Tara Holland

Professional Experience

DLA Piper US LLP — Seattle, WA
Legal Secretary (July 2007 – September 2007; May 2010 – Present)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to two shareholders and two senior associates specializing in white collar crime, securities litigation, complex/class action litigation and corporate law. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; prepare presentation binders for client interviews; assist in trial/hearing preparation; facilitate multi-party business travel arrangements and maintain travel calendar for shareholder.

Columbia Falls City Court — Columbia Falls, MT
Court Clerk (September 2008 – May 2010)
Provide day-to-day administrative management of the court under supervision of Judge. Assist in administering criminal proceedings and docketing; process payments and bonds; ensure daily balance of general and bond trust accounts; prepare correspondence and maintain court records; process deferrals, jail sentences and failures to comply with sentencing obligations; assist in the coordination of court matters with defendants, defense counsel, city prosecutor, police department, detention center and chemical dependency counseling agencies; report to motor vehicle agency all matters that affect driving records of defendants; process traffic and criminal cases from start to finish using complex court administration software; manage front counter and telephone traffic; respond to case disposition and record requests; prepare files for court use; process timely notices to defendants for all hearings and other court proceedings; prepare for and manage jury trials; train new clerks on court procedures.

Edwards, Sieh, Smith & Goodfriend, P.S. — Seattle, WA
Legal Assistant (May 2006 – July 2007)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to two shareholders and two associates specializing in appellate law. Assist in preparation of extensive appellate briefing, pleadings and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review and finalization; calendar deadlines using Amicus; assist in trial/hearing preparation; check case citations and quotations using Westlaw; create Word templates for firm use; contact clients regarding case status and other matters.

Graham & Dunn, P.C. — Seattle, WA
Legal Secretary (July 2004 – November 2005, then temporary through May 2006)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to shareholder and two associates specializing in financial services and complex litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; assist in trial/hearing preparation; organize and track document production; assist in responding to document production requests; check case citations and quotations using Lexis/Nexis; train secretaries on electronic filing procedures.

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. — Seattle, WA
Legal Secretary / Workflow Coordinator (September 2003 – July 2004)
Provide administrative support to shareholder, associate and paralegal specializing in financial services and product liability litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial drafts of letters for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; assist with firm-wide marketing program; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; assist in trial/hearing preparation; provide training to staff on software applications; provide training to new secretaries on federal, state and local court rules and procedures; ensure smooth coverage of workflow at secretarial stations by providing overflow assistance and distributing extra work among staff members; act as mentor for newly-hired secretaries.

Boone Karlberg P.C. — Missoula, MT
Legal Secretary (December 2002 – September 2003)
Provide administrative support to shareholder, associate and paralegal. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare medical records summaries for railroad injury cases; prepare letters to clients, opposing counsel and cocounsel; calendar dates using ProLaw; maintain litigation files; prepare outlines and notebooks for presentations; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; maintain trial notebooks; assist in trial preparation.

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP — Dallas, TX
Legal Secretary – Trial Section (July 2000 – December 2002)
Provide administrative support to partner, associate and paralegal specializing in business litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; maintain litigation files; time entry; answer phones; set up conference calls; make travel arrangements; heavy transcription of documents and letters.
Word Processor/ Computer Support Tech. Work with Firm’s technical group to provide computer support and team coverage. Answer calls to help desk regarding various PC, network and application issues; help in firm-wide conversion process from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word; provide one-on-one training on different applications used; responsible for managing floor staff coverage; provide overflow word processing assistance; monitor hours for bonus incentive program.

Education

Southeastern Paralegal Institute at Dallas (ABA Accredited)

Skills

Technology: MS Word; WordPerfect; Excel; PowerPoint; Outlook; Adobe Acrobat; PCDocs; CM/ECF; Pacer; Relativity; DeltaView; SoftWise; Dictaphone; Carpe Diem; ProLaw; Worldox; iManage; Summation; CourtLink; Lexis/Nexis; Westlaw; Amicus; FullCourt; WebView

Typing: 80 wpm

Languages: Fluent in written and spoken Spanish / Learning Portuguese