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AMY SMITH
123 Main Street Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Home: (555) 555-1234, Cell: (555) 555-1235 asmith@sample~resume.com


Desire a Challenging Position as Paralegal to Help Lawyers Prepare Legal Documents, Maintain Records and Files, and Conduct Research.

A highly talented, knowledgeable and experience Paralegal with proven track record of giving top assistance to Corporate Member/Partner in Litigation and Bankruptcy Practice; Sr. Associate in Products Liability Litigation practice, including all facets of secretarial and paralegal responsibilities; independently worked client files relative to client and attorney case status, self-taught and trained on Bankruptcy Software.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 12 years of legal exposure.
  • Proven ability to work independently in all aspects of    Litigation, including Family Law, Corporate Bankruptcy and    Commercial Real Estate.
  • Immense ability to discover and prepare trial for Plaintiff and    Defendant representations.
  • Outstanding communication (written and spoken), drafting and    computer skills.
  • High sense of diligence and ability to effectively multi-task    several complex assignments with tight deadlines.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Proficiency in computer applications (Word processing,    spreadsheets, and databases).
  • Proficiency in developing excellent relationships with coworkers    and clients.
  • Great ability to work independently and with a team "to get    the job done".
  • Remarkable skill at organizing work and resolving problems that    arise in day to day activities.
  • In-depth ability to work with difficult clientele in a respectful    and courteous manner.
  • Observant, intuitive and conscientious with great attention to    detail.
  • Deep ability to institute and conduct all phases of office    procedures.
  • Uncommon competency with most office equipment including;    personal computers, fax, copiers & printers.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of many software and    online applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Power    Point, Outlook, QuickBooks, Word Perfect, Hot Docs, Voice    Wave Transcribe & West Law.

    Professional Experience

    Yyles & Mark, Stony Point, NY                       2002 - Present
    Paralegal
    • Assist in preparation of trials.
    • Conduct legal research.
    • Digest and index information obtained prior to trial.
    • Gather information in preparation for lawsuits.
    • Maintain complex dockets and files.
    • Perform office procedures in the everyday running of a legal office.
    • Prepare and interpret legal documents.
    • Prepare pleadings, subpoenas, and other legal documents.
    • Research factual and legal issues.
    • Draft criminal and civil appellate briefs.
    • Maintain complex dockets and files, both manually and electronically.
    • Prepare documents and organize materials for civil and criminal trials.
    • Schedule appointments, court appearances, and depositions.
    • Type memos and correspondence.
    Yyles & Mark, Stony Point, NY                       1998 - 2002
    Legal Assistant
    • Answered questions and furnished information to keep executives' time free of minor detail type of work.
    • Responsible for managing all aspects of the office which included; recruiting and supervising support staff, managing all incoming and outgoing correspondence, ordering and dispersing office supplies and maintaining highly complex client files.
    • Prepared legal documents, such as pleadings, discovery and correspondence, using various software programs.
    • Filed and served all legal documents with the courts and opposing counsel.
    • Made all travel arrangements for the firm.
    • Tracked and recorded all billable hours for each file.
    • Maintained a calendaring tickler system.
    • Prepared presentations using power point software.
    • Managed and maintained web based applications, including time recording and matter management system, legal department website, and contracts gateway.
    Global Institute, Stony Point, NY                     1993 - 1998
    Legal Secretary
    • Prepared simple to moderately complex legal documents, briefs, contracts, agreements, pleadings, and court papers and correspondence.
    • Filed maintenance.
    • Maintained time records for billing purposes.
    • Performed extensive client contact.
    • Provided PA and admin support which included managing diaries, organizing meetings, arranging international travel processing invoices and expenses and general departmental administration.
    • Organized and maintained files.
    • Prepared general correspondence, typing and proofreading documents.
    • Provided timely and accurate processing of all work requests, including but not limited to Legal and Risk projects.
    • Assisted in taking and compiling minutes for the Risk Management Council on a monthly basis.
    • Maintained time and attendance records of Risk Associates in New York.
    • Created and maintained a litigation database and hard copy filing system.
    Education and Professional Certification

    New York University, NY
    Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Social Work (1998)

    New York Para-Legal School, NY
    Paralegal Certificate (law- related courses) (1992)


    Computer Skills:  Windows, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Word,                           Westlaw, Lexis-Nexus, Lotus Notes and Excel



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