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Nigel Taylor

Freelance Paralegal & Researcher

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Nigel J. Taylor
14081 Leeward Way
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
Cell: 561.379.5633
Home: 561-624-3852
nigeljtaylor1@gmail.com
2013
STRENGTHS /SKILLS

Excellent communication skills, Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Legal Files, and Westlaw. Proficient in trial preparation, civil litigation, and research. Circuit Court Mediation Trained. Willing to learn new skills and adjust to new circumstances. Florida Bar Registered Paralegal.

EXPERIENCE
Carlton Fields, P.A.
Employed: September 26, 2011.
Reason for Leaving: Current Position.
Position: Paralegal for various Senior Attorneys.
Primary Caseload: Commercial Litigation and Telecommunication Fraud.
Responsibilities:
• Performed complex paralegal duties including discovery, case and file management.
• Worked with attorneys and legal team to develop and implement overall strategies for cases.
• Performed extensive and complicated legal research and analysis related to various complex legal issues. Prepared memoranda of law and options for attorney review and assessment.
• Assisted attorneys with discovery issues, hearings, depositions, arbitrations, witnesses, and trial preparations.
• Coordinated hearing dates, mediations, trials, experts, witnesses, court reporter schedules, demonstrative evidence, exhibits and any court related issues.
South Florida Water Management District - Office of Counsel
Employed: January 2005 to August 2011.
Reason for Leaving: Government budget cuts. Position eliminated.
Position: Paralegal for various Senior Attorneys.
Primary Caseload: Environmental and permit enforcement, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, personal injury, auto accident, and wrongful death.
Responsibilities:
• Performed complex paralegal duties including discovery, case and file management.
• Worked with attorneys and legal team to develop and implement overall strategies for cases.
• Drafted written documents, reports, briefs, pleadings and legal memoranda, Governing Board resolutions, and any back-up materials for review and approval by attorneys.
• Performed extensive and complicated legal research and analysis related to various complex legal issues. Prepared memoranda of law and options for attorney review and assessment.
• Assisted attorneys with discovery issues, hearings, depositions, arbitrations, witnesses, and trial preparations.
• Coordinated hearing dates, mediations, trials, experts, witnesses, court reporter schedules, demonstrative evidence, exhibits and any court related issues.
• Worked with District staff to gather and research necessary information, to investigate, evaluate, and proceed with cases and legal issues in a timely manner.
• Assisted attorneys with client updates, status reports, mediations, settlement discussions, legal issues, and decisions of relevance.
• Developed and implemented processes for District’s intake of “Notice of Claims”. Worked with and directed the District’s third party claims adjuster, Johns Eastern, Inc., to evaluate and investigate all notice of claims.
• Worked internally with Risk Management Director and staff to investigate notice of claims, injuries, and incidents. Requested, reviewed and analyzed police, medical, and autopsy reports and documents. Reviewed witness statements and other relevant documents, either produced internally or through discovery.
• Drafted written procedures for internal investigations. Worked on tracking and drafting responses to notice of claims. Evaluated whether Notice of Claim complied with Fla. Stat. §768.28 (2011).
• Drafted documents and internal memoranda regarding notice of claims and possible claims. Reviewed and analyzed issues relating to the District’s Sovereign and Recreational Immunity.
• Compiled exhibits and demonstrative exhibits, trial, case law, rules and statutes notebooks.
• Summarized depositions with strategic notes, potential witnesses, expert witnesses, trial, and impeachment questions.
• Attended strategic team meetings for hearings, depositions, and trials. Participated in brain storming sessions regarding potential problems, strategies, case issues, evidence, witnesses, and other case related issues.
• Preparation of witnesses, experts, and consultants for trials, depositions and hearings.
Gunster, Yoakley, & Stewart, P.A.
Position: Civil Ligation Paralegal for Joseph Curley, Esq.
Employed: November 1999 to December 2004.
Reason for Leaving: To gain knowledge and experience working for a government agency.
Primary Caseload: Civil Litigation, contracts, and employment law issues.
Responsibilities:
• Worked on various issues including civil litigation, contracts, employment and discrimination matters.
• Drafted documents, reports, and pleadings. Interacted with clients. Responsible for legal research and case file management. Worked with witnesses and expert witnesses. Worked on acquiring documents through discovery process and under FOIA from the EEOC, FCHR and other agencies.
• Attended and participated in hearings and trials. Responsible for the organization of files.
• Accurately and effectively record and preparing billing records.

EDUCATION GRADUATION DATE MAJOR
Palm Beach Community College 1999 Associate in Science Degree Legal Assistant with Honors
Phi Theta Kappa Society
Cricklade College (UK) 1984 City & Guilds in Basic Engineering and Pneumatic systems
Winton Comprehensive School (UK) 1979 CSE Graduation
Registered Florida Bar Paralegal (FRP# 237263) April 2008
Civil Court Mediation Training
48 credit hours October 2008

OTHER EXPERIENCE

• Member of the Palm Beach Community College (n/k/a Palm Beach State College) Business Partnerships Council / Legal Assisting Advisory Committee from 1999 to present.
Skills (2) Rating
Paralegal
Research