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Andrea McNeely

Freelance Secretary & Paralegal

2340
Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
Phone: 312-224-8342
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/andreamcneely
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2 Skills
$30
Rate/Hr
Andrea J. McNeely
mailto:ajmcneely@live.com

Fully equipped home office including Windows 7 desktop computer, Multi-function HP printer-scanner-copier-fax; High Speed Broadband Internet 50 mpbs/10 mbps); noise cancelling headset with microphone; Microsoft Office Professional software installed (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Courts -- I reside in Chicago, Illinois Cook County. I have experience filing cases in the Circuit Court System of Cook County as well as the other collar counties in the region, especially Will and DuPage Counties; I am famailiar with most court forms and electronic filing. All forms and information about the Circuit System can be obtained on their excellent website http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/

I regularly review the website to remain up-to-date with rule changes, etc.
I also have knowledge of filing appellate briefs in the Illinois Supreme Court See http://www.state.il.us/court/ for further information.

In addition to above, I have experience filing in federal courts, United Stated Northern District of Illinois. See http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/ and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
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Highlight of Qualifications and Experience:
Over twenty years of legal and administrative support experience in the practice areas of commercial litigation; insurance coverage and defense; corporate; employment; business transactions; bankruptcy, real estate; intellectual property (trademark and copyright); and securities. Superior communications and language skills – verbal and written; outstanding research; proofreading skills; excellent organizational ability. Discreet handling of sensitive and confidential matters.

Computer Skills:
• Case Management and research - LexisNexis; Westlaw; Concordance; Summation; Electronic Filing of Court Papers
• Microsoft Office Suite 365; WordPerfect X7, Typing, 70-75 wpm
• Convert Word and WordPerfect documents to PDF
• Document Management Legal Software - Interwoven WorkSite (iManage); PC Docs, Docs Open; ProLaw; CompareRite; DeltaView; E-Filing of court papers
• Accounting and Billing Software: E-Billing software; LAN Time; Elite; TimeSlips; Juris, Quicken and QuickBooks
• Microsoft Outlook; Lotus Notes

History:
Contract employee for several staffing firms, including, Kelly Services, Inc., Kelly Law Registry; Co-Counsel; independent contractor for several law firms in the Downtown Chicago area.

2002-Present – Intellectual Property Legal Assistant/IP Paralegal – Contract Employee - Patent and Trademark prosecution and litigation – large to medium size law firms and corporate legal departments.

2000-2002 – Trademark Paralegal – Ladas & Parry, Chicago, IL
Maintained about 2500 trademarks, including initial registrations and renewals; maintained CPi database; paid renewal annuities; draft correspondence to foreign agents, and so forth.

1987-2000 – Legal Secretary, Chicago, IL – Contract Employee and Independent Contractor -- Intellectual Property law as well as other areas of law, such as Civil Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Securities.

Legal Assistant (Real Estate), Altheimer & Gray, Ltd. Chicago, IL
Commercial leasing and general real estate serving the needs of principle client, JMB Realty Corp., and other major commercial real estate companies, one year, 4/87-11/88.

Legal Assistant (Real Estate), Sachnoff, Weaver and Rubenstein, Ltd., real estate securities (REITS and limited partnerships), commercial real estate development, one year, 2/84-85.

**Key Assignments and Law Firms**
Altheimer & Gray – Legal Secretary, Commercial Real Estate
Arvey Hodes Costello and Berman – Legal Secretary, Litigation
Baker & McKenzie – General Practice Floater (Litigation, Bankruptcy, Corporate, Real Estate)
Chadwell & Kayser Ltd. (dissolved) – Legal Secretary, Medical Malpractice and Insurance Defense Litigation
Hinshaw & Culbertson – Evening Document Specialist, Insurance Defense Litigation,
Novack & Macey – Legal Secretary – Commercial Litigation; Divorce and Family Law
Patton & Ryan – Legal Assistant – Trial Law Practice
Sachnoff & Weaver – Legal Secretary – Corporate and Real Estate

Document Preparation:
Litigation
Appearance to post-trial – E-Filing; scheduling depositions; deposition summaries and abstracts; scan discovery documents into database;; prepare interrogatories and answers to interrogatories; prepare and file court papers – appearance and jury demand; summons; complaint and answer to complaint; various motions; drafts and edits of briefs filed in state and federal court, including appellate briefs.

Corporate
Prepare various contracts and agreements; maintain minute book; register corporate papers and articles of incorporation; prepare mergers and acquisition documents; prepare stock certificates; registration statements; financial statements, (10K; limited liability companies; REITs, etc.

Business Transactions and Real Estate
Type, edit and proofread various legal documents, i.e., agreements, contracts, etc.; registration statements; limited partnership agreements; complex leases; real estate closing documents; articles of incorporate; maintain minute book. Prepare real estate closing documents including commercial leases, Memorandum of Lease; real estate sales contracts; special easements and restrictive covenants; forms of deed; title searches; arranging for closing; prepare correspondence, etc.

Administration:
Draft and prepare correspondence including drafting of cover letters and memoranda; draft status reports; open and close files; maintain corporate minute books; file annual reports; articles of incorporation; business name registrations; prepare and register stock certificates; file appropriate registration documents under blue sky laws (10Ks, etc); schedule meetings; maintain court diary; prepare attorney time records and billing statements; travel and experience reports; screen calls and visitors.

Education:
Governors State University, University Park, IL, completed all but one semester.

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My hourly rate is negotiable
Skills (2) Rating
Secretarial
Paralegal