Certificated legal administrative assistant
Highly computer literate (Windows XP, Windows 7, Microsoft Office)
Keyboarding at 60+ Wpm
Excellent command of English language, grammar, and legal terminology
Document drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing
Software skills include Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word, FrontPage, Outlook, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Archibus CMMS
Electronic and library legal research (West Law, Lexis Nexis, Internet)
Document production and management, creating and maintaining filing systems (paper and electronic)
Excellent telephone skills and front desk etiquette
Ordering and maintaining office supplies
Building & maintaining websites, utilizing social media
Strong writing abilities
Published author & magazine correspondent
July 2013 to Present: Working as contract paralegal, and volunteering for interesting projects with area attorneys.
November 2004 to July 2013: Administrative assistant/office manager for Raven Services, Inc., primary facilities contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, Washington. My duties included daily office management, data entry, creating and maintaining filing system, correspondence, drafting and editing reports, maintaining calendar for daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly administrative tasks, supply ordering, maintaining email and telephone help desk, fielding trouble calls and radio dispatching work parties, employee human resources and health insurance liaison, acting safety training officer, completing biweekly payroll, managing petty cash account, monthly credit card reconciliation.
February 2004 to November 2005: Legal assistant for Montgomery Scarp, PLLC, maritime law & personal injury; my duties included drafting, formatting, editing, and filing pleadings and other legal documents; performing research; witness locating and interviewing, daily administrative tasks and general office management.
August 2003 to February 2004: Worked as a freelance paralegal/legal assistant with various Seattle area attorneys on an as-needed basis; drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents; perform legal research; daily administrative tasks.
November 2002 to August 2003: Legal assistant for Earthjustice, environmental law firm; my duties included drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents; conducting legal research; appellate briefs, daily administrative tasks.
June 2002 to November 2002: Worked for several legal temporary staffing agencies in the Seattle area; drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents.
August 1999 to May 2002: Assistant Paralegal at the Seattle Office of the Federal Public Defender; my duties included transcription; drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents, including appellate briefs; court filing, organizing discovery materials; document production and management; interviewing witnesses; conducting legal research.
March 1998 to June 1999: Legal Assistant to Ms. Gayle Murray Brenchley, sole practitioner, family law, probate attorney; my duties included legal research; drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents; drafting deeds and pleadings; drafting and issuing subpoenas, daily administrative tasks and office management.
March 1998 to June 1999: Paralegal to Mr. William B. Knowles, labor and employment law attorney; my duties included legal research; drafting, formatting, proofreading, and editing pleadings and other legal documents; daily administrative tasks.
January 1996 to January 1998: Paralegal to Mr. Daniel Kane, criminal law attorney, sole practitioner; my duties included extensive legal research and writing of appellate briefs, legal arguments, motions and pleadings; trial assistance and jury selection; general office management.
July 1995 to December 1996: Various part-time legal positions and contract paralegal work while attending school, including 3-month college legal internship.
United States Merchant Marine
United States Coast Guard, Honorable Discharge
Gwinnett College, Lilburn, Georgia, Legal Administrative Assistant Program, Dean's List, Graduated December 23, 1996; Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate (paralegal).
Available upon request.