Karen Messina

Freelance Paralegal & Transcriptionist

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Location:Rochester, New York, United States
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KAREN A. MESSINA-MCDONNELL

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OBJECTIVE

Part time evening/weekend work.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Proficient with PAIR website under USPTO
• Lotus Notes, PCMaster program, MemoTech program, Quicksearch, and Hugo Programs
• Experienced in Lexis Nexis and Westlaw
• Remote conferencing technology using Placeware and Audio conferencing center
• Skilled in use of Word 6.0, 7.0, Excel, Powerpoint, Microsoft Office 2007
• Certified Notary Public

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Xerox Corporation – Paralegal 2006 - Current

Assist the Litigation and Licensing Attorneys. Assist in handling third party subpoenas. Collect all necessary electronic and hardcopy discovery materials for litigation. Support a wide variety of administrative and litigation support activities, including filing, mailing and arranging meetings and coordinating document retrieval (systems and individual) and access. Assess potentially affected products throughout the company. Develop contact information, and review a variety of information sources to develop a profile for the subject patent. Work with a full range of pro-bono related activities. Work on assessing IPLD needs for non-attorney legal support. Support the development of presentations in both litigation and non-litigation contexts with Powerpoint and Excel.
Paralegal work for the General Legal Department and Pro Bono (Custody, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Social Security) – comparing and reviewing CDA’s (confidential disclosure agreements), research, etc.. Volunteer Legal Services Project – Research topics such as bankruptcy, social security disability, divorce, unemployment and basic family law. General family law work, preparing subpoenas, etc. Assist attorneys in child support custody cases from beginning to end.


Cellino & Barnes, P.C. 2010 – Current

Summarizing and ordering medical records for attorneys. Input medical information into the Client Profile System.


Xerox Corporation –Patent Legal Administrator 1999 - 2006
Assist in the preparation of all new applications, filing of applications, prosecution of pending applications, preparation of documentation and maintenance of electronic and hardcopy files for all aspects of patent procurement through use of Quicksearch, Hugo and MemoTech. Work with inventors and clients daily to support and inform them of on-going patent filings. Handle third party subpoenas; perform procedures necessary for document production. Collect thousands of electronic and hardcopy discovery materials for litigation. Support a wide variety of administrative activities, such as filing, mailing and setting up meetings. Assess potentially affected products throughout the company, develop contact information, and review a variety of information sources to develop a profile for the subject patent. Work with a full range of pro bono related activities and assisting clients. Work on assessing IPLD needs for non-attorney legal support. Support the development of presentations in both litigation and non-litigation contexts with my knowledge of Powerpoint and Excel spreadsheets

Eastman Kodak Company-Patent Legal Assistant 1996-1999
Coordinated and performed administrative duties necessary to obtain and maintain patent intellectual property worldwide. Secured and prepared hundreds of supporting documents to obtain US and international patents. Coordinated and monitored deadlines on a daily basis for US and international filing and prosecution. Implemented changes in administrative practices. Provided several resources for patent application filing and prosecution procedures.

Rochester General Hospital 1995-1996
Reception, insurance and referrals. Collected co-payments, scheduled appointments. Knowledgeable and Professional interactions with patient care.

University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital
Emergency Department 1989-1995
Registration Representative Greeted and registered hundreds of patients per day in hospital data system. Entered insurance data for billing for all incoming patients. Patient, family and visitor assistance. Skilled in telephone and ambulance calls. Evaluated priority of patient needs.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit 1988-1989
Secretary - Assist nurses with patient care, charge entry, general office duties, typing, filing.

Echocardiology Unit 1987-1988
Secretary- Data entry, patient registration to
discharge paperwork, collect information on Bitnet
System

Monro Muffler Brake Company 1983-1987
Administrative Assistant/Executive Secretary to President and executive staff
Payroll preparation for 64 shops, insurance filing and claims for all customers company wide. Accounts receivable, disability and workers compensation for all employees.



Monroe Savings Bank 1980 -1983
Student Loan Consultant/Consumer Loan Department
Processed, approved and signed student loan applications. Presented individual and group interviews, disbursed loan checks, followed loans from application through payment.

EDUCATION

Bryant & Stratton College - Associates Degree May 2006
St. John Fisher College - Office Support Professional Certification 1998
University of Rochester -American Sign Language Certification 1995

PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY INVOLVMENT

President of the Bryant & Stratton College Alumni Association 2006-2008
Member of ALSP (Association of Litigation Support Professionals) 2008- Current
Member and Vice Coordinator of SAFER (Survivors Advocating For
Effective Reform) 2007- 2009
Member and Vice President on the Advisory Board of Stand-Up Guys
(Domestic Violence Intervention) 2007- Current
Member of Task Force on Courts 2008- Current
Pro Bono – Custody, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Social Security, 2001- Current
Family Law through Volunteer Legal Services Project
Advocate for women going thru divorce, custody, visitation and
Domestic violence in the court system. 2007-Current
Skills (2) Rating
Paralegal
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