Banking and Supervision I Enforcement I Consumer Protection I Personal Injury I Malpractice
Stocks and Securities I Liability I Construction Law I Corporate I Real Estate I Contract Meticulous and detail-oriented paralegal with highly developed research and analytical skills, advanced organizational acumen, and excellent communication abilities both orally and in writing. Able to work efficiently and well in high-pressure situations and to quickly learn and adapt to new computer programs. Expert in computer-based/internet research; experienced and adept at managing and tracking cases from intake to settlement or trial; experienced assistant to senior partners and associates from inception of case to trial.
Expertise in legal proceedings
Strong research skills
Superb legal research skills
Advanced Writing skills
Excellent Client and court communication
Provide court protocol guidance to new employees
01/2012 to 04/2013
Partner/Supervisor Senior Paralegal/ ManagerNew York, NY
Provided attorneys full paralegal support in investigation, review, and development of medical malpractice, dental malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, contract, real estate, products liability and labor law matters from intake through trial.
Performed independent and extensive legal research using law libraries, corporation records, and pertinent sources providing factual information to include in memoranda, motions, briefs and related legal documents; reviewed deposition transcripts to collect detailed information to be applied to supplemental pleadings and to pursue documents and medical records absent in our files; daily correspondence and/or oral communication with Court, court officials, defendants, Judge's chambers, clients and relevant representatives during the progression of each matter to trial readiness;
Prepared correspondence, pleadings, discovery demands and responses, and monitored court orders for compliance.
Collected documents and information responsive to subpoenas, interrogatories, bills of particulars, discovery demands, document requests; researched, investigated and reviewed files finalizing outstanding discovery in complex medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, commercial, contract, financial and real estate matters in preparation for trial; located and compiled all relevant documents required for status conferences.
provided research and gathering of documents during trial preparation.
Assisted in the hiring, training and management of new support personnel and reviewed their written work for proper grammar, punctuation and spelling, for approval, prior to release.
04/2011 to Current
Legal TechnicianFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation Series CG 6
350 Fifth Avenue － New York, New York
Suite 1200 Salary: $78,711 per year Hours per week: 40
Supervisor: Michael Saran, Deputy Regional Counsel (917) 320-2803 (This is a federal job)
Legal Division - Open Bank and Consumer Division.
01/2011 to 01/2015
02/2001 to 03/2011
Legal Technician/ParalegalJaroslawicz & Jaros － New York, New York
Support in supervision, administration, enforcement and litigation proceedings, providing research, and
investigation, utilizing corporate records, computer databases, emails and other pertinent sources including public databases, Department of State - Corporate filings and court records, to supply legal or factual information in Section 19, 10(c), and 8(e) matters; evaluation of related documents, research assets, background and owner information; related discovery and data; investigation in enforcement matters; skilled in utilizing and managing databases, locating, analyzing, and applying relevant data and electronically stored information in software databases such as SharePoint, Clearwell, CaseMap, Citrix, Relativity, RADD, ALIS, and legal research in Westlaw; prepare written reports and memoranda based on analysis of data and research.
Review and edit legal opinions and legal pleadings before transmission to Washington and/or law firms representing banks in enforcement actions; participated in the research team assigned to search and extract pertinent electronic data from emails and other data to provide to Congress during an investigative hearing process involving the FDIC.
I reviewed, analyzed and coded documents in large bank enforcement proceedings, locating relevant documents for legal opinions, 10 (c) and 8(e) determinations and hearings; researched full background of bank personnel and bank records, specifically bank loans and bank investments; adept at locating 'hard to find' persons for service of 15 day letters in prohibition proceedings.
Participated in enforcement meetings determining next steps for pending matters in SARs, 8e, 8i and 10(c) investigations, providing memoranda to RMS and Legal summarizing status and recommendations for further progress.
Perform research within the United States District Court Pacer System locating related matters and tracking any new court dates and progress in each matter that ties in with an FDIC parallel case.
Compose formal documents such as 15 day letters, stipulations and certifications; subpoenas and orders.
Responsible for preparing the monthly New York Regional Office Final Orders Report (encompassing the results of Reports of Examination(s) and recommendations) listing and summarizing matters for which orders have been issued, with final transmission to Washington, D.C.
Detail' position in Washington, D.C.
