Drafted documents for attorney review including but not limited to Complaints, Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss, Discovery Requests and Responses, etc.
Prepared a variety of documents for a class action lawsuit, including interrogatories and responses.
Learned the Workers Compensation process in Chicago and worked closely with lead attorney specializing in defending workers compensation claims.
Sharpened research skills by reviewing client files including complex medical issues and a variety of other issues in many areas of law.
December 2008 to April 2012
Law Office of Peter Burdi, P.CChicago, ILOffice Manager
Provided loss mitigation solutions for struggling mortgagors: Loan Modifications, Short Sales, Deed In Lieu of Foreclosure, etc., during the largest real estate/foreclosure crisis in recent history Kept up to date on all Federal, State, & Local regulations effecting mortgages/lenders/fed.
Loan modification programs, including HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) Handled the day to day business operation including, but not limited to hiring, firing, budgeting, payroll, & marketing Balanced over 100 active client files, while managing the day to day activities of other employees in the office Created and managed an office wide database, which included a shared spreadsheet of clients and progress on each case.
February 2008 to August 2008
Weltman, Weinberg and Reis, L.P.AChicago, ILLegal Assistant II
Mastered the foreclosure process for the largest full service real estate firm in the Midwest, in their newest branch located in Chicago.
Handled the entire foreclosure department for the Chicago branch of W.W.
with one other legal assistant and one attorney.
Balanced up to 60 files in different stages of the Foreclosure process, & created/formatted 15-20 legal documents per day for attorney review & submission to the courts.
Utilized & quickly learned an older DOS system/data management program, after becoming accustomed to newer point and click interface software (IE: Perfect Practice, ACT, & HotDocs).
September 2007 to February 2008
Kluever and Platt, LLCChicago, ILJudgment Specialist/Paralegal
Mastered a new role at a mid-size real estate law firm specializing in representing mortgage companies in residential foreclosures Adapted quickly to a new set of responsibilities, including learning the entire Judgment process in Cook County/Chicago, IL Prepared the entire judgment package for every foreclosure filed, a 20+ page document, at a rate of 5-10 per day; including Notices of Motions, Motions for Default, Summary Judgment, Inter-county Judicial Sales, as well as the associated Orders for attorney review Maintained a contact with County Sheriffs & Clerks in order to stay abreast of requirements & filings in eachForeclosure Case Strengthened knowledge of client websites & e-commerce sites, particularly gained exceptional knowledge working in New Track.
September 2006 to June 2007
Feiwell and Hannoy, P.CIndianapolis, INBid Specialist/Paralegal
Quickly learned the entire foreclosure process from scratch at the largest Real Estate/Bankruptcy law firm in Indiana; at that time, the state with the highest rate of foreclosure per capita in the country Thrived at a new role while maintaining a constantly increasing caseload & averaged 50 hours per week while learning a complex position Prepared foreclosure sale papers, at a rate of about 10 per day, including Sheriff's Deed, Assignment of Judgment, Certificates of Service, etc.
for attorney review and submission to the courts Adapted to constant requirement changes from the state & 92 county governments, while the firm went through a period of transition due to a merger with a large conglomerate Strengthened mathematical skills while using BPOs/Appraisal Values, Interest Rates, & taxes due, to compile a bid for foreclosure sales.
John Marshall Law School Chicago, Illinois Juris DoctorTeacher's Assistant: Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution (Prof. Hodge)
Arbitrator: Mock Arbitration for ADR
Completed Herzog Moot Court Competition (Spring Semester 2012)
Indiana University Bloomington, IndianaHistory Political Science and Criminal Justice Bachelor of ArtsHistory Political Science and Criminal Justice