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Paralegal

Location:
Naperville, Illinois, United States
Posted:
November 07, 2018

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Robert W. Adams

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Naperville, Illinois 60563

Cell: 630-***-****

E-mail: ac7ms8@r.postjobfree.com

PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE OF DUPAGE, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

EXPERIENCE: Junior College with enrollment of over 5000 students

Biological Laboratory Assistant 2013-Present

Responsible for maintenance and preparation of microbiology labs, testing of chemicals, inoculations, autoclaving, and the preparation of chemicals including, but not limited to, citrates, agar, broths, mrvp and sim. This job was taken to support myself while seeking a full time paralegal position.

Please note: The gap between employment at Schiff Hardin LLP in 2009 to present was filled with both legal contract work and full time schooling in the medical field. Immediately after leaving Schiff Hardin after 20+ years I had been doing contract work before deciding to attend a medical program in cardiovascular sonography. While attending classes I was employed as a biological laboratory assistant to help defray tuition costs. After my medical training I decided to return back to the legal field since I found the work much more interesting. For this reason I am circulating copies of my resume. I believe an employer will find both my educational background and work experience quite impressive.

OVERVIEW: Litigation Paralegal

Accomplished paralegal with more than 20 years of progressive experience in senior level litigation and attorney support working on high-profile, multi-million dollar cases throughout an entire litigation life cycle, from initiation of case to discovery through trial and post-trial findings and appeals. Effective representative of firm in all client, court and public relations. Strong technical, research, communication and organizational skills.

PROFESSIONAL SCHIFF HARDIN, LLP, Chicago, Illinois

EXPERIENCE: Large legal firm with three nationwide offices and more than 400 attorneys and 600 support staff, headquartered in Chicago.

Litigation Paralegal 1996 to 10/2009

Litigation Project Assistant 1986-1996

Rapidly progressed to senior litigation paralegal supporting partners and senior associates on major, high profile, multi-million dollar litigation cases, delivering direct research, data and operational support through entire litigation life cycle, from initiation of a case to the discovery period through trial and post-trial findings and appeals. Worked directly with clients, associates, partners and all external case stakeholders. Accountable for achieving billable hours.

Core roles:

-Conducted bates-stamping, redaction, duplication and indexing of documents; categorized documents by subject matter, prepared chronology of facts and created production charts; gathered and prepared documents relevant to the deponent, organized exhibits, took notes and handled exhibits during deposition; summarized highlights of proceedings.

-Created and maintained internal case databases, executed searches on internal and external document databases and systems and led compilation of relevant information from various sources (print/online publications, case documents, trade associations). Organized briefs, exhibits and appendices. Prepared witness/matter materials for case preparation.

-Prepared for and attended depositions and compiled documents, proofread papers, organized exhibits and created document indices in the preparation of motion filing.

-Prepared for and attended trials; organized exhibits, files and all other supporting documents, coordinated trial set-up and logistics, assisted attorneys in courtroom: not taking, exhibit control and marking documents referred to by counsel. Assisted in the preparation of witness testimony and served as liaison between attorneys and staff.

File Maintenance and Recovery:

Responsible for the updating and maintenance of correspondence files, pleadings, expert witness files, production logs, case management, calendars, court filings and docketing. Scheduled depositions as well as interacting with Clerks of the Circuit Court.

E-Discovery:

Coordinated efforts between attorneys and vendors to have production documents electronically scanned and loaded onto databases (Concordance and Summation). Afterwards, responsible for searches, creating sub-files and electronic redactions. Many of these searches were used during deposition preparation and/or during trial which I often attended.

TECHINCAL: Experienced in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), as well as Concordance, CaseMap, Westlaw and Westcheck, as well as e-filing systems and database.

TRAINING: Completed numerous professional development courses, including product liability, medical terminology, discrimination, OSHA, HIPAA, asbestos, class action suits, consumer fraud, etc.

CERTIFICATION: Payroll Certification ADP (completed previous to working on a case for ADP)

LICENSURE: Private Pilot’s License, FAA

Accomplishments:

-Delivered top results for meeting and exceeding billable hour goals; in 22 of 23 years, met and/or exceeded billable hour goals with majority of years achieving 10-20% over goal.

-Consistently excelled in delivering top legal, research, organization and client interface support to attorneys in litigation processes coordinating expansive data sets and details for pre, intra and post trials.

-Trained, mentored and supported new and existing litigation paralegals in firm.

-Served as a source for paralegals in technical systems, databases and e-filing.

EDUCATION: LEWIS UNIVERSITY, Romeoville, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, Management Science (Graduated with Honors)

Recipient, School of Management Science Highest GPA Award

EDUCATION: COLLEGE OF DUPAGE, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Working Towards AA in Diagnostic Sonography; Biomedical Terminology, A&P I and II, Advanced Math with Polynomials and Logarithms, Psychology, Pathophysiology

TRAINING: Completed numerous professional development courses, including product liability, medical terminology, discrimination, OSHA, HIPAA, asbestos, class action suits, consumer fraud, etc.

CERTIFICATION: Payroll Certification ADP (completed previous to working on a case for ADP)

LICENSURE: Private Pilot’s License, FAA



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