Litigation - Paralegal Experience: 15 Education: Masters in Business Administration Location: Ellenwood, GA Salary: $60K

Experienced and effective Paralegal specializing in the areas of contracts administration, litigation support, and transactional matters. Detail oriented with strong oral and written communication skills. Independent team player with a commitment to client service. Strategic partner driven to attain team, department, and organizational goals. Excels at working in cross functional groups and coordinating multiple projects in deadline driven environments.


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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Experienced and effective Paralegal specializing in the areas of contracts administration, litigation support, and transactional matters. Detail oriented with strong oral and written communication skills. Independent team player with a commitment to client service. Strategic partner driven to attain team, department, and organizational goals. Excels at working in cross functional groups and coordinating multiple projects in deadline driven environments.
 
EXPERIENCE
Sr. Paralegal                                                                                                                     Nov 2016 –present

  • Provide senior level paralegal support to the Managing Partner/Chief Litigator and seven associate attorneys
  • Draft, review and file pleadings, motions, and briefs 
  • Manage discovery process and coordinate production of documents.
  • Draft discovery requests and responses 
  • Gather, organize, analyze and disseminate information from/to clients as related to their matter 
  • Prepare case analysis and summaries 
  • Draft, review and revise settlement agreements, demand letters, cease and desist letters, city ordinances, resolutions, and bylaws 
  • Conduct investigations related to employment disputes 
  • Review and revise a wide range of contracts and coordinate the execution of contracts for local municipalities 
  • Manage, process and respond to all Georgia Open Records Act requests, subpoenas, and discovery requests 
  • Manage firm database and document repositories
  • Perform legal research and investigation of facts 
  • Organize, index and oversee maintenance of all litigation case files 
  • Coordinate and attend depositions, witness preparation interviews, mediations, hearings, and trials 
  • Draft various internal and external memorandums, reports and Correspondences
  • Provide administrative support to include calendar management, client engagement, greeting visitors, coordinate conference calls and meetings
 
Paralegal                                                                                                                       Aug 2011 – Jan 2016
  • Provide paralegal support to the University Attorney and eight Associate Attorneys 
  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide range of contracts: hotel agreements, material transfer agreements, vendor agreements, and consulting agreements 
  • Assist faculty and staff coordinators with drafting, amending and renewing affiliation agreements with over 500 field placement sites 
  • Manage contracts process and coordinate the execution ofcontracts 
  • Manage, process and respond to all Georgia Open Records Act requests, Freedom of Information
  • Act requests, Subpoenas, Requests for Production, and third-party Releases of Educational Records
  • Maintain and update the database for all records requests and University-wide contracts 
  • Coordinate document production 
  • Process payments received for records requests
  • Facilitate and perform export control screenings through Visual Compliance and exclusion searches through the System for Awards
  • Management (SAMs) Draft various memorandums, reports and correspondences  Conduct legal research and information gathering 
  • Oversee and manage student bankruptcy casesAssist University community by
  • providing general information about University policies and federal and state regulations 
  • Coordinate work with other departments within the University and the University System of Georgia 
  • Provide administrative support to include calendar management, answer and screen calls, greet visitors, coordinate conference calls and meetings
 
Paralegal                                                                                                                                     Jun 2006 – Aug 2011
  • Organize, index and oversee maintenance of trademark and patent litigation case files 
  • Schedule, coordinateand summarize deposition transcripts  Prepare deposition/trial notebook
  • Assist with e-filing and service of process
  • Assemble and index supporting case law and statutes
  • Perform legal and non-legal research, shephardizing and cite checking
  • Develop and maintain production and witness logs
  • Manage documentproduction process which includes: document duplication and bates labeling, preparing outlines and exhibits
  • Create privilege logs and electronic discovery logs
  •  Maintenance of litigation database repositories
  •  Prepare and review production documents
  • Orchestrate pre-trial matters (i.e. accommodations, conferences, transportation, shipping, file storage, etc.)
  • Draft closing documents: legal opinions, escrow letters, invoices, and general correspondences 
  • Coordinate the execution of transactional loan documents for closings
  •  Prepare loan files bycreating closing checklists, file folders, and indices
  • Prepare UCC statements for filing
  • Create, organize, and assemble closing binders for various transactions
  • Organize, maintain, and close-out a large volume of loan files for offsite storage
 
Security Specialist                                                                                                                     May 2002 –Jun 2006
  • Assist in-house deputies with the daily administration which included data entry of civil service documents, verifying warrants, filing warrants, registering sex offenders, processing background check requests, and document management
  • Assist floor deputies with daily management of inmate housing units
  •  Monitor daily activity of inmates through multiple-surveillance to reduce security breaches
  • Retrieve inmate information through knowledge of jail database systems
  •  Process inmates before being admitted into the hospital (Grady Detention Unit); which included record keeping, filing, and data entry
 
EDUCATION
Mercer University – Masters of Business Administration 2015-2016
Clayton State University – Paralegal Certificate (ABA approved) 2007 – 2008
Spelman College – Bachelors of Arts in. Psychology 2001 – 2006
 
TECHNOLOGY
  • Internet Explorer 
  • Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Adobe Acrobat (Pro)
  • WorkShare Professional 
  • Concordance
  • IPRO 
  • Relativity 
  • Live Note 
  • Case Point 
  • SharePoint 
  • KROLL Ontrack Inview 
  • PACER
  • USPTO 
  • PatentHunter 
  • Interwoven Desksite 8.2 
  • Carpe Diem 
  • Westlaw 
  • Lexis Nexis 
  • Computerized Routing &
  • Filing Repository (CRAF) 
  • Banner 
  • Quickbooks
  • Tax Wise
  • Drake
 
AFFILIATIONS, AWARDS, AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
  • Gate City Bar Association – Paralegal Section 
  • 2007 Gate City Bar Paralegal Scholarship Recipient 
  • Everybody Wins! Reading Program 
  • Freedom Writers Mentoring Program - Booker T. Washington High School 
  • Meals On Wheels 
  • Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • (CASA) for the Clayton County Juvenile Court – sworn in April 2012 
  • IRS Registered Tax Preparer  Notary
  • Public Member, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce 
  • National Association of Tax Professionals 
  • Graduate of the Women’s Economic Development Agency’s Microenterprise Initiative in connection with the Georgia
Small Business Development Center