 2004 - Mar 2005

Paralegal

McAlister & McCarthy

Drafted correspondence and pleadings, including cross-complaints, and responses to discovery. Prepared "demand packages" to insurance companies, in personal injury disputes by preparing exhibits and charts in support of proposed settlement. Researched using online sources and hardcover materials.  Completed civil Judicial Counsel forms using Legal Solutions.

Jan 2004 - Sep 2004

temporary staff

Various firms in No. California

Various jobs through temporary placement firms and personal referrals, including work as file clerk, legal secretary, and/or project assistant with firms including Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati; Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe; Geron Corporation; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; and Forge & Associates (Fireman's Fund, San Francisco branch).

  • Updated and filed materials relating to cases in office libraries. Reviewed documents per date criteria, changed confidentiality status, and redacted documents using Introspect online database. Indexed documents using Microsoft Excel. General preparation for offsite storage. Reviewed case rooms and records department to verify location of various documents.
Mar 2003 - Nov 2003

Paralegal for construction defect firm

Law Offices of Bustamante & O'Hara

Reviewed and organized client documents for production to document depository. Indexed and coordinated documents for delivery to depository. Prepared for and attended site inspections and destructive testing of subject property. Drafted correspondence and pleadings, including cross-complaints, and responses to discovery. Prepared matrices and summaries. Researched using online sources and hardcover materials. Completed civil Judicial Counsel forms using Legal Solutions.

Jun 1996 - Mar 2003

Paralegal's Intern (school breaks. etc.)

Geeta Gujral

Prepared wills, living trusts, and related documents. Completed federal bankruptcy forms using Legal Solutions software. Drafted pleadings using Corel WordPerfect. Formatted Corporate Agreements using Microsoft Word.

Jun 2002 - Mar 2003

Paralegal's Intern

Above the Rest Document Services

Note - Actual months worked were June 2002-August 2002 and January 2003-March 2003Prepared wills, living trusts, and related documents. Completed federal bankruptcy forms using Legal Solutions software. Drafted pleadings using Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word.

Jun 2000 - Aug 2000

Summer Legal Intern

Legal Services Program

Investigated cases and researched issues using various sources. Prepared pleadings and other memoranda under attorney supervision. Observed client interviews. Organized and updated law library materials.

Jun 1995 - Sep 1999

Writer, Focus on Youth Section

India West Newspaper

Wrote brief articles covering various topics for youth section of nationwide South Asian Indian newspaper as assigned

Education

Education
Aug 2002 - Dec 2002

Attorney Assistant Training Program

UCLA Extension

*ABA-approved paralegal certificate program offered in conjunction with UCLA School of Law

Sep 1995 - Jun 1999

BA, Sociology

University of California, San Diego

Activities and Societies:

  • Sangam South Asian Indian Organization 
    • (Publicity Chair 1997-1998; Community Service Chair 1998-1999)
  • Revelle College Life & Times Newsletter (1995)
  • UCSD Band (1995-1996)

Skills

Skills

Judicial Council Forms

Familiarity with online Judicial Council forms Familiarity with Legal Solutions

Microsoft Office

Familiarity with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Microsoft Office Document Scanning, Microsoft Office Document Imaging, Outlook

Legal Research

Familiarity with online databases LexisNexis, Westlaw, LexisOne, Findlaw Familiarity with hardcover research materials, including Witkin, ALR, CLR, journals, and Key Number Digests

Certifications

Certifications

Notary Public

State of California