Sherry Smith

Freelance Secretary & Virtual Assistant

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
2 Skills
30-year dedicated and committed Litigation Assistant with demonstrated success in providing litigation and/or computer technology assistance in various areas of law. Expertise in time management, organization, e-filing, lexis service, automated forms and templates. Ability to provide first level hardware and software support as well as training. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to:

• Toxic Tort;
• Civil Litigation;
• Personal Injury;
• Insurance Defense;
• Medical Malpractice; and
• Construction Defect

2/16/07 to 12/31/13 McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Los Angeles, California
Litigation Assistant,-Toxic Tort Department

Provide litigation assistance, paralegal and secretarial, in the Toxic Tort Litigation Department supporting (3) heavy litigators. Provide secretarial and computer training to overflow personnel; Back-up floor coordinator; Prepare legal papers, correspondence, and memos; perform legal research; communicate with clients, court personnel and vendors; sort and distribute incoming and outgoing mail; prepare legal documents for service and filing in Federal and State courts, including e-filing; serve discovery via Lexis FileandserveXpress and CaseAnywhere; filing of documents with the OCSC using OneLegal; filing of documents with the LASC-CCW; perform docket searches using Pacer and the ECMF system; assist with legal research; prepare and submit conflict checks, fee agreements and retainers; process expense reports, check requests and input attorney time using Elite Time Entry; utilize various legal software including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Legal Solutions, Deltaview and Hummingbird Document Management System; calendaring, filing and indexing; arrange conference rooms and travel arrangements.

Special Assignments:
• Evaluate, administer and facilitate secretarial analysis to all legal secretaries in the Los
Angeles area
• Assist with software, professional development and secretarial training via brown bag
luncheons, one-on-one and classroom training
• Serve as resource person for all software applications and litigation specific software
• Member of focus and task group for new roll-out of timekeeping system “Time and
• Member of focus group for new roll-out of Windows and Microsoft 2007
• Member of focus group and task force for database management of electronic
• Member of task force to move client documents from server to current document
management system

8/93 – 7/03 Morris Polich & Purdy LLP Los Angeles, California
(6/96-7/03) Software Specialist/Litigation Support/Trainer

Provide applications training, troubleshooting and helpdesk; installations, upgrades and conversions; first level hardware support, troubleshooting of complex legal documents including round-robin documents and adobe conversions; evaluation and recommendation of all legal specific software; provide ongoing seminars on advanced Word features such as Styles, Table of Contents, and Mail Merges as well as Legal Secretarial Procedures and Civil Litigation; creation and maintenance of templates, online forms and business presentations; assist with Client Relationship Management administration, training and usage using Elite to all personnel in the Firm’s Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Las Vegas. Software applications used and/or evaluated: Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP operating system, Worldox Document Management System, Microsoft Office Suite 97, 2000 and XP, Elite Time Entry, Case Management, Apex, Baji, Carpe Diem, Legal Solutions, LawDesk, GroupWise, Adobe Acrobat 5.0, AIA 3.0 TutorPro, Time Entry, Case Management, Apex, PayExpert, Adobe Acrobat 5.0, Office XP, Windows 2000, Delta View, Metadata Assistant, Iscrub, Oasis and MakePDF; Research websites useful to the legal community and staff and communicate to Firm such as:, Daily,,,, and

University of California, Irvine Irvine, California
Major: Biochemistry

LATTC Los Angeles, California
Major: Business Administration

George Washington High School Los Angeles, California
1978: Diploma

Extensive experience in migration of new products and rollouts, i.e., WordPerfect to Word environment, Office 97 to Office XP, DOS to Windows environment, etc., marketing and advertising skills, desktop publishing, type 97 wpm; extensive legal procedures background in various areas of law including but not limited to business, civil litigation, bad faith actions, opinions letters, construction defect, etc., all types of office machines, excellent letter composer, public relations skills, and cognitive abilities.

National Legal Secretarial Association, Word Legal Users Panel Group, Women Entrepreneur’s, Women in Technology, Legal Secretaries, Incorporated, I Am Substance Womens’ Group, Los Angeles Inner City Mass Choir, Sisters in Ministry

Singing, computers, music, reading, traveling, dancing, theater and helping others
Skills (2) Rating
Virtual Assistance