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Securities and Antitrust, Products Liability, Employment Paralegal

Location:
New York, NY
Posted:
August 21, 2012

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MICHAEL D. VITALE

Litigation Paralegal - Securities and Antitrust; Employment and Labor; Products Liability (Tobacco, Asbestos, Pharmaceutical) - General Experience: Bluebooking/Cite checking; Class Actions, Collective Actions, Appeals, MDLs, WV Mass Litigation Panel; Arbitrations (International and Domestic); Mediations; Union Negotiations and Grievances; EDiscovery; E-filing Procedures and Rules

QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE

Extensive experience case managing diverse matters for law firms including complex antitrust and international securities litigation, wage and hour collective/class actions, individual employment discrimination and harassment matters, mass tort class action tobacco litigation, pharmaceutical products liability matter, asbestos defense litigation, bankruptcy matters, and an international arbitration before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

Prepared cases from inception through discovery to trial, arbitration, and mediation

Coordinated and carried out large-scale document reviews and productions with the utilization of electronic databases

Conducted legal research, blue booking, and cite checking to prepare briefs for e-filing

Attended union negotiations and grievances on behalf of company and drafted collective bargaining agreements

Monitored legislation and regulatory matters in the United States and the European Union

Due diligence review during acquisition of domestic company by foreign corporation; assisted in application by foreign corporation through NAAG to the U.S. market

Summarized scientific journal articles for attorney, national counsel, and client

Prepared and attended presentations for client development

Drafted trademark license agreements and coordinated with outside counsel in Central and South American countries for recordal of agreements

EXPERIENCE:

WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP (via Lexolution LLC), New York, N.Y. 5/12 – 7/12

Temporary Paralegal

Trial exhibit and witness binder preparation

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

Attend trial and coordinate at trial-site war room

BUDD LARNER P.C. (via Update Legal), Short Hills, N.J. 3/12 – 5/12

Temporary Paralegal

Document review for expert analysis

FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP, New York, N.Y. 6/11 – 12/11

Senior Paralegal/Employment and Labor Dept. – responsibilities:

Managed wage and hour class action/collective action,

discrimination and harassment cases

Conducted document reviews for relevance and privilege

Maintained indices of documents and redacted documents manually and electronically

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

Prepared table of contents and table of authorities

Prepared, served and electronically filed state, federal and appellate motions and briefs

Managed litigation docket for agency, state, federal, and appellate cases

Reviewed settlement agreements to prepare calculation of settlement for class members

Prepared and circulated CAFA notices to state and federal representatives

Assisted with preparation of responses to DOJ Audits

Conducted legal research on various special projects

Prepared FOIL and FOIA requests to state and federal agencies

MARON, MARVEL, BRADLEY & ANDERSON, Philadelphia, PA. 7/09 – 6/11

Senior Paralegal/Products Liability Litigation – responsibilities:

Maintained national client database of state and federal mass tort cases

Reviewed and summarized medical records for asbestos matters

Reviewed medical records, expert reports, depositions and discovery responses

to prepare summaries of high risk cases for review by client

Prepared, served and e-filed pleadings, motions, in state and federal courts

stipulations for PA, NJ, and federal court matters

Assisted with deposition preparation and discovery compliance review

Assisted in preparation of quarterly and semi-annual client reports

Assisted in preparation of PA state cases for trial

JACOB, MEDINGER & FINNEGAN, New York, N.Y. 6/06 – 12/08

Senior Paralegal/Products Liability/Litigation Dept. – responsibilities:

Managed tobacco class action before the mass litigation panel

Reviewed and summarized scientific journal articles to update expert witness materials

Researched and tracked scientific, legislative, and news developments

in domestic and international markets relating to clients’ products and disease end-points

Prepared biographies and bibliographies of prospective and designated expert witnesses

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

Assisted in the application of corporation to U.S. market through NAAG

Conducted due diligence review for corporate acquisition

Prepared and attended presentations for client development

SABIN, BERMANT & GOULD, New York, N.Y. 1/04 – 6/06

Paralegal/Labor and Employment Dept. – responsibilities:

Attended union negotiations and grievances on behalf of management

Drafted collective bargaining agreements

Monitored legislation concerning employment, labor and telecommunications matters

on municipal, state and federal levels

Drafted memoranda analyzing the impact of legislation on clients’ businesses

Conducted legal research for all departments within the firm

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

Prepared document productions and redaction logs

Coordinated with outside counsel for recordal of trademark license agreements

COMMAND PUBLISHING CORP., Robbinsville, N.J. 1/99 – 1/04

Co-Founder/Vice President, Sales

Advertising sales specializing in the United States overseas military market

PAUL, HASTINGS, JANOFSKY & WALKER, New York, N.Y. 4/97 – 12/98

Senior Paralegal/Case Manager/Labor and Employment Dept. – responsibilities:

Managed collective/class-action lawsuits

Assisted with trial and witness preparation

Conducted legal research and document review for deposition preparation

Drafted discovery demands and responses for state and federal actions

Prepared document productions and redaction logs

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT, New York, N.Y. 9/95 – 4/97

Senior Paralegal/Case Manager/Litigation Dept. – responsibilities:

Supervised staff of 3 – 10 paralegals on antitrust and international securities cases

Conducted document review for discovery compliance via summation database

Prepared document productions, privileged and redaction logs

Conducted legal research

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

KELLEY, DRYE & WARREN, New York, N.Y. 3/90 – 1/95

Paralegal/Litigation Dept. and Labor and Employment Dept. – responsibilities:

Assisted with cases from inception through trial, arbitration, and mediation

Managed international arbitration before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Managed employment discrimination and harassment matters

Conducted reduction-in-force analyses

Conducted legal research

Cite checked, shepardized and bluebooked citations in memoranda of law

Prepared, served and filed documents in state and federal courts

EDUCATION: Paralegal Certificate,

Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, N.Y.

SKILLS: MS Office 2010 (Word; Excel; Outlook; PowerPoint; OneNote); WordPerfect; Lotus Notes;

LiveNote; Sharepoint; Courtroom Connect (Remote Counsel); Concordance; Summation;

Opticon; Relativity; LexisNexis; Westlaw; WestNext; PACER; NYS Courts E-Filing System;

LexisNexis Courtlink; Phila. and Montgomery County, PA E-Filing Systems; Adobe Acrobat

Professional; PDFDocs; PDFDocs Compare Docs; Scansoft PDF Professional; PayneGroup

Numbering Assistant; Best Authority; Hummingbird DM5 Doc Management; Worldox

Application; PowerDocs; Interwoven Desksite; iManage; InMagic; Workshare Professional; E-

Transcript Viewer; Folio Views; eCopy Desktop; PubMed Central; Europa (EU Database)

LICENSE: New Jersey Notary Public

MEMBERSHIPS: New York City Paralegal Association

National Federation of Paralegal Associations



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