SANDRA M. SAMSON
WOOD DALE, IL *0191
● Independently retained to consult on variety of general pre-litigation matters. Also retained through agencies to assist on document productions and oversee long-term substantive litigation at firms to include Kirkland & Ellis (various commercial), Katten Muchin (State Farm matters), Littler Mendelson (Labor & Employment), Wexler Wallace (Plaintiff’s Class Action), LaunchPoint (Subrogation) and Huron Consulting (Contracts). Utilized Concordance, Summation, Relativity and Excel to abstract and apply relevant data for analysis and reporting.
09/2011-01/2012 Northwestern Memorial Hospital Part-Time Claims Analyst
Investigated general liability claims arising from alleged losses at Hospital; applied legal concepts such as chain of custody and assumption of risk to analyze; consequently denied claims or negotiated fair monetary settlement. In 4-month period, settlements awarded amounted to less than $1000.00.
Collected and preserved evidentiary materials and documentation responsive to medical malpractice discovery.
Maintained reference library consisting of directories, policy and procedure slip sheets, standards, and practice manuals.
Served as cross-departmental liaison with Nursing, Security, Risk Management, Patient Services, and Records Management to address potential liabilities and troubleshoot to resolve all direct and peripheral issues efficiently and economically.
08/2004-05/2006 McKenna Storer Asbestos/Toxic Tort/Medical Malpractice Paralegal
Reviewed and summarized numerous medical records and discovery for alleged injuries sustained due to exposure to asbestos, silica, ETO, and benzene; also reviewed and summarized records for medical malpractice and nursing home claims.
Developed SQL database to chronologize pertinent histories.
04/2003-07/2004 Planek, Fitzgerald & Cross In-House Insurance Defense Paralegal
Assigned to investigate, research, and analyze personal injury claims for two attorneys. Drafted routine pleadings, dispositive motions and discovery; acted as executive assistant, handling all administrative matters; negotiated disposition of claims subject to approval of claims adjuster, with results favorable to parent company Fireman’s Fund Insurance.
Reviewed and prepared in-depth medical summaries utilizing MS Access; drafted corresponding deposition outlines for all attorneys.
03/1998-03/2003 Co-Counsel Senior Paralegal/Independent Contractor
Assigned to several long-term assignments at prominent firms including: Matkov Saltzman for Title VII disputes and the Overnite Transportation strike, assisting on an NLRB hearing in Memphis; Clausen Miller, assisting on four medical malpractice trials, all resulting in defense verdicts; and McAndrews, Held & Malloy, for intellectual property litigation, handling large volumes of production documents utilizing Summation, and traveling for depositions and Markman hearing in San Francisco Federal Court.
10/1995-02/1998 Mayer Brown & Platt Paralegal: National Breast Implant Litigation
Appointed co-chair of medical committee to oversee all issues related to medical claims and to develop Concordance database to summarize records. Summarized records for claims arising in assigned territory. Oversaw work of three fellow paralegals.
Organized and maintained reference library consisting of expert materials, scientific literature, and deposition and trial transcripts from multiple state and federal jurisdictions; utilized Concordance to track incoming materials and national distribution of same.
Investigated, researched and interviewed potential expert witnesses in specialties as diverse as rheumatology, neurology, psychiatry, epidemiology and chemistry.
Assisted co-coordinating counsel Kirkland & Ellis at class action trial in New Orleans State Court; cited for ability to multi-task in a high pressure, fast-paced environment.
08/1990-07/1995 Phelan Pope & John Lead Paralegal
Recruited as lead paralegal assigned to numerous complex cases arising from product/pharmaceutical/premises liability, toxic tort, catastrophic loss, reinsurance, insurance defense, intellectual property, securities and breach of contract.
Responsible for all aspects of case management: document productions; maintaining document databases employing MS Access, MS Excel and Concordance; answering discovery and preparing document requests; interviewing witnesses; drafting testimony outlines; conducting probative investigations to effectuate powerful case strategy; acting as liaison with all parties to litigation in efforts to promote amenable resolution to present and future claims and/or business interests.
Prepared for and assisted on numerous trials and administrative hearings as lead or co-lead paralegal.
Promoted to Team Leader, advising paralegals on case management, database construction, effective discovery and HR issues.
11/1988-07/1990 Freeborn & Peters Asbestos Personal Injury Defense Paralegal
Oversaw complete work-up and management of cases pending in Cook and McLean Counties following Manville Corporation’s emergence from bankruptcy and organization of the Trust.
Supervised staff of five to manage voluminous amount of pleadings, discovery, depositions, records, and literature.
Assisted at three groundbreaking trials, all mitigated successfully.
Prepared monthly status letter to client, reporting on developments in the 9-state territory assigned to Freeborn & Peters.
Coordinated National Asbestos Defense Conference for over 100 attorneys gathered in Chicago.
HOSPITALITY/ MARKETING EMPLOYMENT:
08/2008-Present Independent Consultant
Acted as both FOH employee and business development specialist for distinguished venues. Duties include planning and executing events, negotiating contracts, and authoring action plans in response to RFP’s. This employment has sharpened my communication, research, analytical, and negotiation skills, which has in turn optimized this skill set applicable in the legal forum.
Exceptional investigative, research and analytical skills, with ability think in abstract to strategize and problem solve.
Superb organization skills for document intensive cases, with incentive to disseminate relevant information and present in useful formats such as charts, spreadsheets, database reports, memoranda, demonstrative exhibits, and PowerPoint presentations.
Noteworthy communication and “people skills”, evidenced by longstanding ability to extract information and obtain documents and material evidence from clients and witnesses.
Especially adept at reviewing and summarizing medical and other complex records, juxtaposing allegations against legal admissibility, and/or undisputed facts.
Consistent commendations for alert trial preparation and assistance expertise, with keen eye for anticipating needs.
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL: Paralegal Generalist Program with Honors
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL: B.S. Business Administration/Marketing