Driven legal professional who thrives in high stress, high-pressure environments and situations involving constant change and vast ambiguity in data and instruction. I specialize in eDiscovery procedures and litigation support technology.
Specialty in Complex Commercial Litigation, Securities Investigations & Litigation, Employment & Labor, International Disputes and IP Litigation.
Excellent investigative and reporting skills
Excellent Project Management skills.
Certified Relativity Review Specialist
Federal & State ECF submissions
iManage Work 9.3 (Administrator and End User)
Concordance (Administrator and
Case Notebook (Administrator & Power User)
Relativity with Analytics,
Excellent investigative and reporting skills
Strong legal background
Strong work ethic
NY Notary Public
Litigation Support & Paralegal Manager, 11/2015 to Current Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP – New York, NY
Perform management tasks as the firm's IT Coordinator of the outsource IT vendor; Provide vendor support analysis and assess financial and operational costs of the implementation, training and maintenance of previous litigation support specific software and firm-wide hardware/software for the purpose of improving efficiency;
Develop and maintain industry best practices, protocols and procedures with in-house litigation support to assist attorneys and support teams in project execution;
Advise the founding partners, office manager and IT vendor on the implementation of hardware and data security measures to insure compliance with industry regulations; Recommend cost-effective solutions to bridge any gaps in compliance;
I was the technology manager for the firm-wide hardware upgrades and document management system migration;
I assessed and recommended technology and document management systems that would improve productivity and efficiency; Facilitated the firm's document management system migration from Worldox to iManage that was successfully completed in the first quarter of 2017;
Manage and maintain litigation support and trial management software and product licenses;
Manage and maintain approved vendor relationships and supervise analysis of quality of services and costs; Perform assessments to ensure vendors are able to meet current litigation support requirements and industry standards; Responsible for negotiation and approval of e-discovery vendor invoices;
Draft and initiate firm Paralegal Training Program and manual;
Promote and facilitate training modules for junior paralegals, ensuring efficiency and use of best practices; Work with Office Manager to cross-train Administrative Assistants in paralegal tasks;
Manage paralegal caseloads and hours ensuring balanced workloads; Provide performance feedback for all paralegals; Select, interview and onboard paralegal and legal intern candidates;
Provide on-site technology training for software and hardware for all firm members;
Handle all aspects of the discovery process focusing on eDiscovery including budgeting, intake, identification, preservation, collection, processing, analysis, review and production of ESI for Commercial, RMBS, Art Law Litigation, Third-Party Subpoenas and Estate matters;
Perform tasks as eDiscovery Project Manager including overseeing onsite and offsite contract document reviewer teams;
Collect and process of ESI in Ipro eScan-IT, Concordance and various other review platforms for document reviews and productions; Create coding layouts, document review batches, and reports within Relativity or other review platforms;
Manage production of discovery responses and subpoenas; Review sufficiency of written and discovery responses for compliance with case law rulings; Review and code documents for production in Concordance and Relativity; Draft document production logs and privileged logs;
Prepare witness preparation materials for depositions, trials and mediations; Prepare exhibits for use during depositions, trials and mediations; Maintain transcripts repositories in Case Notebook;.
Assist attorneys in preparing for trials by preparing exhibits and creating trial presentation databases within Trial Director;
Coordinate logistics for local and out of state trials and mediations;
Provide in courtroom support during trials; Operate trial presentation software at trials and arbitration hearings;
Research state statutes, decisions, legal articles,
codes and documents.
Senior Paralegal, 11/2013 to 10/2015 Littler Mendelson, P.C – New York, NY
Drafted various pleadings, and motions papers, including but not limited to Notices of Appearances, Answers, Stipulations, Letter Motions, Notices of Motion, Orders to Show Causes, Pro Hac Vice Admissions;
Coordinated and oversaw receipt and intake of client documents in accordance with discovery requests and protocols;
Handled the written and documentary discovery process; Drafted discovery requests and responses for attorney review; Coordinated production of documentary responses, review sufficiency of written and documentary responses; Reviewed and coded production documents in Relativity; Drafted document productions and privileged logs;
Drafted FOIA and FOIL requests to NYS Department of Labor, Unemployment Appeal Board, EEOC, NYSDHR and Social Security Administration; Indexed and processed records and files received from Government agencies;
Coordinated the creation of database in-house or litigation support firms; Coordinated receipt and transfer of documents for document imaging using Case Notebook to perform deposition summaries, word searches and provide links to written and imaged databases;
Coordinated and executed the paper and/or e-filings of pleadings and motion papers for Federal and State Courts;
Tracked Court alerts and maintained calendars of Federal and State matters;.
