I enjoy using my commercial and legal experience to help businesses succeed through comprehensive research, creative insight, legal and administrative support.
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With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer and paralegal, I offer unique insight and the ability to discover unknowns to help drive better informed research, legal, business and marketing decisions.
My accomplishments include helping inventors investigate the intellectual property landscape of the ideas they wish to patent and protect, helping lawyers to successfully...
Aug 22, 2012|Patent, Copyright and Trademarks|Private|Working
Jun 11, 2012|Research|Private|Completed
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Mar 18, 2012|Business and Corporate|Private|Completed
This is an article I was invited to write for “The Paralegal Society”, a Word Press...
Defendant argues more than five years later that complaint was a nullity.
Operating Agreement for an Investment Club
Mock appellate brief written for fictitious client while in paralegal studies program
Legal research (Westlaw; law library; online)
I have helped lawyers to successfully influence court decisions and case outcomes resulting from effective legal research, persuasive writing and/or concise presentation of evidence.
Representative paralegal services*:
Legal research and writing
Propound and answer discovery
Trial document preparation
PACER and CM/ECF
Editing and proofreading
Contracts and agreements
Research-factual, investigative, Internet, other
Calendar and document management
Select substantive contributions to legal team success:
-Authored plaintiff's motion for summary judgment for liability in a wrongful death action; case settled for $775,000 just before trial.
-Drafted reply brief that defeated defendant's motion to dismiss complaint as a nullity after over five years.
-Researched case law and legal theory used in winning motion to vacate dismissal for untimely filing of physician's report in medical malpractice case.
-Numerous independently drafted routine motions granted.
How can I help with your case?
* Please be advised that paralegals cannot give legal advice. Paralegal services are offered to attorneys, law firms or non-lawyer clients who have an attorney for consultation.
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Robert Half Legal (Staffing Agency)
Paralegal, Legal Secretary
2013 - Present
Paralegal and legal secretary positions with corporations, law firms and solo practitioners involving intellectual property, civil litigation, eminent domain/land use and family law matters on an...
Researcher and Paralegal
2012 - Present
Work directly with lawyers, CEOs/inventors, their lawyers/law firms and staff regarding project needs involving intellectual property, litigation, antitrust, foreign regulatory requirements,...
Illinois Paralegal Association
Board of Directors, Treasurer
2008 - 2013
Engaged in monthly board meetings to conduct association business and address general membership matters. Drafted minutes of statewide educators’ conference. Developed surveys involving member...
Holstein Law Offices, LLC
2006 - 2011
Assisted with all aspects of litigation and the daily operations of the firm - such as calendar and court docket management, legal research, discovery, document review and organization, obtain and...
DuPage County Bar Assoc./Driver Improvement School
Receptionist, Customer Service Representative
2005 - 2006
First point of contact for Association, fielded calls and inquiries from attorney members, potential members and the public at large. Conducted brief intake interviews of DCBA Lawyer Referral...
Naperville Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
2003 - 2005
Assumed concurrent roles for busy 3-physician practice treating over 90 patients daily: surgery scheduler, patient advocate, billing assistant, and co-manager of administrative duties at satellite...
Commercial Design, Marketing and Branding
In-House & Freelance Designer/Project Manager
1987 - 2003
Helped retailers, small businesses and start-ups create and launch new brands and open new stores. Created and presented sales proposals, corporate identity, technical schematics, advertising...
William Rainey Harper College
ABA- Approved Paralegal Certificate with honors
University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design
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