Innovative and energetic paralegal with exceptional technical, analytical and organizational skills eager to
meet new challenges and dedicated to improving efficiency and profitability. Over 15 years' experience
in litigation and claims investigations subrogation including, but not limited to, property & casualty, workers' compensation,
medical malpractice, products liability, construction defects, and ERISA healthcare claims.
Summary of Qualifications
Strong technical aptitude
Leadership & Team-Building
Oral & written communication
Data base management
Interviewing & negotiations
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
In-depth knowledge of legal principles and theories of liability
Knowledge of claims procedures and policies
Skills and Accomplishments
Completed advanced training in research relating to laws, regulations, judicial decisions and legal articles.
Managed an average of 500 files at any given time.
Implemented file management procedures
Identified suspicious claims and referred to SIU department resulting in
Continuing Education Courses Completed:
Complying with HIPAA for Covered Entities
Harold Washington College - Paralegal Studies 1998 - 2001.
arbitration, billing system, case management, case
management, insurance, team-building, law, mentoring, negotiations, seminars, settlements, technical training
08/2014 to 07/2017
Paralegal - SubrogationCentral States Funds － Rosemont, IL
Identified, investigated, and pursued accident-related medical claims for self-funded ERISA plan.
Recovering over $1.5 million for the Fund.
Communicated with participants, placed parties on notice,
prepared itemized liens and negotiated settlements.
Proactively analyzed, developed and implemented
case management and file closure procedures utilizing my experience, technology and industry best
Reduced cycle times by 60% by collaborating with internal and external partners and Fund
participants resulting in prompt referrals and increased recoveries.
Provided technical training and
mentoring to team, and assisted with resolution of complex matters.
Coordinated team-building exercises
and monthly round table discussions.
01/2013 to 06/2014
ParalegalPellis Law Group － Lisle, IL
Prepared standard operating procedures.
Trained all incoming staff on office procedures and case specific duties.
Guided the startup of new law firm, including securing office, data transfer, purchasing supplies, office furniture and computer equipment.
Negotiated service provider agreements.
management and file retention/closure procedures.
Coordinated office move from temporary office space to permanent location.
Set up computer
equipment and trained staff on new cloud-based case management systems.
Drafted pleadings and
discovery, performed document reviews and maintained privilege logs.
01/2012 to 01/2013
Paralegal - Employment & LaborO'Hagan LLC － Chicago, IL
Supported 2 partners and 3 associates with cases pending in Illinois Department of Human Rights, EEOC,
Department of Labor, as well as federal, appellate and circuit courts.
Researched local rules and statutes,
and drafted pleadings, discovery and status reports.
Implemented more efficient case management and
file closure system.
01/2002 to 01/2012
Paralegal - SubrogationFisher Kanaris, PC － Chicago, IL
Coordinated cause and origin investigations.
Interviewed witnesses and potential experts.
Organized and maintained complex electronic data.
Managed worker's compensation subrogation files
for 4 major insurance companies.
Drafted pleadings, answered discovery and assisted with preparation
for settlement negotiations, depositions, arbitration and trials.
Implemented file closure procedures.
Trained and managed paralegal interns.
Coordinated seminars and social events.
Fraud Investigation & DefenseAmerican Educational Institute, IncFraud Investigation & Defense Program
Currently enrolled in Claims Fraud Investigation and Defense Program working to obtain FCLA
American Bar Association ("ABA")
National Association of Subrogation Professionals ("NASP")
National Association of Legal Assistants ("NALA")
National Association of Professional Women ("NAPW")
International Women's Leadership Association ("IWLA")