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KASSEM & ASSOCIATES, Clifton, NJ 2018-Present
MANAGING PARALEGAL – Personal injury Pre-Litigation, Litigation and Trial preparation – Delegates tasks and set deadlines, oversees day-to-day teams' operation and performance, discovers training needs and provides coaching. Listens to team members’ feedback and resolves any issues or conflicts. Client intake, reviews and summarizes medical records. Heavy contact with insurance carriers regarding PIP, BI and PD claims. Direct contact with medical providers for client records and bills. Prepares and finalizes legal documents i.e. discovery responses, discovery requests, motions, pleadings and correspondences. Create affidavits of service and mailing labels. Answer phones, files pleadings, motions and other documents via e-file system.
WEG AND MYERS, P.C., New York, NY 2018-2018
PARALEGAL – Civil Litigation – Prepared and finalized legal documents i.e. discovery responses, discovery requests, motions, pleadings and correspondences. Listened to and transcribed dictation tapes. Created RJI requests, blue backs, affidavits of service and mailing labels. Answered phones, filed pleadings, motions, stipulations and other documents. Arranged documents for service. Maintained attorney calendar regarding depositions and Court dates. Daily communication with Court staff.
CHIESA SHAHINIAN & GIANTOMASI, P.C., West Orange, NJ 2016-2017
LEGAL ASSISTANT – Civil Litigation, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Special Education Law and Real Estate – Organized client files; monitored attorney calendars; meeting deadlines; documenting actions; inputting information into file database and case management software; confirming case status with attorney. Helped develop cases by maintaining contact with parties involved; scheduling depositions; preparing and forwarding summonses and subpoenas; drafting complaints; preparing and filing discovery requests; preparing responses to opposing counsel; generating status reports; kept clients informed by maintaining contact; communicating case progress. Maintained case costs by verifying outstanding balances with attorney, clients, and providers. Supported case preparation by preparing case summaries and materials for mediation conferences; prepared pleadings; monitored and obtained discovery responses; organized materials for team case review.
Enhanced trial proceedings by organizing demonstrative evidence; prepared exhibits and scheduled witnesses.
FRUCHTER, WEISS & ASSOCIATES, Kenilworth, NJ 2013-2016
LEGAL ASSISTANT – Pre-Litigation and Litigation, Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Civil Law - Conducted the initial interview of potential clients involved in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Premises Liability matters. Prepared and drafted letters of representation and Notices of Claim to all parties; drafted Arbitration submissions, Arbitration award summaries and Claim Petitions. Managed Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation files; prepared Pleadings and Discovery, heavy
dictation, answered phones, scheduled appointments, kept track of attorney calendar, billing and organization of files. Prepared DMV searches; corresponded daily with Insurance Adjusters regarding Property Damage, PIP and Bodily Injury Claims. Corresponded daily with clients regarding case status; reviewed medical records and prepared Medical Specials Package to insurance companies for settlement. Prepared client closing statements and negotiated payments with treating facilities.
STEVEN P. HADDAD, P.C., Edison, NJ 2011-2013
LEGAL ASSISTANT – Personal Injury – Pre-litigation and Litigation, Plaintiff and Workers’ Compensation - Organized and summarized medical records. Drafted Medical chronologies and performed legal research. Drafted and filed claim petitions. Answered interrogatories and prepared discovery demand packages. Communicated daily with Court personal and insurance adjusters.
OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, Newark, NJ 2005-2011
TRANSCRIPT COORDINATOR - Fulfilled requests of Public Defenders and Pool attorneys within the State for client transcripts. Communicated daily with court reporters for each county. Maintained case management database, filing, typing and answering phones.
A.A.S., PARALEGAL STUDIES
Kaplan University, Jacksonville, FL 2012
SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE
The Cittone Institute, Edison, NJ 2002
NOTARY PUBLIC, New Jersey & New York