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Desire a Challenging Position as Legal Assistant to Help Lawyers Prepare Legal Documents, Maintain Records and Files, and Conduct Research.
A highly talented, knowledgeable and experienced Legal Assistant with proven track record of giving top assistance to Corporate Member/Partner in Litigation and Bankruptcy Practice; Sr. Associate in Products Liability Litigation practice, including all facets of secretarial and paralegal responsibilities; independently worked client files relative to client and attorney case status, self-taught and trained on Bankruptcy Software.
Summary of Qualifications
Over 12 years of legal exposure.
Proven ability to work independently in all aspects of Litigation, including Family Law, Corporate Bankruptcy and Commercial Real Estate.
Immense ability to discover and prepare trial for Plaintiff and Defendant representations.
Outstanding communication (written and spoken), drafting and computer skills.
High sense of diligence and ability to effectively multi-task several complex assignments with tight deadlines.
Strong critical thinking skills.
Proficiency in computer applications (Word processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
Proficiency in developing excellent relationships with coworkers and clients.
Great ability to work independently and with a team "to get the job done".
Remarkable skill at organizing work and resolving problems that arise in day to day activities.
In-depth ability to work with difficult clientele in a respectful and courteous manner.
Observant, intuitive and conscientious with great attention to detail.
Deep ability to institute and conduct all phases of office procedures.
Uncommon competency with most office equipment including; personal computers, fax, copiers & printers.
Strong computer skills and knowledge of many software and online applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook, QuickBooks, Word Perfect, Hot Docs, Voice Wave Transcribe & West Law.
Yyles & Mark, Stony Point, NY 2002 - Present Legal Assistant
Assist in preparation of trials.
Conduct legal research.
Digest and index information obtained prior to trial.
Gather information in preparation for lawsuits.
Maintain complex dockets and files.
Perform office procedures in the everyday running of a legal office.
Prepare and interpret legal documents.
Prepare pleadings, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
Research factual and legal issues.
Draft criminal and civil appellate briefs.
Maintain complex dockets and files, both manually and electronically.
Prepare documents and organize materials for civil and criminal trials.
Schedule appointments, court appearances, and depositions.
Type memos and correspondence.
Yyles & Mark, Stony Point, NY 1998 - 2002 Legal Assistant
Answered questions and furnished information to keep executives' time free of minor detail type of work.
Responsible for managing all aspects of the office which included; recruiting and supervising support staff, managing all incoming and outgoing correspondence, ordering and dispersing office supplies and maintaining highly complex client files.
Prepared legal documents, such as pleadings, discovery and correspondence, using various software programs.
Filed and served all legal documents with the courts and opposing counsel.
Made all travel arrangements for the firm.
Tracked and recorded all billable hours for each file.
Maintained a calendaring tickler system.
Prepared presentations using power point software.
Managed and maintained web based applications, including time recording and matter management system, legal department website, and contracts gateway.
Global Institute, Stony Point, NY 1993 - 1998 Legal Secretary
Prepared simple to moderately complex legal documents, briefs, contracts, agreements, pleadings, and court papers and correspondence.
Maintained time records for billing purposes.
Performed extensive client contact.
Provided PA and admin support which included managing diaries, organizing meetings, arranging international travel processing invoices and expenses and general departmental administration.
Organized and maintained files.
Prepared general correspondence, typing and proofreading documents.
Provided timely and accurate processing of all work requests, including but not limited to Legal and Risk projects.
Assisted in taking and compiling minutes for the Risk Management Council on a monthly basis.
Maintained time and attendance records of Risk Associates in New York.
Created and maintained a litigation database and hard copy filing system.
Education and Professional Certification
New York University, NY
BA In Law (1998)
New York University, NY
High School Diploma in Law (1992)
Computer Skills: Windows, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Word, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexus, Lotus Notes and Excel