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Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

CAREER SUMMARY Technologically-savvy Paralegal bringing 10+ years of legal expertise and commitment to supporting legal teams.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, exceptional knowledge of legal terminology, proficient in all Office as well as legal research platforms, and a genuine pursuit of and propensity for the highest ethical standards. Active knowledge of Louisiana Rules of Civil Procedure and skilled in preparing basic to complex legal documents and pleadings.

Skills
  • Document management
  • Drafting
  • Filing
  • Notebooks
  • Legal research
  • Letters
  • Litigation
  • Managing
  • Negotiations
  • Processes
  • Reporting
  • Supervision
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Exceptional writer
  • Litigation Support
  • Excellent Investigative and Reporting Skills
  • Legal Research
  • Document preparation
  • Negotiation
  • Case Management
Work History
Paralegal, Litigation and Small Claims/Sr. Paralegal, 08/2015 to Current
Ceridian CorporationMiami, FL,
  • Direct support to as many as four senior level attorneys, in a busy defense litigation, in-house law firm at a major insurance company.
  • Considerable active trial preparation/participation with regard to large litigation cases with multiple plaintiffs and defendants, involving large document management and e-discovery.
  • Proven track record of efficiently managing numerous caseloads of varying degrees and complexities for multiple attorneys, with minimal supervision.
  • Heavy case load management and assistance with all aspects of the litigation lifecycle from inception through appeal by coordinating pre-trial proceedings, participating in discovery activities, drafting motions, pleadings, and subpoenas, and obtaining witnesses.
  • Drafting of interrogatories and other discovery, as well as complex pleadings, discovery motions and orders for attorney review and approval.
  • Trial preparation: manage trial exhibits, prepare trial notebooks, maintain expert binders, draft jury instructions, perform jury research and communicate with experts and fact witnesses.
  • Review, analyze, and prepare chronologies of medical records.
  • Arrange and coordinate medical and expert witnesses.
  • Initiation, completion, and timely filing of expert peer reviews and counter-affidavits.
  • Facilitate negotiations and assist with the expediting of case settlement.
  • Assist clients with small claims hearings by preparation of trial briefs and exhibits, familiarization with court processes/procedures, and second chair appearances at trial.

