Results-driven and effective professional with experience in personal injury matters, foreclosure defense, and business litigation. Outstanding communication and organizational skills, proven ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, and talent for managing heavy workloads. Demonstrated capabilities in factual research, investigation, case analysis, and conflict resolution. Strengths include:
Legal Research & Writing * Litigation Preparation * Motions & Briefs * Workers' Compensation * Document Review
Trial Strategy * Client Relations * Workflow Planning * Records Management * Leadership & Teambuilding
LexisNexis, Westlaw, Amicus Attorney, MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Associate Attorney August 2013 to CurrentThe Accident Attorneys' Group, Inc － Newport Beach, CA
Conduct client intake consultations.
Communicate with medical providers, 1st and 3rd party insurance carriers, and opposing counsel regarding case and treatment status.
Draft demand letters, counter demand letters, and other correspondence used to inform clients and interested parties of case status.
Negotiate with insurance adjusters regarding settlement of my clients' personal injury claims as well as reductions in medical liens/bills with all medical providers.
Associate Attorney January 2012 to August 2013The Law Firm Of Fox And Fox － Los Angeles, CA
Draft and issue deposition and civil subpoenas.
Respond/propound all discovery for all family law and probate cases.
Additionally prepare correspondence and various motions to be filed with the court, including motions to compel and motion to deem admissions admitted.
Work closely with three other attorneys, a paralegal, an office assistant and a file clerk.
Prepared and filed three motions to compel responses to various discovery requests and one motion to deem admissions admitted after opposing side failed to respond to any correspondence.
Court sustained all four motions, ordering the admissions admitted and requiring the opposing side to provide verified responses for our client's Form Interrogatories, Special Interrogatories and Request For Production of Documents.
Court further ordered the opposing attorney to pay $3,600 in fees and costs.
Drafted a number of meet and confer letters regarding various discovery disputes.
Provided our argument, case law and pertinent sections of the Code of Civil Procedure to defeat the opposing counsel's arguments.
Law Clerk January 2011 to January 2012Stilwell & Associates － San Diego, CA
Conducted research and drafted memoranda citing case law and other authority for attorneys in local law firm specializing in foreclosure defense and business litigation.
Additionally prepared various motions to be filed with court including motion for clarification and motion to remand.
Supported day-to-day operations, corresponded with clients, and worked closely with attorneys, fellow law clerks, paralegal, and secretary.
Formulated successful motion to remand on behalf of client being foreclosed upon following failure to qualify for loan modification; identified 7 distinct causes of action including misrepresentation, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty based on defendant's actions regarding federal government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and uncovered specific case law to defeat opposing counsel's arguments.
Enlisted by attorney to investigate difference between partnerships and S corporations for client seeking to transition to S corporation but still allow his wife to receive shares; drafted detailed memoranda on "one-class-of-stock" requirement, number of shareholders, and types of stock necessary as well as creating questionnaire for client to supply all information needed to file S corporation paperwork.
Composed and filed effective objection to discharge on behalf of client who had been duped into giving large sum of money to pastor who subsequently filed for bankruptcy and was seeking to discharge his debt, citing case law to support argument that "donations" had been fraudulently obtained.
Law Clerk January 2011Law Offices of Robert J. Reynolds － San Diego, CA
Hired for clerkship with small personal injury and civil litigation firm, researching different legal principles and case law to utilize in briefs and motions.
Additionally worked with attorney seeking to transition into workers' compensation matters, examining litigation process and providing details pertaining to specific questions surrounding claims procedures and remedies for injuries/illnesses related to working conditions.
Received recognition from supervising attorney for well-written brief in preparation for mediation of slip and fall case; produced statement of facts in concise paragraph that downplayed client's pre-existing condition and exposed discrepancies in medical reports from before and after the injury.
Invited to attend mediation based on strong brief and played key role in convincing client to accept settlement offer based on the fact that his pre-existing condition would preclude him from securing multi-million dollar judgment.
Legal Assistant January 2006 to January 2008Law Offices of Dennis James Balsamo, APLC － San Luis Obispo, CA
Supported attorneys specializing in personal injury, misdemeanor criminal defense, and will and trust creation.
Scheduled appointments and monitored deadlines, corresponded with clients regarding case status/progress, and drafted demand letters, complaints, and discovery materials.
Increased settlement for client in slip and fall case from $1K to $10K by investigating California's "Mobilehome Parks Act" that requires owners of mobile home parks to maintain and inspect common areas to ensure safety of residents; drafted demand letter that cited regulations established by the act and cases that dealt with it, leading to speedy and satisfactory resolution.
JD : 2012Thomas Jefferson School of Law － San Diego, CAGPA: Magna Cum Laude (Graduated 13/175), Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Constitutional Law II, CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Constitutional Law II GPA: 3.63Magna Cum Laude (Graduated 13/175), Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Constitutional Law II, CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Constitutional Law II GPA: 3.63
Criminal Law/Procedure, Civil Procedure, Federal and CA Evidence, Community Property, Wills and Trusts, Torts, Contracts, Mortgage Law, Legal Writing, Remedies
MS : Sports Administration, 2009Valparaiso University － Valparaiso, INGPA: GPA: 83Sports Administration GPA: 83
BS : Business Administration, 2007California Polytechnic State University － San Luis Obispo, CABusiness Administration
Orfalea College of Business Scholarship
Member, California State Bar (#286138)
Member, California State Bar (#286138)
Attorney, CA, concise, Contracts, client, clients, government, inspect, insurance, Law, legal, Legal Writing, letters, litigation, materials, mediation, Excel, money, MS Office Suite, office, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, paralegal, progress, requirement, researching, research, safety, supervising, Westlaw, written
JD : 2012 Criminal Law/Procedure, Civil Procedure, Federal and CA Evidence, Community Property, Wills and Trusts, Torts, Contracts, Mortgage Law, Legal Writing, Remedies MS : Sports Administration , 2009 BS : Business Administration , 2007
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