Fall/Winter 2015) (CG-7) in the Consumer Enforcement section assisting senior supervisors, and attorneys with daily requirements such as managing schedules, calendars; assisted with the management of proposed Orders arriving from regional offices and re-routing to appropriate management; managing input of enforcement case data for upcoming reports; added relevant and updated data to FIAT reports; researched and tracked new developments in Operation Chokepoint both in US District Court, Pacer, public databases and media.
Created and continue to maintain a consumer opinion SharePoint site, which contain the New York Regional Office's legal consumer opinions organized by FDI Act, regulation and legal question, for review and use by other regional offices.
Recommended and implemented the re-organization and re-naming of New York Legal Opinion directory and New York's enforcement directory; introduced and implemented a new and more efficient method in the process of closing and storing legal files which helped to document and store files electronically that had been waiting to be closed for many years.
Created and maintained SharePoint sites in support of attorneys in New York and Washington D.C., jointly litigating matters against large banks; uploaded, re-formatted, organized, and identified thousands of documents provided by the banks and provided research in the background of the relationship of the bank's partners, questionable loans and businesses created by bank partners.
Located the one document needed to commence an enforcement proceeding in a failed New York City bank.
Created, organized and maintained CaseMap document sites during litigation of matters against bank officers in failed banks, uploading voluminous pertinent documents as well as their source and description.
Extensive research within Relativity and Clearwell to locate specific documents to support enforcement actions against bank officers in troubled and closed banks.
Senior Paralegal and Lead InvestigatorOffice of Administrative Trials & Hearings OATH
Provided full paralegal support to partners and associates during the investigation, research, discovery and litigation phases of medical and dental malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, and general law including commercial, contract, stocks, securities, banking/financial, negligence, insurance, construction and employment law, in preparation for court conferences, hearings and trial.
Reviewed incoming matters and provided written analysis and recommendations on pending matters; provided summaries, and related information necessary in the progress of each matter.
Maintained pleadings, reference files and responded to discovery requests, demands for interrogatories, bills of particulars, subpoenas, and all other adversary demands; ensured court ordered compliance; researched required information, verifying via available sources, through public databases, police records, court records, building codes, licensures, applicable city law; and conducted legal research using Westlaw, Concordance, LexisNexis, for corporate records, Department of State filings, private and government databases to supply needed legal or factual information for inclusion in memoranda and pleadings; analyzed data and developed recommendations in complex litigation cases.
Prepared default motions, motions to strike, subpoenas, proposed orders, pleadings, briefs, exhibits and witnesses; arranged depositions and expert witness testimony.
Ensured that each case file was up to date, containing the most recent documents and records in the litigation process.
Handled administrative proceedings for matters requiring Surrogate's Court intervention with appointments of administrators of estates and compromise papers; organized and managed case exhibits to be used at trial; managed and tracked court dates and coordinated experts' reports, exhibits and dates for trial testimony; managed document production in compliance with court orders; monitored Federal, Appellate, State and Civil courts for updates in pending lawsuits.
Composed letters, legal memoranda, reports and other required documents during litigation.
Written and oral communication with Supreme, Federal, Surrogate's, Civil and Appellate Courts, Judges' chambers, court clerks and officials, clients and opposing parties, defendants, witnesses and trial experts during the litigation process.
Trained and guided new support staff in protocol and proper procedures within the office, and Federal, State Appellate and Surrogate Courts; trained each new paralegal in the use of Westlaw, LexisNexis and other legal research databases; reviewed, proofed and edited written staff correspondence, memoranda and pleadings for proper format, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Helped create a pattern of continuity within the office with respect to outstanding discovery requests and responses through a follow up data management and memo system which facilitated easy access to the history of discovery compliance and assisted in preparing status reports of pending lawsuits.
Designated person to perform investigations and research of people, places, corporations, applicable law and all other information needed to ensure a thorough and strong foundation for litigation;.
Represented our office in motion disputes before Referee in Supreme Court, New York County, and occasionally represented clients during court Status Conferences before assigned Judge.
Served as the point of contact for partners and interacted with high level court officials and judges.
City of New York Salary: $55,000 per year
40 Rector Street Hours per week: 35.
11/1996 to 09/2000
Chief Judge Manager and Calendar SupervisorNew York, New York
Managed and supervised the trial process and hearing calendar.
