Skilled and dedicated Legal Assistant with extensive experience in document production coordination, planning and support of daily legal operational and executive administrative functions including e-filing.
Â· Demonstrated capacity to provide comprehensive legal support for executive-level staff including in-house counsel; initiate general legal and administrative support, i.e., scheduling meetings, coordinating travel, and managing billable and non-billable legal tasks.
Â· Proven track record of accurately completing research, reporting, information management, and business-development efforts within budget requirements utilizing Microsoft Office programs or Summation.
Â· Highly focused and results-oriented in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations, i.e. organizing trial data, preparation of exhibit set-up; and prioritize and complete court document preparation for filing in civil defense and landlord or plaintiff realtor developer matters.
Â· Proficient in Microsoft Office Systems, Microsoft Visio, Summation and Relativity document production programs; document management programs, i.e., IManage, Worksite, Desksite, and Deltaview (document comparison); transcription at 80 wpm; also operate various facsimile/copier, telephone and teleprompter systems.
FREELANCE - DETROIT, Michigan/ATLANTA, Georgia May 2010 to Present
Provide volunteer and pro bono legal document preparation to private individuals as well as research Georgia laws regarding confidentiality agreements, landlord-tenant, and other general civil litigation and probate matters.
Draft and finalize divorce complaints for filing with successful results to complainant. Provide legal advice in divorce proceedings regarding parenting time/custody agreement, asset protection and/or division of personal property including pension plans, liquid assets, alimony and/or child support. Provide legal documents for power of attorney and living wills. Maintain, sort and log receipts for lawn care company for IRS state and local tax filings.
FOLEY & LARDNER LLP - DETROIT, Michigan May 2003 to May 2009
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Assistant
Provide administrative support to 3 Paralegals for major clients including Chrysler, Whirlpool Corporation and Johnson Controls, Inc.; provided administrative support to labor and employment partners, general civil litigation partners, and associates.
Perform a variety of key document production functions, addressing defense civil litigation document processing, including trial preparation; communicating with office services department regarding trial production initiatives and supply availability; maintaining and completing client production databases. Develop and revise spreadsheets to display quality and risk-assessment initiatives. Prepare meeting agendas, secure conference rooms with set-ups, and monitor action items, i.e., time and expense reports.
Perform general legal work for 2 labor and employment attorneys and one associate, including preparation and court or electronic filing of pleadings, transcribing dictation, maintaining and organizing filing systems, setting up telephone conferences, and deposition preparation.
Â· Reduced cost by making timely payments to vendor(s) saving firm money in late fees and finance charges. Negotiated travel expenses and saved fees by making timely flight arrangements while obtaining best pricing and seating. Â· Hosted and assisted with elegant client and other firm related social gatherings, including Barristers Ball hostess, Barat House and other office holiday gatherings. Able to create invitations and promotional materials, and secure proper venues.
SNELLING TEMPORARY SERVICES AGENCY - SOUTHFIELD, Michigan Aug 2000 to Jan 2001
Legal Assistant/Administrative Assistant
Provide long and short-term Legal Secretary Assistance to partners and associates in medium and large firms located throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. Practice areas include defense civil litigation, commercial real estate lease preparation and developer/property disputes, probate, and labor and employment matters including EEOC complaints.
Self-direct all general legal administrative and project support efforts. Analyzed in-depth business-development research and compiled results for review by proposal team for seminar and bar association participation. Scheduled executive-level meetings and travel arrangements. Prepare bi-weekly time, expense, and travel reports for reimbursement. Manage invoicing and billing processes.
Â· Oversaw bar association membership and license renewal for associate level staff, including obtaining Certificates of Good Standing and Pro Hac filing.
UNITED AMERICAN HEALTHCARE/OMNICARE HEALTH PLAN - DETROIT, Michigan Aug 1993 to Aug 1999
Provide administrative support to a combined 5 marketing sales consultants and marketing services representatives in this commercial and Medicaid healthcare insurance organization.
Oversee a wide variety of administrative medical insurance marketing support, supporting all director, consultant and sales representative-level enrollment projects. Initiate benefit enrollment services through interaction with benefits representatives for large accounts including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and DMC. Organized and participated in employer and community health-fairs, from initial phase of creating and mailing marketing materials, providing set-up, through its completion by community involvement increased membership from open enrollment efforts.
Â· Played key role in acting as liaison between client benefit representatives and in-house enrollment department providing explanation of benefits knowledge to members.
Â· Significantly reduced paper waste by recreating and preparing enrollment benefits brochure, and by spearheading implementation of electronic reporting procedures.
LUTHERAN ADOPTION SERVICES/ LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF MI - DETROIT, Michigan Aug 1989 to Aug 1993
Word Processing Secretary
Provide administrative support to 6 social workers and administrative support to the counseling arm, Common Ground. Lutheran Social Services serves people as an expression of love of Christ serving communities and meeting the needs of people, upholding human dignity, and advocating equality and justice.
Transcribe dictation of confidential family home assessments. Complete for filing Terminations of Parental Rights; initiate requests for birth certificate information. Transcribe home assessments in special needs adoption cases. Process donations/payments to adoption and counseling arms of this non-profit organization. General administrative and clerical functions, i.e., incoming/outgoing mail, maintaining filing system, provide/maintain inventory of coffee services.
Â· Played key role in providing confidentiality in home assessment information that would become filed with the State of Michigan. Entrusted with monetary transactions which included cash and personal checking account information; and provide receipts reflecting deposits. Maintaining account ledger reflecting same.
LAW OFFICE OF ROBERT M. GOLDSCHMIDT, PC - DETROIT, Michigan Apr 1986 to Apr 1987
Provide legal administrative support to 1 civil litigation and one divorce attorney, including some personal errands, i.e., providing/ordering lunch.
Transcribe dictation regarding civil suit matters and divorce matters. File documents in the Circuit Court for the County of Wayne and/or 36th District Court criminal or traffic division. Order supplies and maintain ample inventory for staff/attorney usage. Respond to phone inquiries and or take messages regarding same. Maintain filing system, incoming/outgoing mail and updates regarding change in court filing fees and/or procedures
Provide customer service, assistant in opening/closing store and elevating to responsibility level of training incoming employees.
Education/Administrative Skills Certificate, Middleton Real Estate School Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Exam/Passed (Detroit Police Department) Administrative Seminars, the Indispensable Assistant; Marketing Sales Conferences Certificate of Word Processing Finney High School Class of 1981/GED Certificate 80 wpm typing/dictation transcription; Worksite/Desksite Document Management Programs; Deltaview document comparison; Electronic Court Filing - U.S. District Courts and local Circuit Courts; Summation and Relativity Database programs; LexisNexis, PACER; Windows; Microsoft Office 1999 - 2010; WordPerfect for Windows 6.0,various Scanners, Facsimiles and Copiers
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