Coordinated and assist in trial preparation;
Drafted Proposed Pre-Trial Order;
Coordinated compilation of trial binders, trial exhibits, and demonstrative exhibits; Assisted with the preparation of motions in limine, jury instructions, witness and exhibit lists;
Coordinated and manage case team preparation for arbitration and mediation proceedings;
Performed cite checking and shepardizing of briefs, pleadings, memoranda and legal journal articles;
Supervised and trained junior paralegals and office assistants ensuring efficiency and best practices;
Communicated with outside vendors on behalf of attorneys and legal departments;
Directed and coordinated law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
Senior Paralegal, 06/2005 to 11/2013 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr – New York, NY
Developed and managed paralegal support for up to 250 cases, including one of the largest Multi-District Litigation matters in U.S. History.
Evaluated the need for document databases and work with Litigation Support to create such databases using the most efficient technology;
Managed and maintained discovery data in Concordance, Ipro, Recommind, Relativity, Introspect, ADI and LiveNote;
Managed and trained paralegals, project assistants, and temporary staff on firm processes and best practices;
Provided litigation support for various Litigation matters including but not limited to Patent Litigation in the ITC, Complex Securities Litigation, Securities Enforcement and Investigations, FINRA Enforcement and Investigations, Antitrust Defense, International Arbitrations and Multidistrict Litigation;
Prepared and coordinated documents for Corporate Deal Closings;
Assisted with the management of Pro Bono matters including but not limited to divorce actions, Immigration matters and criminal defense;
Performed cite-checks, bluebooking and compiled table of authorities for court filings;
Performed factual analysis and research, based on document review, witness interviews and other sources;
Assisted attorneys and coordinated the paper and/or e-filings of pleadings and court documents including but not limited to Applications for Pro Hac Vice Admission, Notice of Appearances, Subpoenas and Stipulations;
Researched and obtained case-related litigation documents from local, state and federal courts and government agencies;
Collected, processed and reviewed paper documents and electronically stored information from client offices, third parties and opposing parties in accordance with industry best practices;
Performed document coding and data entry in Documatrix database;
Prepared and maintained document tracking and chain of custody indices; Organized and managed large document productions; Coordinated and prepared documents for production including the creation of redaction and privilege logs;
Assisted attorneys in the preparation for depositions, including the preparation of witness files; Maintained deposition files and exhibit files and indices;
Prepared trial binders, trial exhibits and exhibit lists; Coordinate transportation of trial materials; Provided war room and court trial support;
Coordinate and assist in trial preparation; Coordinate compilation of trial binders, trial exhibits, demonstrative exhibits, coordinate arrangements for equipment and use of offsite trial facilities;
Coordinated, prepared for and supported trials, International arbitration and mediation proceedings in addition to set-up of remote offices both locally and out of state when necessary;
Acted as liaison between multiple attorneys involved in complex legal issues.
Temp Paralegal, 08/2005 to 10/2005 Dechert LLP – New York, NY
Reviewed and flagged privileged documents in hard copy and in IPro;
Created privileged document binders;
Prepared and coordinated document productions to government agencies.
Paralegal, 01/2002 to 05/2005 Bonina & Bonina P.C – Brooklyn, NY
Conducted detailed client intakes and entered information into company database;
Prepared case for investigation by requesting clients' medical records and other relevant documentation;
Investigated facts and laws to determine causes of action and to prepare cases;
Drafted and filed Order to Show Cause motions, Complaints and discovery request motions;
Managed case files and progress from intake until settlement and/or trial;.
Handled trial preparations by coordinating our clients and expert witnesses, arranging for blow-ups and other trial materials;
Attended and provided in court room support including but not limited to handling of trial exhibits and demonstratives;
Drafted settlement agreements, motions for approval of settlement, settlement plans and dissolution papers;
Coordinated with government agencies, insurance companies and financial institutions during settlement process with respect to potential liens; Coordinated with annuity companies and banking institutions to set up lifetime annuity funds for minor plaintiffs;
Communicated pertinent information to clients via phone, email and mail.
Bachelor's of Science: Paralegal Studies, May 2000 Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry, NY
Graduated with Cum Laude Honors
Recipient of Mercy Scholars Scholarship
Master of Science: Legal Studies, Current National Juris University - Phoenix, AZ
Certified Relativity Review Specialist, NY Notary
Public, Federal & State ECF submissions, Cite-checking, Bluebooking,
iManage Work 9.3 (worked with earlier versions including FileSite and WorkSite),
Worldox 3.0, Concordance (Review & Processing), UltraEdit, UltraCompare, Introspect,
Case Notebook (Administrator & Power User), Relativity with Analytics, Brain
Space, KROLL OnTrack, LiveNote, Adobe Acrobat Pro, IPro, eScan-It, Case
Central, Applied Discovery (ADI), Recommind, Inference Discovery Database,
Nuix, PACER, SCROLL, E-Track, EDGAR, Lexis/Nexis, Best Authority, Westlaw Next,
Drafting Assistant, Trial Director, Windows 7 & 10, Microsoft Office 2013,
DTE Axiom, PC Law.