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Category Archives: Civil Litigation

The Benefits of a Virtual Paralegal: My Office Is Your Office

The Benefits of a Virtual Paralegal: My Office Is Your Office

DeVenny Paralegal Services has had a web presence (many thanks to the awesome T. Marie Hilton of Geek Girl Web Design) since August 1, and so far my potential client inquiries have included two different attorneys asking if I am moving to California and New York. Er, I’m not. I live less than two hours away from… Continue Reading

Career Update: Virtual Litigation Paralegal at DeVenny Paralegal Services

Career Update: Virtual Litigation Paralegal at DeVenny Paralegal Services

Today I am introducing my newest job and employer. Effective now, I am a virtual litigation paralegal at DeVenny Paralegal Services. Oh, wait, that’s ME. (I knew you would pick up on that right away.) For those of you that remember me from my blogging days at Practical Paralegalism, and my awesome co-hosting days of… Continue Reading

Receptionist Fired for Working through Lunch Wins Unemployment Appeal

Receptionist Fired for Working through Lunch Wins Unemployment Appeal

Looks harmless, but this could get you fired. I know, I didn’t think anyone who volunteered to work through lunch to catch up on some extra assignments would be fired for it, but not only did Chicago receptionist Sharon Smiley get fired – after 10 years of working for the same realty company – she… Continue Reading

Avoid Epic Tech Fails in Court

Avoid Epic Tech Fails in Court

Guantanamo Court Room (Public Domain) Hard drive crashes, software failure, and user errors strike fear into the heart of any legal professional who’s ever been responsible for trial technology. Law Technology News recently published an excellent feature article about how to prevent – and handle – courtroom snafus.    I recommend that paralegals and paralegal… Continue Reading

Paralegal Practice Tip: Get the Story Right in Your Medical Summary

Paralegal Practice Tip: Get the Story Right in Your Medical Summary

When I’m summarizing medical records, I do more than only review the patient’s medical history. I try to get a sense of the patient’s personality, perspective, and life, using all of the documents available to me, not just the medical records. I also include the dates and a brief description of key non-medical events in… Continue Reading

Photo of a Legal Assistant’s Key Role at Trial Is Worth a 1,000 Words

Photo of a Legal Assistant’s Key Role at Trial Is Worth a 1,000 Words

I love this picture from The Palm Beach Post, showing plaintiff and mother Ana Mejia hugging attorney Robert Bergin’s legal assistant, Kellie Aquino, after a jury returned a $4.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice trial in Palm Beach County Circuit Court in West Palm Beach, Florida. The feature story itself makes interesting reading, discussing… Continue Reading

Someone Needs a Spanking

So sue me, I’m old school. Wait, kiddos, don’t sue me. I’ve never spanked you, although I did make you pay that huge cell phone bill you racked up for excess text messages. That would be grounds for a lawsuit for some kiddos. Seriously, have you guys seen the one about the punks plaintiffs that… Continue Reading

Litigation Support Today’s 2nd Annual Salary Survey – Win an iPod Nano!

Litigation Support Today’s 2nd Annual Salary Survey – Win an iPod Nano!

Have you subscribed to Litigation Support Today yet? Click here to get your free one-year subscription. The publication is currently gathering information from subscribers to both Litigation Support Today and Paralegal Today (formerly Legal Assistant Today) for its 2nd Annual Salary Survey. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an… Continue Reading

Online CLE: 10 Ways to Prepare Top Civil Injury Settlement Demands

If you think you missed this new webinar offered through The Paralegal Mentor, you’re in luck. The course was postponed due to scheduling issues. The new date is Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. EST, and you can register at http://settlementdemands.com/. When the course was announced, Vicki Voisin received an email from a paralegal who… Continue Reading

Fired Paralegal Sued by Former Boss for Citysearch Review

The Ultimate Bellaire is reporting that a Texas paralegal and (I’m assuming) her husband are being sued in Harris County District Court by her former supervising attorney, Michael Weston of Weston & Associates, PLLC, a bankruptcy firm, for allegedly posting a highly negative review of Weston on Citysearch.com. The plaintiffs say that after they fired… Continue Reading

Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]gmail.com

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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