ELLEN M. COSTA
Fairfield, CT 06825
Dynamic highly skilled detail oriented legal assistant / administrative assistant / executive assistant
●Proficient with Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, WordPerfect, Outlook; Social Media, Google Docs/Drive,
Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Skype, Needles, Adobe, PC Law, TABS, Timeslips, E-filing in State and Federal
Courts and Internet.
●Accurate and fast word-processing/keyboarding, dictation and proofreading skills with ability to perform independently
●Created and edited PowerPoint presentations for land use and zoning hearings, education seminars, settlement negotiations and mediations
●Excellent communications, interpersonal, coordinative and organizational skills
●Published four websites - currently live and online is newenglandadjusters.com
Multiple contract temporary assignments as a Legal Administrative Assistant – 8/2017 to the present (currently Goldstein and Peck, P.C. in Bridgeport, CT
RODIE & CONNOLLY, PC - Attorneys, Stratford, CT 7/2016 to 3/2017
Legal Administrative Assistant (plaintiff personal injury)
●Supported senior partner of a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm.
●Prepared and e-filed court documents and pleadings, prepared and answered interrogatories and requests for production.
●Interfaced with attorneys and insurance adjusters regarding summaries, medical records and billing.
●Facilitated client relations and maintained legal calendars with the goal of securing the maximum monetary award for the client.
MAHER & MURTHA, LLC – Attorneys, Bridgeport, CT 4/2015 to 7/2016
Legal Administrative Assistant (general practice)
●Worked with three attorneys in a general practice law firm with an emphasis on insurance defense, personal injury, evictions, family/divorce and foreclosure committee matters.
●Performed full range of legal assistant and clerical duties.
●Multitasked to ensure the different areas of practice were meeting client expectations.
GOLDMAN, GRUDER & WOODS, LLC –Attorneys, Norwalk, CT 1/2014 to 3/2015
Legal Assistant/Paralegal (collections)
●Assisted a partner and associate with collections for Nursing Homes and other elder care matters.
●Prepared and e-filed summons, complaints, PJR’s as well as other court documents and arrange for service of process.
●Maintained legal calendars.
●Performed internet research and due diligence on a mission to collect delinquent account balances.
AMENDOLA & AMENDOLA, LLC – Fairfield, CT 10/2010 to 07/2013
Legal Assistant/Paralegal (family/divorce)
●Supported senior partner with a variety of day-to-day administrative assistance such as:
preparation and e-filing of legal documents, e-filing pleadings and discovery requests, financial affidavits and correspondence, updated litigation files and scheduling client conferences.
●Interfaced with clients, opposing counsel and court personnel.
●Scheduled depositions and arranged for court reporters.
●Arranged for service of process.
●Facilitated settlement negotiations and trials to obtain the best possible results for the client.
CACACE, TUSCH & SANTAGATA – Stamford, CT 04/1998 to 07/2009
Legal Administrative Assistant
●Worked with partner and associates in Family Law, Planning and Zoning, Real Estate and Criminal.
●Performed full range legal assistant, paralegal and clerical duties.
●Implemented a system to learn new technology.
●Acted as back-up receptionist when needed to keep the firm running smoothly and achieve the best result for the client.
●Butler Business School, Bridgeport, Connecticut - legal assistant certificate
●Fairfield University Continuing Education Fairfield, Connecticut – continuing education - computer graphics program
●Housatonic Community College – various computer courses