  • Developed and managed up to [Number] [Type] cases over [Timeframe].
  • Created highly researched and articulate legal paperwork such as pleadings, contracts and briefs.
  • Coordinated trial exhibits by organizing materials, writing documentation and preparing digital materials and displays.
  • Researched [Type] laws and regulations and delivered analysis and assessments to [Job title]s.
  • Developed polished legal documents, including motions and briefs, to support litigation processes and court proceedings.
  • Managed day-to-day legal activities such as subpoena services for [Type] office with [Number] attorneys.
  • Examined and generated memos on statutory law, case law and federal and state regulations using online research databases, such as Westlaw, and print sources.
  • Adhered to privacy laws to avert possible information breaches and protect client data.
  • Drafted correspondence and [Type] documentation and disseminated materials to appropriate parties.
  • Assisted counsel in preparing answers, providing documentation and information for discovery request.
  • Directed and coordinated law office activities, including service of subpoenas and scheduling of depositions.
  • Prepared legal briefs, motions and pleadings.
  • Maintained ongoing communication with opposing parties from discovery to trial phase to facilitate expeditious litigation.
  • Communicated pertinent information to clients via phone, email and mail.
  • Conducted detailed client intakes and entered information into company database.
  • Assisted with client interviews using [Skill] and [Skill] and took meticulous notes for inclusion in reports.
  • Mitigated legal team's workload by reviewing and evaluating legal documents, including discovery materials and contracts.
  • Wrote and filed pleadings with [Type] court on schedule to maximize case success.
  • Conferred with clients and other involved parties to gather and track case information.
  • Researched state statutes, decisions, legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Assessed cases for probable outcomes by researching black letter law and other legal authority, comparing fact patterns to those of precedential cases.
Paralegal General, 05/2012 to 02/2016
ROBERT HALF LEGALCity, STATE,
  • Drafted a wide range of advanced legal documents including, transactional documents such as closing checklist, real estate contracts, civil litigation, corporate formation and UCC filings, and bankruptcy court pleadings.
  • Conducted legal research and analyzed legal issues under the direction of counsel.
  • Created and maintained large databases of discovery.
  • Coordinated case load, deadlines, and client engagement requirements.
  • Implemented searches on internal and external document databases and systems.
  • Assisted in gathering client information and documents necessary to respond to discovery and subpoenas.
  • Drafted objections to subpoenas, and compiled materials and outlines for depositions/trial.
  • Prepared summaries, chronologies, charts, and tables to assist in complex litigation management.
  • Identified and prepared all documents for production during discovery phase of case, including Bates numbering and redacting of privileged and confidential information.
  • Handled [Number] calls per [Timeframe] to address customer inquiries and concerns.
  • Resolved [Type] problems, improved operations and provided exceptional client support.
  • Resolved conflicts and negotiated mutually beneficial agreements between parties.
Paralegal, 04/2013 to 01/2014
SIMON, RESNIK, HAYES, LLPCity, STATE,
  • Bankruptcy.
  • Composed and filed Pre-Petition and Administrative Proofs of Claim.
  • Performed electronic filings in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the District of the Central District of California.
  • Outlined and responded to discovery.
  • Drafted and/or revised pleadings such as answers to complaints, settlement agreements, notices of appearance, pro hac vice applications, and affidavits of service.
  • Researched, reviewed and summarized the status of bankruptcy proceedings, motions and applications, and news articles to provide periodic updates to attorneys.
  • Maintained calendars of critical deadlines and service lists.
  • Interfaced with various case counsel regarding status, scheduling and other procedural matters.
  • Knowledgeable as to the local rules in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California.
  • Reviewed and summarized Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements for attorneys.
  • Interacted with Bankruptcy Trustees and Debtors’ counsel regarding various issues arising during pendency of customer’s bankruptcy cases, such as collecting on post-petition amounts owed by customers.
  • Monitored and submitted all monthly and quarterly compliance reporting with court and trustee.
  • Coordinated trial exhibits by organizing materials, writing documentation and preparing digital materials and displays.
  • Created highly researched and articulate legal paperwork such as pleadings, contracts and briefs.
  • Developed polished legal documents, including motions and briefs, to support litigation processes and court proceedings.
  • Adhered to privacy laws to avert possible information breaches and protect client data.
  • Researched bankruptcy loan files to confirm federal guideline compliance.
  • Communicated pertinent information to clients via phone, email and mail.
  • Assisted with client interviews using [Skill] and [Skill] and took meticulous notes for inclusion in reports.
  • Mitigated legal team's workload by reviewing and evaluating legal documents, including discovery materials and contracts.
  • Conducted detailed client intakes and entered information into company database.
  • Prepared legal briefs, motions and pleadings.
  • Assisted counsel in preparing answers, providing documentation and information for discovery request.
Paralegal/Office Manager, 02/2010 to 03/2012
STANLEY AND ASSOCIATES, PLLCCity, STATE,
  • All-around performance of paralegal tasks to managing partner and associates in busy litigation practice.
  • Prepared and formulated discovery requests, objections and responses.
  • Prepared pleadings, including, but not limited to, Complaints, Answers, Motions to Strike/Quash, Motions to Dismiss, and Motions for Summary Judgment.
  • Extensive medical and legal research.
  • Formulated deposition outlines, deposition designations, plaintiff profiles, case summaries, deficiency letters, deposition and trial exhibits.
  • Expert identification and development, client and witness interviews, mock jury exercise preparation/participation, extensive deposition and trial preparation.
  • Prepared concise, issue-pertinent, deposition and document summaries from voluminous document productions and deposition transcripts in numerous Criminal, Family, Insurance Defense, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, and assorted other legal matters.
  • Managed office operations and procedures, designed filing systems, reviewed and approved supply requisitions, and properly assigned and monitored clerical functions.
  • Supervised, mentored, and trained office staff.
  • Managed day-to-day legal activities such as subpoena services for [Type] office with [Number] attorneys.
  • Developed and managed up to [Number] [Type] cases over [Timeframe].
  • Developed polished legal documents, including motions and briefs, to support litigation processes and court proceedings.
  • Developed project management processes to improve cost-effective service to clients.
  • Examined and generated memos on statutory law, case law and federal and state regulations using online research databases, such as Westlaw, and print sources.
  • Evaluated multiple facets of substantive law, including domestic relations, property law and bankruptcy.
  • Assessed cases for probable outcomes by researching black letter law and other legal authority, comparing fact patterns to those of precedential cases.
  • Contributed to, maintained and updated online data repositories for accessibility and to reflect firm standards.
  • Assisted counsel in preparing answers, providing documentation and information for discovery request.
  • Reviewed Deed of Trust, Title Commitment and prior bankruptcies documents.
  • Conferred with clients and other involved parties to gather and track case information.
  • Maintained ongoing communication with opposing parties from discovery to trial phase to facilitate expeditious litigation.
  • Created and implemented all policies, work flow processes and work assignments.
  • Directed and coordinated law office activities, including service of subpoenas and scheduling of depositions.
  • Researched state statutes, decisions, legal articles, codes and documents.
  • Reduced project lags by coaching staff on best practices and company processes.
  • Contacted key witnesses to testify at court hearings.
  • Identified appropriate judicial decisions relevant to cases.
  • Created weekly, monthly and quarterly expense reports, including employee success and revenue reports.
  • Prepared legal briefs, motions and pleadings.
  • Established law library database accuracy by maintaining legal records to regulate disparities and perform updates.
  • Adhered to privacy laws to avert possible information breaches and protect client data.
  • Collected, drafted and maintained resources to provide comprehensive materials accessible to all firm lawyers.
  • Researched bankruptcy loan files to confirm federal guideline compliance.
  • Communicated with outside vendors on behalf of attorneys and legal departments.
  • Developed and coordinated training to maintain access to high-quality training materials.
  • Conducted detailed client intakes and entered information into company database.
  • Trained and managed [Number] employees in best practices and protocols to realize maximum productivity.
Education
No Degree: , Expected in
University of West Los Angeles - Inglewood, CA
GPA:

1L Witkin Award for Academic Excellence

AA: Paralegal Studies, Expected in
El Centro College - Dallas, TX
GPA:

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Resume Overview

School Attended

  • University of West Los Angeles
  • El Centro College

Job Titles Held:

  • Paralegal, Litigation and Small Claims/Sr. Paralegal
  • Paralegal General
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal/Office Manager

Degrees

  • No Degree
  • AA

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