Paralegal January 2014 to CurrentCory, Knight & Bennett Farmers Insurance Exchange － Troy, Michigan
Provided paralegal support to the staff counsel attorneys in defense of the company and its insured by preparing motions for summary disposition involving first and third party claims under the Michigan No-Fault Act; prepared applications for leave to appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals; prepared legal opinions for presentation to the claims department; prepared and disseminated status updates on new opinions issued by the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court; other duties as assigned.
Michigan Assigned Claims Plan PIP Claim Representative January 2014Titan Insurance Company － Troy, Michigan
Receive and evaluate new PIP claims assigned through the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan.
Initiate eligibility investigation; gather medical records and bills; determine the need for IMEs and schedule as needed; determine reasonable and necessary benefits for payment; communicate with counsel; set reserves accordingly.
Staff Counsel January 2013 to January 2014Law Offices of Michael J. Peseski The Hartford － Troy, Michigan
Paralegal January 2012 to January 2013Cory, Knight & Bennett Farmers Insurance Exchange － Troy, Michigan
Performed research and writing activities for in-house counsel; Prepared motions, pleadings, case evaluation summaries, legal opinions, and drafts of research activities; Assisted attorneys in preparing for civil litigation; Researched, gathered, and compiled data on legal cases using LexisNexis; Prepared summaries of research; Met with clients to assist with answering interrogatories; filed documents at various local courts and tribunals; Performed related duties and responsibilities as required.
Asset Forfeiture Specialist/Legal Analyst January 2011 to January 2012Primus Solutions, Inc － Detroit, Michigan
Provided Legal Assistance in support of the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division's Asset Forfeiture Program; performed people and asset searches utilizing Accurint, Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw; prepared summaries of pertinent legal data relating to seized and forfeited assets; performed legal research for the forfeiture staff; conducted legal and factual research and distributed and received documents related to seized and forfeited assets; inputted data into IRS Data Tracking system and reported findings to leadership; assisted special agents with the execution of seizure warrants and the inventory of seized assets; other duties as assigned.
Paralegal January 2011 to January 2011Trinity Health － Farmington Hills, Michigan
Designed and implemented process for compliance with the mandatory settlement reporting requirements under Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA); reviewed new claims and assessed liability and damages and reported findings to area claim managers (ACM); ordered, reviewed and summarized medical records; attended facilitation hearings and trial with outside counsel with settlement authority up to $10,000.00; input data into the claim management data system; other duties as assigned.
Paralegal Specialist, III January 2009 to January 2011Forfeiture Support Associates, LLC United States Attorney's Office － Detroit, Michigan
Provided litigation support in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Asset Forfeiture Program; worked with federal law enforcement agencies with the investigation and development of forfeiture cases; drafted complaints in rem for filing with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in civil forfeiture cases, preliminary orders of forfeiture in criminal cases to be pronounced at sentencing; propounded and responded to discovery requests; researched and prepared motions for summary judgment; prepared seizure and freezure warrants for targeted assets; other related duties as required.
Paralegal January 1999 to January 2009Allstate Insurance Company － Farmington Hills, Michigan
Performed research and writing activities for in-house counsel; Prepared motions, pleadings, case evaluation summaries, opinions, reports and drafts of research activities; Assisted attorneys in preparing for civil litigation; Compiled and analyzed medical records and other legal data pertinent to cases; met with clients to assist them with answering interrogatories; performed other duties as required.
Paralegal January 1995 to January 1999Bernstein & Bernstein, P.C － Southfield, Michigan
Supported trial attorneys in matters involving personal injury, worker's compensation and social security claims; defined case issues and facts, interviewed witnesses and clients and prepared statements of fact based upon interviews; ordered, reviewed and summarized driving record and vehicle title searches; propounded and responded to interrogatories, and requests for production of documents and admissions; extensive telephone contact with clients, claim representatives, opposing counsel and courts; assisted at trial with presentation of evidence; perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Master of Science : Administration Human Resources, 03CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY － Auburn Hills, MIAdministration Human Resources
Bachelor of Arts : English Political Science, 2000OAKLAND UNIVERSITY － Rochester, MIEnglish Political Science
Associates : Applied Science Legal Assistant, 1994OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE － Highland Lakes, MichiganApplied Science Legal Assistant
Awards/Affiliations Charter member of the International Honors English Society (Oakland University) Employee of the month-May 2000 Individual Service Award winner-2003 Distinguished Performance Award-2007 3