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Assistant Civil

Church Hill, TN, 37642
February 20, 2020

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Christopher S. Kerley, MA, CP

**** ****** *****

Church Hill, TN 37642

Tel: 423-***-****



May and Coup Law Offices: Mount Carmel, TN

Dates Employed: March 2019 – present (seeking advancement)

Duties: Prepare wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney; handle probate administration; construction litigation; prepare quitclaim and warranty deeds; handle boundary dispute litigation; municipal administration; delinquent taxes; divorce; new client/ prospect screening; drafting correspondence; drafting pleadings

Senior Litigation Paralegal

Eastman Credit Union

Dates Employed: Jul 2010 – May 2018

Employment Duration 7 yrs 11 months

Management of delinquent accounts for litigation and post-judgment collection proceedings; liens and lien releases; negotiation of settlements; preparation and filing of garnishments, bank levies, and other post judgment relief. Work with a variety of financial management software systems.


Baswell-Guthrie, P.C.

Dates Employed: Mar 2006 – Jun 2009

Areas: Civil litigation; business law; corporate/LLC formations; wills, trusts, and estates; probate administration; estate litigation; 501(c)(3) nonprofit applications; intellectual property; EEOC plaintiff’s law; residential real estate; construction law; civil appeals; plaintiff’s personal injury; divorce and child custody; prospect intake and assessment

Programs used: Abacus; AlaCourt; Alafile; Excel; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Word; PACER; Westlaw; Federal and State corporation and department of revenue websites.


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Dates Employed Mar 2005 – Mar 2006

Employment Duration1 yr 1 mo

Areas: Intellectual property: patents, trademarks, and assignments; Corporate law: corporate/LLC formations; commercial real estate transactions; UCC searches; probate law; worker’s compensation defense; EEOC defense; general litigation support

Programs used: AlaCourt; Westlaw; Interaction; Excel; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Word; E-forms RS; NERAC; PACER; PATTSY; Elite WebView; Hummingbird; Federal and State corporation and revenue websites


The Andersen Firm, P.C.

Dates Employed: Jul 1999 – Feb 2005

Employment Duration 5 yrs 8 mos

• Civil litigation: preparing interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admissions, jury instructions, witness outlines, subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, notices, and motions

• Estate planning and probate administration: revocable living trusts, wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney; estate funding, including account and deed transfers

• Westlaw and Lexis research; Time Matters; TimeSlips; Outlook; DepoNet

• Preparation of labor contracts

• Handling employee discipline, termination, layoff, discrimination cases

• Employment law research and brief writing

• Labor law research and brief writing

• Writing and editing employee handbooks and labor contracts

• Prepare WARN Act layoff plans

• Corporate law, updating corporate books, corporate research

• Condominium law research and memoranda writing

• Preparation of business contracts

• Defense of shareholder derivative actions

• Research and prepare products liability settlements

• Research and deliver attorney ethics and advertising solutions

• Prepare and finalize executive retirement/severance plans

Management Consultant

Sesco Management Consultants

Dates Employed Jul 1997 – Jul 1999

• Labor relations consulting, preparation of labor agreements

• Labor contract negotiations with major unions

• Unfair labor practice charge responses

• Consultant in active counter-union communication campaigns

• Preparation and implementation of personnel policy manuals

• Writing and editing of employee handbooks

• Consulting on hiring, promotion, layoff, termination decisions

• Preparation of WARN Act layoff plans

• Conducting equal employment opportunity compliance audits

• Handling charges of discrimination for management

• Conducting federal wage hour compliance audits

• Investigation of workers' compensation cases

• Nationwide travel, primarily Southeast United States


The Andersen Firm, P.C.

Dates employed: Mar 1994- July 1997

Labor and employment: unfair labor practice charge responses

Management defense: unemployment, EEOC, FLSA, wage hour compliance matters

General civil litigation: interrogatories, requests for production; request for admissions

NLRB: Management: counter-union communications campaigns/ straw polls

Corporate/ business law: corporate formations; EIN filings; corporate minute books

Education (graduate): East Tennessee State University

Degree: M.A.

Field Of Study: English Literature: cumulative GPA 3.88

Dates attended: 1992-1994

Activities and Societies: Graduate teaching assistant; graduate research assistant

Master’s Thesis: Living Fast and Dying Young: Hermann Hesse’s Narcissus & Goldmund and the Advocacy of Prodigality. ETSU Press: 1991

Education (undergraduate): The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Degree: B. A.

Field of Study: English Literature: cumulative GPA: 3.48

Dates attended: 1987-1991

Certified Paralegal: National Association of Legal Assistants: Jan. 30, 2001 – present.

Civic: Preaching Christ Church, volunteer outreach ministry/nursing home ministry

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