Heidi Powell

skills

  • Over 25 years of experience in the legal industry as a paralegal and legal assistant and presently running own freelance Paralegal business

  • Master's Degrees in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

  • Experience in project management

  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills

  • Advanced skills in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat DC, and Outlook

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision or as part of a team

experience

HMP Freelance Paralegal Services — Renton, WA and Jacksonville, FL
Owner/Paralegal (March 2017 – Present)
Provide paralegal services to clients in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury, and Litigation.

The Center for Legal Studies — Seattle, WA
Instructor, Paralegal Certificate Course (September 2017 – November 2017)
Taught an 8-week Paralegal Certificate course at Seattle Central Community College.

Perkins Coie LLP — Seattle, WA
Evaluation Process Coordinator (August 2015 – January 2017)
Responsible for the coordination of the twice-yearly performance evaluations for almost 400 partnership-track Associates, Counsel and Senior Counsel. Duties included overseeing all aspects of the twice-yearly evaluation process from start to completion including setting up and overseeing the four-day meeting during the fall evaluation process. Interacted with all levels of staff and attorneys including technical, finance, and hospitality; extensive contact with Partners in all Perkins' offices. Responsible for overseeing and delegating work to admin staff. Responsible for creating and maintaining spreadsheets with varying degrees of complicated formulas; draft, edit and send written communications; set-up and maintain three databases during each evaluation period, and provide technical assistance to users during those times. During my tenure in this position, I successfully implemented a process for electronic signatures on certain documents implemented to streamline the process. I researched the product, and presented the idea. I also initiated and oversaw the combining of three processes into one for quicker turnaround time on the main database used for back-end processing during the evaluation processes. This position required always maintaining strict confidentiality and the utmost professionalism.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP — Seattle, WA
Legal Assistant/Paralegal (April 2013 – August 2015)
Provided legal assistant and paralegal assistance to two partners and three associates in government subcontracting and construction litigation. Responsible for drafting, editing and filing pleadings in state and federal courts, and government contracting courts. Extensive editing of government subcontracts. Extensive coding and document review. Drafted graphs and spreadsheets in Excel. Responsible for maintaining attorney’s calendars and keeping track of case progression and meeting deadlines. I was also in charge of managing the government contracts blog on Dorsey & Whitney's website. This position required proficiency in multi-tasking, knowledge of government contracting rules and regulations, client confidentiality, and client relations. I also helped out on immigration matters.

HKM Employment Attorneys PLLC — Seattle, WA
Paralegal (June 2012 – April 2013: temp position while finishing my Master’s program)
Provide paralegal assistance to three partners and two associates in employment related civil litigation for both plaintiff and defense clients. Responsible for drafting, editing and filing pleadings in both state, federal, and appeal courts. Conduct research for attorneys as requested. Ability to work independently required with little or no supervision. Required proficiency in multi-tasking, and ability to work under extremely tight deadlines.

Cronin Michelson Baumgardner & Preece LLP — Seattle, WA
Legal Assistant (November 2008 – May 2012)
Provided legal assistance for one partner and two associates in complex corporate and civil litigation, and criminal defense. Drafted pleadings and correspondence, proofread, edit, and filed documents in state, federal, and appeal courts. Conducted research for attorneys as requested. Able to work independently or as part of a team, performed duties in often highly stressful environment due to time constraints, highly proficient at multi-tasking, and able to work under extremely tight deadlines.