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Paralegal/Administrative Assistant

Arnold, Missouri, United States
$50,000 to $55,000
May 15, 2018

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Kathyrn Lemke

**** ****** **** *****, ******, MO 63010


Career Objective

To obtain long term employment in a paralegal/administrative position where I can fully utilize, expand and contribute my skills and experience.

Relevant Experience

2009 to 2018 - Roberts, Wooten & Zimmer, L.L.C., Hillsboro, MO

Paralegal to Partner

●Responsible for managing various aspects of heavy volume of workers’ compensation claims and Second Injury Fund claims, including but not limited to:

omanage heavy client communication, including documenting communication to attorney and file

opreparation for mediations, hardship hearings and final hearings

orequest, receive and review voluminous medical records and itemized billing, analyze for completeness, organize, summarize and maintain through case conclusion, follow up with medical providers on outstanding records request

ocommunicate with medical providers, including but not limited to case status, outstanding balances and/or liens for unauthorized treatments

as well as negotiating for reduction of outstanding balances/liens

odraft settlement demands for permanent partial and permanent total disability claims (i.e. calculations of settlement value, future medical

expenses, life expectancy and present settlement value)

ocommunicate with and prepare correspondence scheduling expert evaluations

oschedule and notice up depositions for clients, experts, witnesses, etc.

oprepare settlement documents

omanage docketing calendar, including heavy contact with opposing attorneys and division clerks and judges

●Responsible for managing all aspects of Social Security disability claims and appeals case volume from inception to conclusion, including but not limited to:

opersonal meetings with client to prepare and submit initial SSD application at the local office level; SSD Appeal of Disapproved Claim at

the ODAR level as well as drafting briefs at the Appeals Council level

omaintain heavy client contact throughout claim obtaining medical treatment updates

oresponsible for filing and maintaining electronic record of claim and documents filed in District Court cases

orequest, receive and review voluminous medical records, analyze for completeness, organize, summarize and maintain through case

conclusion, follow up with medical providers on outstanding records request

2003 to 2009 - Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C., St. Louis, MO

Administrative Assistant to Shareholder, Associate and Paralegal

●Specialized in class action litigation, insurance litigation, personal injury, and product liability litigation in state and federal courts in both Illinois and Missouri

●Coordinated and maintained attorney calendar and deadline reminder system utilizing Outlook

●Opened new files, performed conflict checks; maintained voluminous client files from inception to conclusion, including electronic files as well as hard copy files

●Maintained general files for each team member

●Maintained personal files for attorneys, including but not limited to research and professional activities

●Compiled medial history of client, requested and maintained medical records

●Gathered and prepared documents for production of documents.

●Scheduled appointments and depositions.

●Made travel arrangements for attorneys, clients, and witnesses

●Reviewed attorney timesheets and data entry for monthly billing statements

●Processed bills, reviewed and edited bills, maintained client expense records

●Prepared settlement allocation reports and payout documentation at case conclusion

●Established, organized and maintained pleading boards, attorney trial notebooks, expert witness notebooks, document indexes, exhibit lists, medical records and medical expense boards

1997 to 2003 Breeze, Kister, Roberts, Ponder-Bates & Zimmer, L.C., Hillsboro, MO (n/k/a Roberts, Wooten & Zimmer, L.L.C.)

Legal Assistant to Partner and Associate

●Specialized in personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance litigation, Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation, and bankruptcy

●Maintained client files from inception to conclusion; performed intake and assistance to clients regarding potential claims

●Assisted attorneys with all aspects of managing personal injury and Workers’ Compensation files, including but not limited to compiling medical history of client, requesting and maintaining medical records, preparation of production of documents, scheduled and coordinated independent medical rating examination

●prepared and filed bankruptcy petitions

●Maintained attorney client calendar and deadline reminder system utilizing Abacus

●Handled Office Manager’s duties in her absence, including supervision and assistance to other office personnel and manage banking responsibilities, including the firm trust account

1988 to 1993 Thurman, Howald, Weber, Senkel & Norrick, L.L.C., Hillsboro, MO

Legal Assistant to Partner

●Specialized in bankruptcy, collections, criminal (DWI) and traffic, landlord/tenant matters, personal injury, real estate transactions, and some estate planning

●Drafted and prepared demands, petitions, pleadings and discovery.

●Drafted and prepared default judgments, consent judgments and handled collection of accounts.

●Maintained all files from inception to conclusion.

●Maintained the firm trust account, including all deposit transactions, preparation of disbursements and account balancing


St. Louis Community College at Meramec Certification of Proficiency, Paralegal Studies Program

Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration Magna Cum Laude


Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Lexis, FileSite, Elite Webview, Abacus, CM/ECF and Pacer

SSA Electronic Records Express, SSA Appointed Representative Services

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