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Paralegal Profile: Jane Gill

Paralegal Profile:  Jane Gill
Jane Gill

Job Title:  Paralegal

Employer:  Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, LLP; Sarasota, FL

Years of Paralegal Experience:  I began working in a law office at age 17 when I graduated from high school. I became a NALA-certified paralegal at the age of 50!

Education/Degrees:  Paralegal courses at State College of Florida

Specialty Areas:  Estate Planning and Probate

Career Highlights: I guess it would have to be the upcoming article in Paralegal Today, and hitting your site, too!!! WOW!

Future Professional Goal: I will be going into semi-retirement January 1, 2012 – then I can write to my heart’s content!

Paralegal Practice Tip: Being a paralegal is a lot like being a waiter or waitress – polish your people skills and your grammar.

Writing Tip:  Paralegals are all “scribes” – use your writing skills outside of the office to record memoirs for future generations of your family and to entertain. It’s fun and it’s exciting!

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  An evening glass of Pino Grigio!

Greatest Strength as a Legal Professional:  I am a self-starter, nosey (I want to know ALL the details), and I am very deadline-oriented.

Favorite Internet Resource:

Favorite Legal Software:  ACT by Symantic is a fabulous database we use as our calendar and to merge documents with Word templates we have created.

Favorite Social Media Site:  Facebook – it’s the only one I know! (You can “Like” Jane at her Facebook page for her book,

Fun Fact:  I’m MUCH less serious than I appear.

Last Book You Read:  Heaven is for Real

Cat or Dog Person:  My cat is a big orange tabby named “Valentino”.

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Spaghetti – I put red wine in the sauce.

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  Coffee Pot

Favorite Quote:  “It’s only money – we’ll make more.” (I invented that quote!)

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships:  NALA, Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Support Specialists (SMALSS). I have also served on the State College of Florida Paralegal Advisory Board and the Sarasota County Technical Institute Legal Studies Advisory Board for many years.

Jane is also the author of a novel, A Matter of Pride, now available at For more information about Jane and the book, go to her website:

Related Post:  Paralegal Publishes First Novel, A Matter of Pride

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Contact Info:

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

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

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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