Supervised the support staff, managing secretarial and law clerk assignments, and the support of administrative law judges; ensured that each judge was properly supported; provided case management for each of the judges up to and including day of trial, as well as timely distribution of decisions to all related parties.
Coordinated appropriate personnel to research and respond to Freedom of Information requests.
Provided advice and guidance to staff including troubleshooting on routine and complex computer application issues; updated tracking systems and logs for assignments.
Modified a database system to record, track, and organize data regarding applications, requests, or similar matters.
Analyzed and assessed incoming requests from outside counsel for hearings and trials, ensuring proper content, factual information, and compliance with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH); managed the assignment of each matter to the appropriate administrative law judge; ensured that all matters, assignments, and required background facts and witnesses from outside counsel were coordinated and met agency guidelines and deadlines, policies and procedures.
Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman & Mackauf, Esqs.
01/1985 to 11/1996
ParalegalJulien and Schlesinger, P.C － New York, New York
Hours per week: 35
[Robert Conason and Candice Singer Ram (212) 943-1090] Provided paralegal support to senior partners assisting in the investigation, evaluation and disposition of plaintiffs' in personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, dental and medical malpractice cases; prepared correspondence, pleadings, discovery demands and responses, interrogatories and motions; collected documents and information responsive to subpoenas, interrogatories, document production requests and requests for legal opinions and supporting documents; monitored compliance with court orders.
Performed legal research utilizing Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Legal Case Tracking System; medical research in American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); assets, background and ownership searches in LexisNexis and other available research databases, locating factual information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs, correspondence or motions, opinions and court filings.
Located and obtained trial testimony transcripts from outside law firms, of medical experts who testified for opposing co unseI in similar lawsuits.
Prepared case files, pleadings and exhibits for attorneys.
Reviewed each matter and accompanying records ensuring that documentation was complete to progress through litigation; managed the calendar for compliance deadlines, status conferences, depositions, and document tracking for outstanding discovery; created memoranda apprising attorneys of relevant findings with recommendations for future handling; conducted investigations through corporate records, public and private computer databases, and other pertinent sources to supply legal or factual information for inclusion in memoranda, directives and pleadings; Prepared default motions, motions to strike, subpoenas and responses to subpoenas, proposed orders, pleadings, briefs, exhibits and witness preparation; prepared responses to interrogatories and demands for interrogatories, bills of particulars, discovery requests; arranged depositions; expert witness testimony.
Ensured that each case file was up to date, containing the most recent documents and records in the litigation process.
administrative proceedings for matters requiring Surrogate's Court intervention with appointments of administrators of estates and compromise papers; organized and managed case exhibits to be used at trial; managed and tracked court dates and coordinated experts' reports, exhibits and dates for trial testimony; managed document production in compliance with court orders; monitored Federal, Appellate, state and civil courts for updates in pending lawsuits.
Monitored decisions rendered by Federal, State and Appellate courts related to firm's pending lawsuits; reviewed and edited memoranda and correspondence.
Created detailed case memoranda for attorneys in preparation for status conferences before assigned Judge, updating the status of each case, and any relevant outstanding discovery needed.
Created an automated and streamlined discovery database for organizing and tracking each matter enhancing data retrieval from incorporated computerized database developing and maintaining procedures for tracking.
Acted as 'point contact person' in a highly publicized, nationwide products liability class action matter during litigation, coordinating with other offices nationwide in maintaining names of claimants, managing trial exhibits, court conference dates and the organizing of discovery and management of depositions.
Salary: $45,000 per year
19th Floor 35 hours per week.
Bachelor's Degree: English Literature and Theatre DanceState University of New York － Buffalo, New York3 .4 English Literature and Theatre Dance Dean's List; Cum Laude
Extensive course work in English literature, writing, theater, foreign language and history.George Washington University － Washington DCContinuing Education
Department of Archaeology - Archaeology Dig at Masada, Israel
Notary Public, State of New York
Awards: FDIC Mission Achievement Award: November 29, 2011
FDIC STAR Award: August 16, 2012
FDIC STAR Award: November 13, 2012
FDIC Mission Achievement Award: December 5, 2013
FDIC Mission Achievement Award: December, 2014
FDIC Mission Achievement Award: February 12, 2015
FDIC STAR Award: November, 2015
FDIC Mission Achievement Award: November 2016
Job Related Training:
Trial Director: 2012