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Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities.

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
August 29, 2017

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Lanine R. Valdez

*** **** **** ***., ***. *B

Jersey City, NJ


OBJECTIVE Experienced Legal Secretary/Paralegal with excellent client relation skills. Seeking a position within a corporate legal department, where working knowledge of legal terminology, general law and legal proceedings is pertained.

SKILLS Strong organizational skills, possessing the ability to prioritize multiple assignments allowing for maximum work flow. Excellent research, oral, written, investigative and communication skills. Works well with team or independently. Able to manage tasks based on attorney and client needs. Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities. Provides a high level of confidentiality, upholds the ethical standards of the legal profession. Capable of working quickly and accurately under pressure to successfully meet short deadlines, with adherence to budgets. Advanced knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook, MS Access, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, Adobe Acrobat, Word Perfect, Orion, Elite, Big Hand, Mimecast, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Amicus Attorney, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, ADP Payroll, Cisco, Citrix, experience with State and Federal courts, Data Entry, HTML, Italian and Spanish skills, Java, Hummingbird, Worldox, Pro-Law, Pacer, LegalPro, Dictaphone, Abacus, Shepardize, Typing 85 wpm, Legal Research and Writing, Notary Public, Proofreading and Concordance.


Legal Secretary 02/2011 - 06/2017

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. New York, NY

Conciliation of pre-trial memoranda, performed discovery, draft and finalized deposition and

pretrial reports;

Preparation of legal pleadings and discovery documents, including Verified Answers, Notice

to Admit, Motions, Interrogatories, Order to Show Cause, RJI forms, Stipulations, General

Releases and Subpoenas;

Proofread reply briefs, contracts, correspondence and court orders;

Organized, entered and calculated attorneys billing each month;

Prepared invoices for payment, and processed expenses for reimbursement;

Maintenance of dockets, attorneys’ calendars, and travel schedules;

Performed extensive client contact, managed diaries, scheduled and organized client meetings;

Made travel arrangements for attorneys, and maintained client files;

Prepared legal documents and court filings related to asbestos Workers’ Compensation cases

from beginning of case through trial;

Retrieved of medical and other records, development of responsive discovery documents;

Use of e-file for filing pleadings and discovery, through the courts electronic system;

Assisted attorneys with memorandum, legal files and trial preparation;

Transcribed dictation, generated Court forms;

Performed legal research using software to investigate case status, dates of loss and trial


Informed the attorney of outstanding deadlines, and obtained curriculum vitae from IME


Provided timely and accurate processing of all work requests, organizes litigation database

with hard copies for filing systematically.

Legal Secretary 06/2008 - 12/2010

Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP New York, NY

Generated legal reports using excel worksheets, performance of discovery and pleadings;

Prepared legal documentation, reviewed privileged documents that may be pertinent to


Heavy dictation transcription, monitored and coordinated settlement contracts and

General Releases;

Reviewed corporate documentation and record books for corporate financing;

Composed and revised legal documents for attorneys, including letters, deposition reports and

court filings;

Trained junior legal secretaries, to ensure compliance and success;

Handled legal documentation in a timely and efficient manner, to comply with all deadlines;

Scheduled attorneys’ calendar with respect to court dates and client meetings;

Assembled documents to keep track of pending cases;

Maintained legal library, and performed research pertaining to case status.

Paralegal 12/2003 - 06/2008

Spar & Bernstein, PC New York, NY

Intake information of client telephone screening, and verified parties in proceeding;

Obtained claim information and medical authorizations from client, and ascertained issues in

dispute under direction of attorney;

Determined claim status, and assisted in filing claims with Division of Workers Compensation;

Would assist attorneys’ in evaluation of employer and/or insurance carrier liability;

Preparation of clients IME appointment;

Prepared authorizations for release of information and interrogatories;

Would draft pleadings and discovery documents including, Summons & Complaint, Memoranda

of Law, Bill of Particulars and Motions;

Researched legal questions/issues and draft Notices of Deposition for attorney review;

Scheduled pre-hearing and settlement conference and notified all parties;

Investigated automobile tags, performed insurance and title searches through the state’s

Motor Vehicle Department, regarding personal injury matters;

Scheduled and confirmed court reporter(s), also interpreter if needed;

Preparation of subpoenas, and summarized deposition transcripts;

Would draft Request for Production of Documents, for attorneys’ review.


BMCC, New York, NY

Criminal Justice Studies, 08/2011

New York Paralegal School, New York, NY

Paralegal Studies, 09/2003

Prince Georges College, Largo, MD

Paralegal Studies, 09/1999

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