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Assistant Legal

Location:
Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
Salary:
85,000.00
Posted:
November 29, 2018

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Ana R. Almanzar

Piscataway, NJ

CELL # 732-***-****

ac7ts5@r.postjobfree.com

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

A self-motivated, organized, assertive, and personable professional who works efficiently in a multicultural setting. Bilingual in Spanish and English with exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Extensive skill set and knowledge includes – but is not limited to –case management and organization, legal analysis, research and community outreach. Office Manager Assistant experience, Administrative Assistant experience, Executive Assistant experience to CEO of corporate business, Bookkeeping, Research and Development, Public Relations, Fundraising and Events Coordinator experience, and Business Contracts and Transactional experience. Experience in corporate office business and law, as well as community service projects.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EICHEN, CRUTCHLOW, ZASLOW & McELROY, LLP, EDISON, NJ June 2017 to November 2017 - Temporary Assignment

Sr. Litigation Paralegal/Legal Assistant

● Maintenance and full work up work Medical Malpractice Cases and Personal Injury matters.

● Drafting of correspondence to clients, doctors, attorneys, courts, experts, etc.

● Answering telephone calls of clients, attorneys, Courts, Experts and other pertinent individuals regarding the cases

● Maintaining calendar for my immediate supervisor, a partner with the firm

● Setting of meetings, conferences, depositions, interrogatory answering, interviews with new potential clients

● Photocopying, scanning of documents

● Faxing

● Dictation; note taking (speedwriting) and also use of electronic dictation using the program BIGHAND and RealLegal e-Transcript

● Typing, Word for Windows and Wordprefect

● Filing

● Handling important documents relative to case files

● Drafting, finalization and filing of legal documents with the courts

● Legal Research with Lexis Nexis

● Requesting medical records, expert reports, transcripts

● E-filing on e-Courts system for NJ Superior Court matters

● Preparation of Trial Binders, Exhibits, Boards, Presentations and other pertinent materials for use in Court for Trials

● Work and entering updated information on cases into Needles Legal Program used a database for cases with the firm

● Use of Fonality phone system

● Use of Excel

● Use of Powerpoint

● Microsoft Outlook

● NJ Lawyers Diary online

● NJ Lawyers Service online

● HUD Fonality phone system

● Use of Plaintiff Legal Program

LEVINSON AXELROD, PA, EDISON, NJ April 2016-February 2017 Sr. Paralegal/Legal Assistant

● Managed and analyzed Personal Injury cases (auto and slip and fall) by assisting attorneys to prepare for hearings, trails, depositions, investigative interviews, guardianship ad litem hearings, conferences and board meetings.

● Entering and maintaining up to date information in Plaintiff Legal Program used a main platform database for the firm.

● Drafted letters to clients, doctors, insurance companies and the Courts.

● Conducted interviews of potential new clients and new cases.

● Assisted in negotiating and settling cases with insurance companies and other attorney’s offices by preparing settlement packages for arbitration hearings and reviews according to the Best Practices Guidelines.

● Worked for 3 Associates of the firm. Served as their right hand assistant to each.

● Maintained calendars for attorneys, business, personal and as well as travel arrangements.

● Met with clients to review and prepare interrogatories, legal documents and agreements.

● Retained appropriate experts and their reports in meeting with discovery demands.

● Drafted and finalized motions, Complaints, Summons, Summary Judgment Motions, oppositions, other miscellaneous pleadings, responsive pleadings, and prepared evidence and exhibits for trial and arbitration briefs.

● Analyzed and assembled complex information and data, managing litigation and administrative timelines.

● Knowledge of premises, auto liability, personal injury, contractual and common law indemnifications.

● Preparation of Appeal Binders and pleadings.

● Responsible for Timekeeping and entering time into Javelan program for my attorneys for billing purposes and running reports at the end of each month and then invoicing clients for payment.

● Review of complaints, contracts and other pertinent agreements for proofreading and final submission to the Courts, title agencies and other counsel.

● Heavy telephone conduct and interaction with clients, adversaries, Courts, insurance companies and experts.

● Use of Needles Legal Program

LINDABURY, McCORMICK, ESTABROOK & COOPER, P.C., WESTFIELD, NJ August 2009– June 2015 Paralegal/Legal Assistant

● Managed and analyzed over 150+ cases by assisting attorneys to prepare for hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences, investigative interviews, guardianship ad litem hearings, management conferences, ethic hearings and board meetings.

