Senior Litigation Paralegal resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Experienced Paralegal with more than 30 years in the legal field; successful at prioritizing a diverse range of tasks and balancing the demands of multiple attorneys. Technologically-savvy - navigates litigation and trial software, spreadsheets and telecommunications functions with ease.
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • CaseMap 10
  • TextMap
  • TimeMap
  • Sanction
  • Trial Director
  • Nextpoint
  • Summation
  • Concordance
  • Ringtail
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional
  • iManage
  • State and federal filing systems
  • Internet based research
  • Co-author of Trial Preparation from Start to Finish manual for the NBI, Inc.'s Institute for Paralegal Education.  This manual was created for NBI's May, 2003 seminar in Mobile, Alabama and was later made the standard manual for the seminar nationwide.
2015 to 11/2015 SENIOR LITIGATION PARALEGAL Travelers Insurance | Dublin, CA,
  • Responsible for the major litigation files for the firm from sign-up through settlement;
  • Participated in client intake interviews;
  • Negotiated with insurance adjusters;
  • Drafted complaints, discovery and substantive pleadings;
  • Performed legal research;
  • Investigated potential defendants - both individuals and business entities;
  • Prepared exhibits for depositions and trials, and summarized medical records and depositions.
  • Mentored and trained other paralegals in the firm and assisted them with their litigation files.
03/2002 to 11/2014 Paralegal City Of Springfield | Springfield, MO,
  • Responsible for managing the complex admiralty, bankruptcy, corporate, personal injury and construction defect cases litigation case loads of eight (8) attorneys;
  • Supervised and participated in the forensic debris removal on a vessel which had suffered a fire casualty including the development of protocols and the administration of such protocols;
  • Worked on-site at various marine facilities assisting my attorneys and our experts in the investigation of maritime cases; Acted as the Case Administrator for a Summation database and a Ringtail database, working with the database platform providers and related vendors to bring the documents on-line and train our attorneys and client contacts on how to most effectively use each database;
  • Managed voluminous amounts of documents on a daily basis, in both hardcopy and electronic format, utilizing database programs to organize the documents, facts and other vital case information;
  • Prepared deposition and trial exhibits and actively participated in witness preparation;
  • Prepared trial presentations utilizing Sanction II and Trial Director;
  • Prepared PowerPoint presentations for business proposals and seminars;
  • Performed background investigations, researched corporations and other investigative research utilizing the internet and its resources.
  • Drafted discovery pleadings, summarized depositions and medical records, and performed legal research.
10/1999 to 01/2002 DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Chris Kids | Atlanta, GA,
  • Created and implemented a planned giving program, including the formation of the Mercy Medical Planned Giving Advisory Council;
  • Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major prospects;
  • Worked with local bank executives to create the first locally managed Pooled Income Fund in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and prepared community education opportunities for prospective participants;
  • Advised donors and their counsel on the benefits of various planned giving vehicles;
  • Responsible for researching and writing estate planning articles for Mercy's quarterly news magazine, The Voice of Mercy.
  • Presented at various CEU programs for the community on estate planning issues;
  • Assisted in the formation and development of the Mercy Medical Foundation Board;
  • Planned and managed the Major Gift Campaigns for 2000 and 2001, including prospect research, direct mail appeals and personal interface with potential donors;
  • Designed and conducted Mercy's first phonathon in 2001;
  • Served as the Interim Special Events Coordinator/Executive Chair of the Spring Gala 2001.
1998 to 09/1999 DIRECTOR OF PLANNED GIVING/MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER City Of Springfield | Springfield, MA,
  • Created and implemented a planned giving program;
  • Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major prospects;
  • Prepared proposals and advised donors on benefits of various gift vehicles;
  • Responsible for the publication of a bi-annual planned giving newsletter;
  • Provided leadership, technical assistance and training to staff and volunteers;
  • Supervised support staff and student workers.
  • Secured one of the largest planned gifts ever received by the college.
09/1996 to 07/1998 Paralegal City Of Springfield | Springfield, MO,
  • Case manager of complicated corporate litigation files;
  • Drafted complaints, discovery documents, original pleadings, responsive pleadings, court orders, and dispositive motions;
  • Performed legal research and writing;
  • Prepared deposition and trial exhibits;
  • Organized voluminous quantities of documents.
05/1995 to 07/1996 Paralegal City Of Springfield | Springfield, MA,
  • Drafted answers to complaints in a wide variety of civil litigation, as well as discovery documents, original and responsive pleadings and legal research and writing;.
  • Case manager of over 100 Workers Compensation cases, including drafting the answer, discovery documents and dispositive motions and client reports.
05/2015 to 04/1995 PARALEGAL City Of Vallejo | Vallejo, CA,
  • Drafted documents for the probate of decedent estates, including will contests;
  • Drafted a variety of wills, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships;
  • Performed Federal and multi-state legal research and writing, including portions of the 1993 Probate Judge's Seminar, an attorney seminar on the Probate Code and researched and wrote legal opinions for state and federal judges on Probate Law.
  • Worked with other firms performing legal research and writing on probate and related topics, such as the descent and distribution issues of the Wrongful Death Act, who qualifies to serve as an Estate Representative, "Right to Die" cases, and the proper forum for the probate of a multi-state estate.
03/1987 to 04/1992 PARALEGAL CUNNINGHAM, BOUNDS | City, STATE,
  • Drafted complaints, discovery requests and responses, motions and pleadings in cases involving auto accidents, AEMLD suits, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, insurance fraud and breach of contract;.
  • Prepared deposition and trial exhibits, day-in-the-life materials, and settlement brochures;.
  • Negotiated subrogation reductions and settlements;.
  • Prepared releases and calculated the distribution of the settlements and/or judgments.
Expected in 1986 Bachelor of Science | Legal Studies SPRING HILL COLLEGE, Mobile, AL GPA:
Expected in INTERNSHIP: U.S. Attorney's Office, Spring Semester, 1986 - Bankruptcy | , , GPA:
Professional Development
  • Co-Presenter: NBI, Inc.'s Institute for Paralegal Education's Trial Preparation from Start to Finish Seminar, May 2003, Mobile, Alabama
  • Presenter: NBI, Inc.'s Institute for Paralegal Education's Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal Seminar, December, 2003, Mobile, Alabama
  • Presenter: NBI, Inc.'s Institute for Paralegal Education's Settlement Techniques for Paralegals National Webinar, March, 2005
  • I am a highly motivated person with exceptional oral and written communication skills.  
  • I am very organized and work efficiently.  
  • I am adept at handling a multitude of tasks at once.  
  • I have the ability to set priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • I am highly proficient in variety of office and litigation software

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  • INTERNSHIP: U.S. Attorney's Office, Spring Semester, 1986 - Bankruptcy

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