Sign in

Assistant Legal

Buffalo, NY
January 15, 2020

Contact this candidate


Michael T. Enser


●Paralegal skills:

-Personal injury/medical matters, domestic relations, NYS workers compensation, and litigation in general.

●Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint

●Case Management System (CMS), My Case, Clio, etc.


●B.A. Social Sciences Interdisciplinary / Legal Studies

Graduated 2005 - GPA/Percentage: 3.1: University at Buffalo

●A.A.S. Legal Studies

Graduated 2003 - GPA/Percentage: 3.4: Erie Community College

Work Experience

Fortitude Fire Protection, LLP Jacksonville FL Jun 2019 - Nov 2019

Sprinkler Fitter Foreman

Cox Fire Protection, Inc. Jacksonville FL Jul 2018 - Apr 2019

Sprinkler Fitter

Bank of America Jacksonville FL (Position moved to Texas) Oct 2012 - Jan 2017

Consumer Resolution Specialist / Litigation Case Manager

●Retain counsel, and provide them all the necessary business records to defend the bank’s interests in the matter, also including a budget in which they could bill for basic legal services without needing my review and approval to move forward in defending the bank.

●Executed loan modification, loss mitigation process, including ordering financials from the mortgagor to verify income processing these financials to determine borrower’s ability to pay (debt to income) if determined modification was an option.

●Mitigating risk by referring complex modifications, which put the bank at risk in litigation matters, along with regulatory compliance to a special team that had more discretion to give large principal balance reductions in order to modify some loans to make them affordable avoiding foreclosure.

●Assemble and compile documents for loan closings, such as title abstracts, insurance forms, loan forms, and

Tax receipts.

●Effectively managed more than 100 litigated foreclosure matters at any given time.

●Compiling research and business records to respond to Discovery Demands, such as Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Request for Admissions, etc.

●Constant communication with counsel and other interested parties, including multiple departments within the bank via; phone, email, and Mortgage servicing platforms, such as MSP, LPS, BKFS.

●Presented cases to internal legal for case direction / settlement authority.

●Responded to more than a hundred telephone calls and emails each day, setting up appointments, answering questions and collecting information about specific concerns.

●Receiving legal papers from intake reviewing these papers and or court filed and Served Court Pleadings to determine the necessity to retain outside counsel or if it be an issue that could be resolved either by myself or another internal department.

●Review and execution or approval to file Discovery Responses, Motions, Answers, or any other legal pleading to be filed with the court.

●Monthly diary of all matters I was handling uploading current court docket confirming the status provided by outside counsel along with ensuring the banks business records included any and all Pleadings filed on behalf or against the bank.

●Reviewing each case for settlement options and negotiating same, if settlement was not a viable option I would try to determine what obstacles we needed to overcome to proceed to Summary Judgment or Trial.

Special Funds 25A Buffalo, NY May 2011 – Jun 2012

Claims Examiner

●Using a Case management systems to manage many Workers Compensation Claims covered under Section 25a of NYS Workers Compensation Law.

●Very familiar with typical work injuries and the usual treatment sought after by most of these injured workers, such as prescriptions, physical therapy, chiropractic, and surgeries forecasting future costs over an injured workers lifetime to better determine the overall value of a claim.

● Helping the assigned attorney prepare for Hearings and acting on any Decisions that were made by the Workers Compensation Board.

●Reviewing each case for permanency or settlement and discussing potential resolutions with the attorney assigned to the file.

Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 Buffalo, NY Sep 2007 – April 2011

Apprentice Pipe Fitter (Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Company)

●Learned the trade of installation and service of fire suppression systems.

(Starting salary was greater than the Legal Assistant role I was in, and I saw this as an opportunity to learn a new trade that is respected by many of my family members.)

Feuerstein & Smith, LLP Buffalo, NY May 2005 – Sep 2007

Legal Assistant

●Client intake, greetings, phone calls, emails, to answer questions or provide status updates to clients.

●Dictation, editing Pleadings, and generating routine client correspondence.

●Keeping track of billable hours for all work performed on the file and forwarding the bill to the client, also tracking all disbursements paid in contingency fee matters.

●Review of cases with assigned attorney to providing any insight I may have in the matter and ask questions regarding their desired resolution of the matter and how I could assist to reach the attorneys goals in the case

M & M Private Investigations Buffalo, NY Jul 2005 – Jul 2012

Managing Partner (clients/firms: Nicholas, Perot, Smith, Bernhardt and Zosh, P.C., Neil and Strong Attorneys and Counselors and Feuerstein and Smith, LLP.)

●Creation of a business plan. Marketing the business, networking mainly through attorney contacts.

●Service of Process, primarily for a personal injury firm who I did an internship with, NPSB & Z

●Investigation of accident scenes, including taking witness statements and preparing Affidavits.

Contact this candidate