Experienced paralegal with an extensive background in Personal Injury, Elder Care, Guardianship, and Employment law.
Broad case management/administration and legal support experience, including: building, organizing, and monitoring electronic and hard-copy case files; record identification, procurement, organization, and review; communicating with case-related parties; litigating claims; monitoring case costs, and settling cases.
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat software applications.
Independent self-starter and collaborative team member with strong ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with conflicting demands, changing priorities, and strict deadlines.
Complex litigation and discovery support.
Record & document management
Event scheduling and calendaring
Potential client intake interviewing; potential witness identification and interviewing; client contact
Statutory, regulatory, case law, legal issue and fact identification, review, and summarization; familiarity with blue book citation
Legal procedures, processes, and outcomes identification, review and summarization
Record & document requests
Case related party correspondence and conversation
Ressler & Tesh — Seattle, WA
Paralegal (Temp) (2017)
Assisted three attorneys with personal injury and criminal defense cases in King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County Superior Courts
Crollard Law Office — Seattle, WA
Paralegal (2012 – 2016)
Supported solo practitioner/public hearing officer with a full caseload of Elder Care, Personal Injury, and Guardianship claims in Federal District Court, Washington State Supreme Court, Washington State Appellate Court, King, Pierce and Snohomish County Superior Courts, vulnerable adult abuse allegations and findings with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), and Certified Professional Guardianship Board (CPGB) hearings.
Conducted complex civil litigation tasks including: preparing, filing, and serving pleadings and motions (electronic and hard copy formats); identifying and interviewing potential witnesses; and, identifying and organizing exhibits for motions and trial.
Involved in all phases of civil discovery including: drafting discovery requests and subpoenas; preparing written responses to discovery; identifying and organizing documents for production; conducting substantive review of documents and records for responsiveness and privilege; and, redacting confidential and protected information from responsive records to prevent unauthorized disclosure.
Requested and organized records and documents including medical/billing records, resident care records, Department of Social and Health (DSHS) investigative records, OAH initial decisions, Board of Appeals (BOA) review decisions, and police reports into electronic and hard copy files to facilitate quick and specific record access for supervising attorney and CPGB hearing officer.
Coordinated, scheduled and calendared motion hearings, discovery depositions, mediations, meetings, and conference calls for supervising attorney; conducted potential client intake interviews for case relevant information.
Reviewed, summarized, and chronologized medical, billing and investigative records and documents for attorney and CPGB hearing officer reference.
Researched, analyzed, and summarized the structure of state-provided administrative fair hearings across the country to generate supporting information for drafting of statutory proposal to the Washington State legislature.
Researched and analyzed the Medicare subrogation hardship waiver rule to generate supporting information for drafting of Medicare hardship waiver request letter; drafted Medicare hardship waiver request letter for low-income, disabled client.
Researched, analyzed, and summarized the HIPAA and HITECH rules governing request, release, and cost of electronic health records (EHR) to generate supporting information for legal memorandum; drafted legal memorandum explaining new EHR rules for attorney review.
Requested, organized, reviewed, and summarized OAH initial and BOA review decisions involving findings of vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation by guardians for CPGB hearing officer reference.
Effectively and courteously conversed and corresponded with clients, public information officers, records custodians, opposing counsel, court officers, lay and expert witnesses, medical providers and other parties as needed to build, move, and settle cases.
Drafted public records and freedom of information requests (FOIA) for federal and state government records.
Law Office of Franklin W. Shoicet — Seattle, WA
Paralegal (Temp) (2012)
Assisted solo practitioner with full caseload of personal injury and victim compensation cases in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County Superior Courts
Wiener and Lambka, P.S. (formerly Wiener, Lambka and Deutscher, P.S.) — Renton, WA
Paralegal (2008 – 2011)
Supported partner and associate attorney with personal injury cases in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County Superior Court.
Western Washington University — Bellingham, WA
M.A., B.A. Political Science
Highline Community College
Paralegal Plus Certificate (ABA approved) 2007
The Center for Legal Studies
Legal Secretary Certificate 2015
All County Superior Court Civil Motions Workshop
3 CLE Credits 2014
Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Legal Team/Staff Seminar
10.5 CLE Credits 2013
King County Superior Court Clerk Office Workshop
10 CLE credits 2011