Paulette J. Russell
6940 Dalehollow Drive * Lithonia, GA 30058 * email@example.com * (770) -482-6534
A Certified Paralegal with 10+ years experience in managing cases, preparing legal documents, conducting legal research, managed real estate closings and communicating with clients.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Negotiated and reviewed commercial real estate documents from contract or leases through closing.
Reviewed environmental reports, surveys, title commitments and title policy.
Managed due diligence process report to meet and track rigid deadlines.
Supervised department financial budgets using Excel and other database software.
Instrumental in creating documents and checklists that are now a part of the company’s Standard of Policy and Procedures documentation.
Excellent verbal, organizational and management skills.
Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, FrontPage, WestLaw, LexisNexis, Amicus, Quick Books, CaseMap, SharePoint, Microsoft Windows, Concordance, iConnect
Robert Half Legal Atlanta, GA
Real Estate Paralegal October 2007 – April 2008
Reviewed and researched closing documents for Home Depot to prepare files for abstraction and database conversion.
Examined title policies, leases, deeds, subordination, non-disturbance and attornment, estoppel certificates, closing statements, operations documents and easements agreements.
D.R. Horton, Inc. Atlanta, GA
Division Paralegal May 2005 – January 2007
Collaborated with the President, Vice President/Attorney and the CFO in weekly meeting to review the status of all contracts.
Supervised and monitored the funding report for the division to release funds for closing up to $10 million.
Managed all contracts, amendments and change notices.
Assisted the division employees in writing correspondence with correct legal provisions to ensure the company’s safety and minimize financial risk to the company.
Monitored and assisted the Land Acquisition and Development team in conveying legal negotiation points to the Seller that met the company’s competitive requirements.
Educated new paralegals and approved staff on proper contract management by using practice materials and effective training documentation.
Palm Title & Escrow Corp./David A. McKibbin, P.A. Palm Beach, Fl
Paralegal/Closer February 2005 – May 2005
Organized, administered and filed corporation and Uniform Commercial Code documents.
Installed, setup, implemented and trained staff on Microsoft Office and all applicable software.
Supervised the troubleshooting and technical support on Microsoft Windows and Office.
Administered accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll duties.
Professional Services Royal Palm Beach, FL
Contract Administrator October 1995 – December 2004
Negotiated and approved government contracts to ensure compliance of company’s contractual policies and standard.
Managed state and federal contracts and leases with a thorough understanding of the requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis Bacon and Related Act (DBRA).
Review sub-contracting documents for project requirements and assign to appropriate vendor.
Prepared bid process specifications, progress, and supporting reports.
Developed and filed all required reports to maintain compliance with government contracts.
Composed professional PowerPoint presentations for seminars, meetings and training.
Sponsored and planned events that dramatically increased financial growth for the company.
Masters of Science in Legal Studies
3.9 GPA Kaplan University Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Bachelors of Science in Information Technology,
3.5 GPA American Intercontinental University Buckhead, GA
ASSOCIATIONS and CERTIFICATIONS
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
CLE in Understanding Georgia Commercial Contract Law from A to Z
Member of the Georgia Association of Paralegals, Inc.
Member of the Florida Bar Association Paralegal Division