Maribeth Messina

Skills and PROFICIENCies

  • Detailed-oriented Paralegal of 25 years, supporting attorneys in all aspects of their law practice and case management. I possess excellent writing skills, research skills, problem-solving and organizational skills. 

  • Dedicated to and focused on providing the highest quality service in pursuit of justice for clients.

  • Independent and confident professional, capable of learning new tasks very quickly and adapting to different situations.

experience

  • Extensive legal and medical research, and extensive investigative experience performed throughout career. 

  • The ability to summarize and interpret medical records, police investigative reports, expert witness reports and authoritative literature and articles.

  • Produced marketing materials and worked with marketing professionals on website design, advertising and community outreach.

  • Communicated with a diverse population and negotiated with insurance adjusters, risk managers and attorneys, either on the phone, in person, or through correspondence.

Sadler Ladenburg Law Firm — Tacoma, WA
Paralegal (September 2014 – April 2018)
Responsible for managing caseload to comply with court deadlines; drafted discovery questions; assisted attorneys in all aspects of complex litigation from initial client meeting to trial preparation; attended trials with attorneys and helped with jury selection, witness communication and exhibit preparation; negotiated to reach settlements for clients.

MBC Law Firm Tacoma, WA
Litigation Paralegal (June 1993 – July 2014)
Managed complex litigation caseload from lawsuit filing to trial; responsible for marketing firm including new website with web designers; wrote text and articles for website; wrote articles for firm newsletters; wrote ad copy for phone book and other advertisements; attended marketing seminars and social events to represent the law firm.

Seattle Times — Seattle, WA
News Assistant (1990 – 1993)
Managed South Sound news bureau office; administrative assistant to the bureau’s editor; wrote activity and events calendars and articles; gathered information and photographs for news stories written by reporters.

education

University of Portland – Portland, OR
B.A. Communication, 1988