Susan Address

Freelance Blog Writer & Editor

Location:Jupiter, Florida, United States
2 Skills
Susan P. Address
6970 NW Denargo Street – Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
(H) 772-336-5713 (C) 772-979-2441 E-Mail:


To obtain a position with responsibilities that will effectively utilize my negotiation, communication, and organizational skills.


LAW OFFICES OF STUART M. ADDRESS, P.A., a civil litigation law firm Stuart, Florida, 2007- present
focusing on contracts, employment disputes, discrimination, civil rights, and other
civil litigation areas of trial practice.

LITIGATION PARALEGAL/LEGAL ASSISTANT (part-time until 2010/full-time 2010 - present)

? Assisted in communications with clients, adverse counsel, third parties, court personnel, etc. in all areas of the legal practice.
? Assisted in preparation of discovery demands and responses, as well as drafting of deposition examinations.
? Assisted in review and analysis of client documents, adverse party documents, discovery materials, and
developing strategy for use of these materials during the various cases.

Key Accomplishments:

? Assisted in litigation efforts, including discovery and attendance at mediation in civil rights action
against the Broward County Sheriff’s Department which resulted in a settlement for the law firm’s client.
? Assisted in litigation efforts, including discovery, attendance at mediation, and attendance and active
daily participation at eight day federal jury trial on behalf of a Plaintiff in a Family & Medical Leave Act
case which resulted in a favorable jury verdict on behalf of the Plaintiff.
? Researched and prepared 24 page legal memorandum for attorney and client for defamation for potential lawsuit.
? Organized a file that was taken over from another law firm that was severely damaged by smoke, blood, and in no order for attorney on a defamation lawsuit that was over three years old and assisted with preparing the case for a successful pretrial resolution.
? Debriefed and interviewed key-witnesses in ongoing litigation case.
? Assisted in litigation efforts, including discovery on behalf of Defendant in an ongoing Defamation


TREASURE COAST HOSPICE, subsidiary of Health & Palliative Services Stuart, Florida, 2007-2010
of the Treasure Coast, Inc., Non-Profit Hospice serving
three counties with a patient census of 600 patients.


? Negotiated all contracts on behalf of non-profit hospice agency.
? Reviewed corporate documents on behalf of the Agency.
? Started two new corporations on behalf of the Agency.
? Worked with local estate attorneys to accept donations left on behalf of Agency.
? Accepted tangible assets including real estate, bonds, CDs, stocks on behalf of the Agency and prepared appropriate paperwork in connection with the charitable donations.
? Implemented an electronic contract system for which all contracts were to be stored and accessed, limited permission for viewing and or modification.
? Reviewed grant applications for final submission.
? Trained all management and key staff on electronic contract system.
? Reviewed and modified corporate policies.
? Contract policy was rewritten.
? Worked to re-write corporation bylaws.
? Conducted various audits of contracts to protect corporation and reduce costs and expenses.

Key Accomplishments:

? Negotiated over $15 million of contracts for the Agency.
? Reduced outpatient hospital contract rates 20% from 120% to 100%.
? Negotiated a termination of a major phone contract that resulted in a reduction of $100,000 in expenses for the Agency.
? Negotiated a lease that resulted in a better space and the increased in rent was offset by a donation in kind.
? Wrote to a US Senator regarding a Veterans Administration contract dispute involving a HIPPA issue that resulted in a change to national VA policy.
? Reviewed billing software usage and reduced unused licenses resulting in a savings of 75% annually.
? Conducted audits on contracts that resulted in finding over-payments of up to $15,000.
? Rewrote corporate bylaws with key members of the Board of Directors.
? Honored by the Hospice Board of Directors with a Hospice Heart.


MARTIN MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEMS, Stuart, Florida, 2006-2007
Non–Profit Hospital servicing the Treasure Coast
A Top 100 Hospital in Large Hospital Category


? Input and manage the contract database.
? Trained employees on contract computer program.
? Assist with the design of the Risk Management document database to be electronically stored.


TROPICAL SHIPPING & CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD, Riviera Beach, Florida, 1997-2006
Corporate Pricing Analyst March 2000 – September 2006 Pricing Coordinator March 1999- March 2000
Documentation Clerk July 1997 – March 1999

? Filed service contracts with federal agencies such as the Federal Maritime Commission.
? Maintained and audited 15,000+ service contracts.
? Reviewed and revised domestic and international service contracts.
? Analyzed pricing actions and providing monthly price trend reports to Executive and Trade Management with which highlights factors contributing to pricing fluctuations in the applicable market.
? Audited pricing systems for accuracy and regulatory compliance with federal statutes and regulations, along with Federal Maritime Agency and Surface Transportation Board requirements.
? Performing financial analysis on rates and shipments to ensure corporate financial objectives are achieved.
? Developed and maintained the Company’s “Yield Management System”, “Sales Yield Management System” and “Price Quoting System” to enable the Company to assess rate profitability.
? Created, filed and maintained tariffs in accordance with federal regulations and corporate policies.
? Acted as a liaison between the user community and I/T department to resolve systems issues.
? Collaborating inter-departmentally on application specifications and system enhancements to ensure appropriateness of program design.
? Documented pricing systems processes utilized for implementing new releases and/or resolving upgrade problems.
? Tested and provided expert level training support for various pricing related systems.
? Assisted in due diligence when new companies were acquired.
? Developed and wrote appropriate queries for ad hoc reports, including formatting, creating and designing reports using report writing tools.
? Primary responsibilities included creating bills of lading and other necessary documentation necessary for cargo export.

2007- Present, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Florida
(Periodic classes towards Bachelor’s degree as well as classes towards a Paralegal Certificate)

1992, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA (A.A.S. International Business)
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