Jocelyn de Castro
Key Skills and Competencies:
●Over nine years’ total experience in an executive office setting; litigation in medical malpractice, personal injury, family and domestic law, employment discrimination
●Distinguished tenacity in contract negotiations with military/government/military contractors and service providers
●Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel; Outlook, company-based computer programs: Time Matters, ED, AMICUS; Westlaw, LexisNexis-Accurint; and continuing career-related training
May 2018-Present: Personal Injury Paralegal, Beacon Hill Legal, Washington, D.C.
●Serve attorneys at the Office of the General Counsel, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority [WMATA];
●Provide assistance to personal injury attorneys in pre- and mid-litigation cases; Cradle-to-grave processes; Review Complaints, research history of plaintiff from Accurint;
●Request documentation from all departments within WMATA; Station Manager Logs, Incident reports; DriveCam, CCTV; BOCC, ROCC reports; Scrutinize reports, records, video recording; police reports; obtain HIPAA Authorization for medical and employment records;
●Draft pleadings - Answers, Removal, NOD, issue subpoena for medical and employment records;
●File with the courts accordingly, maintain files, receipts and all matters of correspondence;
●Coordinate schedules for deposition, hearing, court appearance, telephone conference;
●Assisted Chief Counsel on construction issues with architects, engineers, electricians, budget specialists; contract negotiations with bus and Metrorail and transit contractors;
●LawBase, Outlook, SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PROCOR;
●Fulfill other paralegal and administrative duties assigned.
February 2018-May 2018: Nurse Paralegal Consultant (Contractor), Private Practice, McLean, VA
●Provided assistance to the personal injury attorneys in mid-litigation cases, pre-trial cases;
●Sorted, reviewed, categorized documentations: medical records, employment-past and present;
●Consulted with experts, researched medical articles, journals; drafted pleadings, Bluebook citations, cross-reference cases, and medical abstracts;
●Prepared documents, summaries, chronologies in binders; preserved exhibits;
●Organized all matters of correspondence including court requests;
●Assisted in legal procedures; hearing preps and trial preparation;
●WestLaw, LexisNexis, MEDLINE, CINAHL, e-Discovery.
June 2017-October 2017: Paralegal, Alisa Kobrinetz Chernack, PLLC, Ellicott City, Maryland
●Assisted attorneys and staff in elder care law practice, guardianship, estate and will planning;
●Managed cases, reviewing, updating and maintenance with documents received; compiled document needs for confidential and non-confidential legal actions and correspondence;
●Performed searches utilizing LexisNexis; Drafted letters, pleadings, affidavits, deeds, and advance health planning documents; E-filed pleadings, attaching documents/exhibits;
hearing and trial preparation;
●Provided support in the administrative duties and responsibilities;
●Case management and billing in TimeMatters.
June 2016-May 2017: Legal Assistant, Clunk Paisley Hoose Co., LPA, Lexington, KY
●Provided support for mortgage and foreclosure corporate firm based in Stow, OH;
●Administrative procedures, communication, telephone phone support; provided assistance to Judgment Team, Litigation Team, Loss Mitigation and Bankruptcy;
●Run PACER, SCRA searches; uploaded documents and search results into firm’s operating system, ED; and to client’s software, i.e. Equator, LPS, Black Knight TEMPO;
●E-filed pleadings; managed and maintained confidential documents; Affidavits, AOM, Deeds, and Title, financial documents and correspondence;
●Assisted Sales Team; Presale and Post Sale processes; interfaced with court personnel and Master Commissioner’s office leading to successful sales with shorter turnaround time.
August 2008-2016: Nurse Paralegal/Paralegal Consultant – Contractor, Sturgill Turner Barker & Moloney PLLC; Ward Hocker & Thornton PLLC; Landrum & Shouse; William Davis, Esquire; other law firms, Lexington, KY
●Assisted supervising attorney and staff attorneys on healthcare law-medical malpractice cases, surgical errors (prima facie), misdiagnosis and medicine errors; personal injury, nursing home abuse, catastrophe-related injuries, mining accidents, work-related injuries;
●Procured confidential documents: FOIA, HIPAA forms;
●Reviewed medical records, advance health planning documents, cross-reference medical publications: journals, articles, interviewed experts; summarized progress notes; chronologies;
●Analyzed and investigated claims; investigative research in LexisNexis, Westlaw, assisted in Shepardizing cases, checking Bluebook citations;
●Prepared discovery documents, interrogatories, and responses; drafted pleadings, advance health planning documents including exhibits, testimonies; Created binders, presentations for court using PowerPoint;
●Assisted in settlement negotiations with successful outcomes and securing settlement funds.
August 2009 – May 2010: Paralegal Internship, Hurt Crosbie & May PLLC
●Assisted supervising attorney and staff attorneys on family/domestic law, personal injury, real estate, employment discrimination, and criminal law;
●Managed attorney calendars in AMICUS: meeting with clients for case intake liaise court reporters and opposing counsel; depositions and court appearances/docket;
●Assisted with document production and trial preparation; checked rules of court;
●Ascertained cases in employment discrimination for attorneys’ review and approval to cite in the Complaint; Westlaw, Shepardizing, Bluebook of Citations;
●Drafted and filed pleadings with exhibits; discovery, interrogatories; demand letters for attorney’s review and signature.
Other Significant Experience:
October 2012-July 2013: Contract Administrator, W. W. Williams Company
●Contract negotiator and administrator for Oshkosh Defense Network Midwest Region, USA - overseeing 11 branches, over 100 technicians;
●Implemented contract agreements, dispute resolution on vital time-sensitive concerns and complaints; compliance with government regulations;
●Slashed off $289,000.00 of past due accounts out of $347,000.00 in five months bringing the account to current and ensuring timely payments thereon by Excel, GUI/Trend operating systems.
●Continuing education toward Master’s in Paralegal Studies (online, currently working on a thesis)
●Paralegal Science certification, Eastern Kentucky University
●Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University
●BS-Biology, minor in Psychology, Cum laude; Manila Central University, Philippines
●Notary Public, Commonwealth of Kentucky
●Member: National Federation of Paralegal Associates