Lake Zurich, IL email@example.com 847-***-**** LinkedIn
Real Estate Paralegal
Detail-oriented Paralegal with expertise in claims, titles, and real estate. Broad knowledge of court rulings and legal processes for multiple states in relation to construction, litigation, contracts, and agreements. Team leader and mentor with excellent communication, organization, and research skills.
Title and Survey Review
Client and Attorney Communication
File Management and Prioritization
Contract and Document Drafting
Non-Litigation Claim Resolution
Agreement Editing and Negotiation
Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Addison, IL
Claims Paralegal / Claims Representative, 2/2012–Present
Thoroughly review, investigate, determine coverage, and manage an average of 200 claims for various title insurance policies in different jurisdictions. Conduct legal research including drawing out the legal description, reviewing surveys, collecting relevant information, communicating with involved parties, and researching the case law and statues. Draft necessary documents such as deeds, contracts, affidavits, easements agreements, road maintenance agreements, and title coverage determination letters to insured. Set up budgets, review and approve invoices, determine if claim is billable by reviewing agency's contracts, and prepare billing invoices.
Within 12 months rose from Claims Paralegal, assisting attorneys with claim handling, to Claims Representative, independently handling claims.
Key decision-maker including determining whether outside counsel is needed and directing litigation efforts for title defect resolution; assist with the preparation and review of pleadings, motions, discovery, and other litigation documents.
Negotiate with claimant, opposing counsel, and internal and agency offices for non-litigation claim resolution, presenting settlement opportunities and drafting related documents as needed.
Evaluate claims to minimize policy losses, saving company at least 40% by resolving issues in the most efficient way.
Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc., Lake Zurich, IL
Lead Paralegal, 5/2011–2/2012
Closely collaborated with attorneys in all 51 jurisdictions, reviewing the pleadings and ensuring that all correct motions are filed in court. Prepared analyses and effectively liaised between clients and attorneys to solve problems. Reviewed loans in alignment with Fannie May, Freddie Mac, and FHA guidelines and reviewed penalties and curtailment fees. Prepared legal research and meticulously reviewed original mortgage documents, foreclosure and demand letters, powers of attorney, and client resolutions.
Quickly learned new jurisdictions and applied knowledge to swiftly and efficiently resolve issues.
Regional specialist and team lead, developed legal career while simultaneously leading and mentoring fellow team members.
Gained broad knowledge of court rules and legal processes in Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.
Premier Title, Arlington Heights, IL
Title Examiner, 10/2006–3/2010
Analyzed public data to establish chain of title, liens, mortgages, and judgments affecting the land, purchaser, and borrower in order to prepare title commitments including refinance, real estate owned, foreclosure, buy/sell, and short sale transactions. Examined properties and checked surveys for building lines, public utility easements, and any violations. Issued residential, commercial, and construction policies as well as date down endorsements to mortgage policies. Made underwriting decisions such as raising special service areas, taxes, drainage districts, old mortgages, liens, or judgments.
Promoted to Title Examiner within first 18 months with company.
High level proficiency in prioritizing files, examined average of 15% more files than co-workers.
Performed underwriting duties by clearing titles by reviewing trust agreements, purchase contracts, estate documents, and LLC and corporation documents, clearing exceptions at the closing time.
Junior Examiner / Construction Escrow Officer, 7/2005–9/2006
Performed searches in order to update titles with changes including adding, modifying, or removing buyer names, lender information, effective date, and necessary title exceptions. Set up construction draws on the system, balanced files with general statements, and checked general statements and owner statements. Later dated construction and regular files, checked lien waivers, and performed construction payouts.
Significantly contributed to closings in regard to construction matters such as cleaning construction exceptions pre-closing and at the closing time.
Issued construction and commercial date down endorsements and assisted with residential, construction, and commercial policies.
First Midwest Bank, Arlington Heights, IL
Senior Commercial Loan Closing Administrator III, 1/2002-6/2005
Communicated with lending officers, customers, attorneys, appraisers, title companies, and other vendors to close various commercial loans in a timely manner. Analyzed rent rolls and personal financial statements, and checked credit reports. Continually maintained credit files such as modifications, extensions, financial statement updates, and preparing letters of credit and participation. Assisted lending officers with custom reports and special projects, and assisted Internal Loan Review with files, helping to clarify problems and financial information.
Closely collaborated with attorneys to resolve any issues and follow ups, and checked loan documents prior to the closing.
Assisted the Remediation Department with clearing liens, reviewing court cases, and preparing documents for hearings.
Trained and mentored other administrators and supervised in manager’s absence.
Established a seamless process of closing loans, wiring money, and receiving overdraft reports.
Education and Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Lvov Polytechnical Institute of Technology – Lvov, Ukraine
Paralegal Certification, DePaul University
Real Estate Title Examiner Course, Chicago Title Insurance Company
Notary Public, State of Illinois
Legal Files, Vax, LexisNexis, Pacer, Westlaw, Laser Pro, Treev, Laserfiche, Soft Pro, IBM Searching from Chicago Title, Team/Metro, Title Point, E-folder, Genesis, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, GroupWise