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legal assistant

Location:
Austin, Texas, United States
Posted:
October 08, 2016

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ZOE E WATSON

**** * *** #***. ****** TX *****

+512-***-**** : acwyzz@r.postjobfree.com

PROFILE SUMMARY

Detail-oriented Paralegal who applies excellent writing skills in drafting briefs, legal memorandums, motions, and correspondence. Conducts all legal business professionally and with little guidance from attorneys and supervisor. Adept at collaborating with a diverse range of legal personnel including associates, partners, and legal secretaries.

Personable Legal Assistant who displays the utmost level of professionalism and confidentiality. Follows directives and employs all necessary steps to excel in high-pressure situations. Willing to continually research and learn new techniques on how to improve the efficiency and efficacy of each case. CORE COMPETENCIES

Expertise in legal proceeding ● Understand confidentiality ● Tech-savvy ● Complex problem solving ● Teamwork player ● Meticulous details-oriented ● Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills ● Case Management ● Documentation Expertise ● Computer Proficiency ● Superb legal research skills ● Database Management ● Analytical Thinking ● Coordination and organizational expertise ● Telephone Etiquette ● Multi-Project Management ● Team Development & Leadership ● Discrepancy Resolution ● Daily docket reports ● Calendar and scheduling PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Excellent writing skills and experience in drafting a wide range of legal documents including pleadings, discovery, motions, memoranda of law, briefs and correspondence.

Extensive knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of civil litigation.

Possessing exceptional ability in computer technology and conversant with the use of MS Office Suite and handling printers and scanners effectively.

Effective and proactive ability to communicate and correspond with clients and medical providers.

Strong ability to review, organizes, maintain and summarize documents produced by other parties/medical providers with error free.

Experienced in evidence collection, maintained calendar for Attorneys and skills in schedule depositions and trials.

Ability to research documents and publications for details that would establish evidence.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Legal Assistant/Office Administrator Apr2015 - Present DLG Luce Salazar PLLC, Austin, TX

Coordinated the activities of directors, engineers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

Providing efficient and high level secretarial and administrative support to both the firm and to main attorney while maintaining absolute confidentiality in all matters related to the firm and cases, such as monitoring calendars, faxes, emails and mail.

Coordinating and preparing exhibits for electronic filing to various Texas courts while also preparing various legal documents such as discovery.

Maintaining, creating and organizing both electronic and hard copies of all case files.

Creating and requesting various requests for documents such as medical, billing and insurance correspondence or requests, and following up until all requests are received.

Running the office full-time while attorney’s balances time between locations, serving as the only person in the office, and the liaison between the attorney and any and all Austin clients.

While running the office full-time, various responsibilities such as setting up new clients and their contractual agreements, distributing disbursement and settlement checks to clients, depositing settlement money, and maintaining the order of all office supplies.

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant Aug2014 - Apr2015

Ensured and maintained privacy and confidentiality for all documents that were received and sent to and from co- counsel, court, clients through mail, fax and email.

Documented attorney hours using the time billing software Elite to guarantee proper payments for the 15 attorneys Practicing at the firm.

Scheduled the entire firm's calendar of meetings, depositions, and conference room usage.

Greeted all customers and directed them to appropriate places.

Answered the main phone line, using the switchboard phone operating system Avaya, while screening and directing all calls to the appropriate attorney.

ZOE E WATSON

3625 S 1st #122. Austin TX 78704

+512-***-**** : acwyzz@r.postjobfree.com

Front Desk Secretary Jun2014 - Aug2015

Bastrop Family Dental, Brian Watson DDS, Bastrop, TX

Responsible for scheduling appointments, insurance billing, various phone call skills, kept patient's information updated in computer at all times, performed other clerical duties as needed.

Organized, maintained and safeguarded confidential medical files for over 1000 clients.

Utilized positive human relations skills to interact with administration, staff, clients, and visitors.

Processed cash and credit payments rapidly and accurately.

Achieved effective work in a team as well as independently to keep the practice running smoothly. Archaeology Field Work Mar2013 - Jun2013

Programme for Belize, Belize City, Belize

Led crew members as crew chief, which included knowledge in GPS, maps, and daily plan of action.

Conducted survey and excavation when needed throughout Belize City.

Responsible for inputting daily notes into Excel documents and GPS information into GIS platform. PROFESSIONAL AWARD/AFFILIATION

Ampla Cum Laude on Dean's Honors List at The University of Texas at Austin.

Awarded membership into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Ranks in the top 7.5% of seniors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Awarded Friends of ACC $2,500 scholarship.

Achieved "Scholastic Excellence" while enrolled at Austin Community College while finishing up my University of Texas degree.

American Associate of Notaries.

E D U C A T I ON

Bachelor of Arts GPA: 3.5736 Hours: 112 Aug2010 - Jun2017

Major(s): Anthropology, American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies,

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Major(s): Paralegal Certificate, Paralegal Certification GPA: 4.00 Jan2016 - Present

Austin Community College

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Project, Outlook, Visio)

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