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Legal Assistant Professional Experience

Location:
Miami, Florida, United States
Posted:
August 30, 2017

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Maria Isabel Velez

**** *.*. ** ******, Miami, Florida 33155

(305) ***-****, ac128e@r.postjobfree.com

Summary of Qualifications

Highly qualified and efficient paralegal/legal assistant with more than 20 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation.

Excellent organizational skills with a high degree of attention to detail.

Ability to follow instructions and established procedures.

Extensive knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of civil litigation.

Very strong research, investigative, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Excellent writing and communication skills.

Self-starter with the ability to work independently and handle multiple responsibilities of case management and trial preparation.

Strong time management skills to handle multiple tasks efficiently and accurately.

Flexibility to work overtime as needed to meet deadlines.

Excellent communication skills.

Fluent in English (native speaker) and Spanish (conversant). Professional Experience

June 2012 to present Wargo French, LLP, Miami, Florida Legal Assistant: Provide assistance to attorneys whose practice focuses upon commercial litigation and insurance defense with all aspects of case management. Duties include but are not limited to the organization and maintenance of electronic client files from initial intake to closure; drafting of legal documents and correspondence for attorneys’ review; preparation, issuance and tracking of subpoenas and summonses; conducting research employing Westlaw and other internet sources; conducting research of Federal, State and local court procedures prior to drafting and filing court documents, calendaring deadlines and scheduling court appearances; coordinating court appearances, depositions and mediations, as well as, preparing the attorneys for same; efiling court documents in federal, appeals, county, and State courts employing the Florida Courts EPortal system, CM/ECF and individual appeals court filing systems. February 2011 to June 2012 Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, LLP, Miami, Florida Legal Assistant/Paralegal: Provided assistance to attorneys whose practice focused upon complex construction defect, products liability, toxic and mass tort, property and casualty issues with all aspects of case management. This included all aspects of the discovery process, trial preparation, tracking and communicating case related dates and information to the clients/insured clients, database maintenance, and the review and preparation of documents, reports and correspondence. Additional duties included: the review, billing, and distribution of all departmental incoming mail and e-mails; request of payment for all departmental invoices in accordance with client(s) guidelines; processing of reimbursements; travel arrangements; and maintenance of calendar for the department partner. March 2001 to February 2011 Butler, Pappas, Weihmuller, Katz, Craig, LLP, Miami, Florida Legal Assistant/Paralegal: Provided assistance to a partner and his associate with a heavy caseload whose practice focused upon bad faith, first party property, and third party liability coverage issues with all aspects of case management. This included all aspects of the discovery process, trial preparation, tracking and communicating case related dates and information to the clients/insured clients, database maintenance, and the review and preparation of documents, reports and correspondence. Additional duties included review and distribution of all incoming mail and e-mails, processing of reimbursements and invoices, travel arrangements and maintenance of calendar for two attorneys. Skills

Proficient in MSWord, Outlook, Excel, Word Perfect, Adobe Acrobat, Nuance, Lexis/Nexus, Westlaw, Omega, Citrix, Perfect Practice/AIM, iManage, State of Florida’s E-Portal, and District Court of Florida’s CM/ECF. Education

Paralegal Certificate from the University of Miami (2012) High School diploma (1986)

Additional Professional Experience

March 1998 to March 2001 James K. Clark & Associates, Miami, Florida Legal secretary: Duties included but were not limited to the organization and maintenance of client files from initial intake to closure, drafting of simple correspondence, pleadings and motions, transcription of dictation, maintained litigation case hard copy filing system, assisted attorney in preparation for examinations under oath, hearings, depositions, mediations and trials, and maintained calendar for an attorney whose practice focused upon personal injury issues as in-house counsel for State Farm Insurance Company.

April 1993 to March 1998 Law Office of Maria Trenzado, Miami, Florida Legal secretary: Duties included but were not limited to the organization and maintenance of client files from initial intake to closure, drafting of simple correspondence, pleadings and motions, transcription of dictation, maintained litigation case hard copy filing system, assisted attorney in preparation for examinations under oath, hearings, depositions, mediations and trials, and maintained calendar for an attorney whose practice focused upon personal injury issues as in-house counsel for GEICO.



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