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Pro-Active Junior Attorney

Location:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Posted:
January 18, 2017

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GILLIAN MALER, ESQ.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

acycmk@r.postjobfree.com 954.***.**** www.linkedin.com/in/gillianmaler PRO-ACTIVE JUNIOR ATTORNEY

Extensive Research & Writing Expertise Certified Mediator & Arbitrator Junior/Associate attorney with diverse experience in multiple areas of law including mediation, ethics, bankruptcy, criminal justice, pre-trial, discovery, litigation, and settlement negotiations. Expertise in research and writing including briefs, motions, pleadings, and proposed orders. Recognized as a collaborative team member who consistently meets deadlines with integrity. Paralegal expertise in contested foreclosures. Known for looking at challenges as opportunities and having strong competencies in problem-solving, innovative solutions, and research skills. Consistently thinks strategically and uses analytic skills to give practical advice based on business objectives. Possess high degree of professionalism, good business judgment, and recognized for managing substantial caseload in fast-paced environments. Recognized for consistently “staying cool, calm, and collected.” Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills with internal teams and clients. Build relationships quickly and sustain positive interactions with all key stakeholders. Areas of Competencies:

Case Analysis Research and Writing Dispute Resolution

Communications Professionalism Drafting

Motions/Pleadings

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SHEPARD BROAD COLLEGE OF LAW, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Research Assistant May 2015 to December 2015

Performed extensive legal research for Professor Randolph Braccialarghe’s courses on Federal Rules of Evidence and Professional Responsibility.

Selected to write memorandum for proposed amendments to Florida foreclosure laws. Paper was presented by prestigious university professor at the annual Uniform Law Commission conference.

Worked directly with professor to develop legal arguments in defense of clients with pending disciplinary hearings before the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Committee. Teaching Assistant December 2014 to May 2015

Researched and analyzed case law, legislation, and other legal authorities applicable to hypothetical sexual harassment case under Title VII for Professor Camille Lamar’s Lawyering Skills and Values course.

Prepared students for first-year oral arguments by drafting model trial briefs and practicing persuasive writing and effective issue-spotting techniques.

TRIPP SCOTT, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Law Clerk May 2014 to August 2014

Engaged in all phases of trial preparation, including drafting of pre-trial and trial pleadings, preparing trial folders and exhibits, scheduling of mediations and hearings on attorneys’ calendars, and coordination with expert witnesses.

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Researched case and statutory law and drafted successful memoranda on issues involving attorney’s fees awarded to prevailing parties and notice of acceleration compliance in mortgage foreclosure case. Paralegal May 2011 to August 2013

Appointed litigation paralegal to assist attorneys with time-sensitive motions and discovery responses requiring in-depth research and case analysis.

Established positive relationships and expedited cases efficiently by communicating with clients and opposing counsel to provide case status updates and obtain agreements on various motions.

Managed and drafted complaints, reviewed original documents for accuracy of information, and tracked each file for recording billable hours.

STARBUCKS, Pembroke Pines, FL

Barista June 2008 to April 2011

Multitasked café and drive-through orders with maximum efficiency by working in a cohesive team environment and communicating regularly with staff and customers to ensure quality customer service for all beverages and retail sales.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Shepard Broad College of Law, NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 2016

Magna Cum Laude graduate (3.43 GPA)

Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator o Provided mediation services through university’s Dispute Resolution Clinic for numerous cases in small claims court, juveniles charged with first-time misdemeanors, tenant-to-tenant disputes in local housing authorities, and auto negligence claims.

ILSA Journal of International & Comparative law, Associate Executive Editor o Responsible for source pulling and citation checking of each article accepted for publication and ensuring that all editing work is timely completed by staff members.

Pro Bono Honors Program

o Completed 116 hours of pro bono legal services for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Staff Attorneys’ Office. Reviewed motions for post-conviction relief brought pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.850, researched substantive and procedural issues regarding personal jurisdiction, and discussed legal analysis with judges sitting in the Circuit Civil and Juvenile Divisions of the Court. Certificate in Paralegal Studies, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Coral Gables, FL, July 2010

Concentrations in Essential Paralegal Skills, Tort Law, Florida Practice and Procedures, and Contract Law Bachelor of Arts (BA), English Literature & Psychology, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, FL, May 2008

Magna Cum Laude graduate (3.8 GPA)

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship recipient

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & INTERESTS

Member, Emerge Broward Connect Committee

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity and Humane Society of Broward County Volleyball, Hiking national parks, The Hunger Games series, and Baking



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