● Drafted letters to clients', doctors, insurance companies, outside counsel and the Courts.

● Conducted intakes of potential new clients and new cases.

● Assisted in negotiating and settling cases with insurance companies and other attorney’s offices by preparing settlement packages for arbitration hearings and reviews according to the Best Practices Guidelines.

● Worked for 3 shareholders/partners of the firm. Served as their right hand assistant to each.

● Maintained calendars for attorneys, business, personal and as well as travel arrangements.

● Met with clients to review and prepare interrogatories, legal documents and agreements.

● Retained appropriate experts and their reports in meeting with discovery demands.

● Drafted and finalized motions, Complaints, Summons, Summary Judgment Motions, oppositions, other miscellaneous pleadings, responsive pleadings, and prepared evidence and exhibits for trial and arbitration briefs.

● Analyzed and assembled complex information and data, managing litigation and administrative timelines.

● Knowledge of premises, auto liability, personal injury, contractual and common law indemnifications.

● Preparation of Appeal Binders and pleadings.

● Responsible for Timekeeping and entering time into Javelan program for my attorneys for billing purposes and running reports at the end of each month and then invoicing clients for payment.

● Review of complaints, contracts and other pertinent agreements for proofreading and final submission to the Courts, title agencies and other counsel.

● Heavy telephone conduct and interaction with clients, adversaries, Courts, insurance companies and experts.

● Extensive work done in matters of Construction Law, Corporative Law, Insurance Law and Environmental Litigation, Estate and Probate Law; PBAs, Non-Profit, Incorporation of Businesses, Matrimonial, Personal Injury, (Auto and Slip and Fall), Residential and Commercial Real Estate as well as Ethics matters.

● Legal Research and investigative law to gather necessary evidence for service upon defendants as well as other pertinent matters.

LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD SIMON, P.C., NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ April 2003– August 2009 Paralegal – Personal Injury Matters, Criminal Law, Matrimonial and Worker’s Compensation Matters LAW FIRM OF MICHAEL J. GRIMALDI,NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ February 2001– April 2003 Paralegal/Legal Assistant – Personal Injury, Matrimonial and Worker’s Compensation matters PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION, PLAINFIELD, NJ August 1997– February 2001 Executive Administrative Office Assistant

CONIFER REALTY / LELAND GARDENS, PLAINFIELD, NJ October 1995– July 1997 Assistant Property Manager/Leasing Agent

PISANO, TRIARSI, & BETANCOURT, ESQS,CRANFORD, NJ June 1989– June 1994 Executive Senior Legal Assistant – Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Labor Disputes, Matrimonial, Municipal Matters, Ethics Committee matters and Criminal Law FROST, RHODES AND FAIVUS, ESQS,PLAINFIELD, NJ February 1987– June 1989 Paralegal/Legal Assistant – Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Traffic Violations, Ordinance issues, Matrimonial and Labor Laws

EDUCATION

STRAYER UNIVERSITY, 2010-2013

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration

UNION COUNTY COLLEGE,Cranford, NJ 1987-1989

Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; Law and Politics; Sciences Major HORIZONS PARALEGAL SCHOOL,Linden, NJ

Certification in Paralegal Studies

HIGHLAND PARK BUSINESS SCHOOL,Highland Park, NJ 1986-1987 Certification in Office Automation/Office Skills/Bookkeeping and Basic Accounting PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL,Plainfield, NJ

Political and Business Sciences; College preparatory courses - Graduate of Class of 1986 CERTIFICATIONS:

Notary Public; Certified Court Interpreter; NAFE Member; Hispanic Business Women's Association Membership; National Association of Female Executives; Hispanic Business Chamber of Commerce; Former Field Rep for the Puerto Rican Congress of NJ; Former Chairperson and Founder of a Community Based Non-Profit Organization

(HCAP); Fundraising skills; Proposal and Grant Writing Training Certificate; Events Coordinator Training AFFILIATIONS:

