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What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree? Be a Risk Management Technician

What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree? Be a Risk Management Technician

In response to my post “What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree?” I had several readers submit additional job titles, including Gary Smalling who graciously agreed to tell us about his job.

Name: Garald “Gary” Smalling
Job Title: Risk Management Technician

Employer: City of Tigard, Oregon

Degrees: Working on Paralegal degree from Penn Foster College (1/2 way finished)

Prior Work Experience: 20 years, US Navy Occupational Health & Safety Officer

Job Duties: Research laws, federal and state OSHA regulations; manage the safety program; investigate incidents; prepare and file auto, property, liability and workers’ compensation claims; prepare materials for insurance adjusters and attorneys; respond to discovery; prepare case notebooks; file for restitution from the court and from persons who damage City property.

What do you like best about your job?

Always something new to learn and do. (I have been here for 12 years)
Do you have any tips for legal professionals interested in getting into risk management?
Be familiar with health & safety, know the insurance and tort requirements where you will work.

For those interested in learning more about risk management, do you have any recommended websites?
Insurance Institute of America, PRIMA and many more.
Do you have a related job that utilizes your paralegal training and/or experience that you’d like added to the list, or that you’d be willing to share with Practical Paralegalism readers? If so, please email me at

One Response to What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree? Be a Risk Management Technician

  1. I have worked as a paralegal for 9 years and all I can say is I wish I would have gotten a degree in something else!

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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