Erin James

Freelance Paralegal & Proofreader

Location:Oswego, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
Addus HomeCare – Downers Grove, Illinois
National Contracts Specialist, December 2014 through October 2015
• Draft, review, and negotiate various contracts, amendments, addendums (i.e. Master Services, Business Associate Agreement, Vendor, Staffing, Subcontractor, County, City, AAA’s, State, Federal, etc.)
• Independently manage all projects and contracts, prioritize assignments, and meet all deadlines
• Assist in the development of standardized legal documents and templates
• Summarize new contracts or any changes in a renewing contract to distribute amongst other departments and branches to meet compliance and billing/invoice requirements
• Redline contracts during the negotiation process while resolving any conflicts arising from assigned contracts/language issues, red flag any language or requirements that are unsuitable
• Maintain relationships with all 120 branches of Addus across the US, as well as relationships with the providers, MCO’s, and Governmental entities we work with via conference calls, email, telephone, etc.
• Keep up to date with any new regulations or laws passed within the Healthcare industry across the country
• Run rate analysis for each contract including a gross margin analysis using various data by cross referencing multiple reports
• Maintain and update payor set-ups to include the most up to date rates, contact, invoice/billing information
• Maintain various departmental reports to keep other departments, including the contracts department, up to date on the various stages all projects are in
• Enroll and renew certification statewide involving Medicaid, Residential Habilitation, Developmental Disability programs, etc.
• Fill out applications statewide to bid for contracts within their strict perimeters
• Put together RFP’s (request for proposals) including the narrative, licenses and certifications, insurance policies, policies and procedures of Addus, job descriptions, assurances, and any other information about board of directors, shareholder/ownership percentage, or company structure

Feld Entertainment, Inc. – Aurora, Illinois
Contracts Administrator, January 2011 through October 2013
• Draft and negotiate contracts, amendments, addendums, notification letters, letter renewals, and extension letters for various Venues across North America for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, Disney on IceTM, Disney Live!, Supercross, Arenacross, and Nuclear Cowboyz
• Redline Feld Agreements or Venue Agreements, compare to last year for changes
• Work closely with the legal department/Vice President of Legal, if it was necessary to escalate the contract
• Work closely with other departments: marketing, operations, promoters, sales, social media, and finance
• Maintain and update multiple reports daily as a contract changes in process from drafting to execution
• Maintain and run monthly consumer products reports for all of motor sports, Circus, Disney on Ice, Disney Live, and Marvel Universe Live and cross reference to find discrepancies
• Handle all of the FedEx and tracking of the contracts
• Maintain all of the filing

The Law Offices of Steven H. Mevorah - Lombard, Illinois
Paralegal for two attorneys, March 2008 through October 2008
• Assisted attorneys on family law, criminal, personal injury, bankruptcy, real estate closings, will, and estate cases
• Wrote correspondence letters to clients/opposing attorney’s/any other parties involved enclosing documents, pleadings, orders, and discovery
• Worked closely with clients on answering any questions about their case, how to answer discovery, and other miscellaneous questions
• Drafted pleadings, complaints, answers, discovery, Rule 90, comprehensive financial statements/disclosure statements, petitions for dissolution, child support orders, citation to discover assets, income withholding, visitation orders, marital settlement agreements, etc.
• Drafted expungements and sealed arrest records
• Maintained all files and organized so it was easily accessible to the attorney for court appearances
• Opened and closed files, helped with collecting money and setting up payment plans with clients
• Assisted attorneys with preparing for court, trials, depositions, mediation/arbitrations
• Multi-task for two attorneys on various cases simultaneously

State of Illinois Appellate Court Deputy Defender’s Office - Elgin, Illinois
Paralegal Intern, May 2007 through August 2007
• Assisted attorneys with preparing for court, trials, depositions, mediation/arbitrations
• Multi-task for two attorneys on various cases simultaneously
• Reviewed trial court records (CLR) and processed records for completeness and correctness.
• Prepared Attorneys for oral arguments and court appearances by compiling all of the pleadings and organizing exhibits.
• Drafted two clemency petitions.
• Preformed legal research and summarized findings

Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
Associates Degree of Applied Sciences in Paralegal Studies, 2007

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Psychology Major, 2000 - 2004
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