MEMBER OF THE UNION COUNTY AND MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEGAL SECRETARIES ASSOCIATIONS; NATIONAL EXECUTIVE FEMALES ORGANIZATION (NAFE); FORMER NJEA MEMBER; NATIONAL PTO ASSOCIATION; NATIONAL NOTARIES ASSOCIATION; NOTARY PUBLIC OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY IN GOOD STANDING; MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF THE HISPANIC FEMALE LEADERS OF AMERICA; NATIONAL PARALEGAL PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION; PROUD VOLUNTEER MEMBER AND TEACHER OF THE AMERICAN LITERACY PROGRAM – PLAINFIELD, NJ CHAPTER; RED CROSS VOLUNTEER; CIVIL RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION TO THE MAYOR FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF PISCATAWAY; YOUTH MENTOR/ADVISOR FOR YOUTH PROGRAM IN MY COMMUNITY; FORMER FIELD REPRESENTATIVE AND MEMBER OF THE PUERTO RICAN CONGRESS

Summary of Skills and Qualifications:

Legal Research and Presentations

Assisted attorneys in preparing for trials, hearings, and closings. Conducted legal research and gathering relevant information for various cases. Researching the facts of the case as well as identifying the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, and legal articles relevant to the case. Gathered and analyzed information, obtained medical records, reports, investigation reports and records, ER visit and accident reports, prepared written reports/summaries for the attorneys to use to determine how the case should be handled. Prepared presentations for clients and attorneys. Client Interviews:

Conducted initial client interviews and screenings for potential new clients, as well as met with existing clients. Obtained information about the legal problems of the client. Was in attendance in meetings with attorneys and observed questioning of clients and details of cases and took notes to prepare to conduct subsequent interviews with clients and witnesses. Located and interviewed witnesses, prepared memos summarizing the testimony for the attorney.

Drafting of Legal Documents:

Drafted legal documents, drafted correspondence and pleadings, such as complaints, subpoenas, interrogatories, deposition notices, motions, Certifications, pretrial orders, and legal briefs with various parties. Prepared pleadings and exhibits to submit to the Court of appeals. Office Administration Duties:

In addition to the above duties, I also handled administrative tasks such as filing papers, answering telephone calls, photocopying, dictation, faxing, archiving, opening and closing files and maintaining and organizing reference files and calendars. I also ran reports at the end of the month and kept expense reports and bookkeeping information on cases I worked on. I maintained the schedule for my 3 attorneys, heavy telephone interaction with clients, lawyers, witnesses, experts and court personnel to schedule interviews, hearings, meetings, depositions, IME exams and trials. Also, handled any needed travel arrangements. I am experienced with Word, Excel, Power Point, Steno, electronic dictation and old style dictation, Javelan and Plaintiff. I have been present with my attorneys at times in attending trials, depositions, will executions, real estate closings, and court or administrative hearings. Corporate Paralegal Duties:

As a corporate paralegal, I handled numerous varied documents for the shareholders I worked under which were 3 of them. I did all the above-mentioned work including, but not limited to, corporation inception, by-laws and minutes, business registration with the State of New Jersey, operational agreements, setting up of franchises, construction law matters, bids, proposals, non-profit organization matters and business incorporations. I worked on agreements, contractual law, insurance litigation matters, PBAs, commercial and residential real estate, foreclosures, Ethic Committee matters, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and many more other miscellaneous matters. I am a very well organized person with the ability to multitask and complete all tasks assigned to me in a timely manner and meet my deadlines successfully.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

Languages: English, Spanish, French, American Sign Language Technical:Type 65 WPM; Steno and speedwriting; Microsoft Office, Word, WordPerfect, Libra Accounting System, QuickBooks; Quattro;Legal Research and Document Review Expert; Verdict Program and Internet Literate; File maintenance for case-loads and trial preparation; Evidence Research and preparation; Time and Billing experience; Translation Services, written and oral from English to Spanish and Spanish to English; Expertise in Javelan Legal Time keeping and accounting program; Plaintiff program, Executive Legal Secretary Experience; Proposal & Grant Writing, Drafting and Finalization; Project Development and Coordinator. Fundraising/Event Coordinator; Research and Development; Experience with logistics and project analysis and budgeting; Preparing Budgets and reports for presentations Legal Research; Paralegal experience and certification; Experience in Personal Injury litigation, matrimonial, civil and criminal matters, custody cases, business ventures and incorporations; Preparation of documents for closings for residential and commercial real estate; medical malpractice matters, Ethics Committee hearings; Appeals; Collections; drafting, review and finalization of contracts and operating agreements; Non-Profit Organization Skills; Community Affairs Field Rep. Experience. Field Research; Assessment of community needs and services; Negotiations/Mediator Experience; Education and Experience in Social Sciences; Translation services (oral and written); ESL Tutoring; Presentation, Preparation and Display



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