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Paralegal Profile: Jenna Trojanowski

Job Title: Paralegal

Employer: Porter Scott, Sacramento, CA

Years of Paralegal Experience: 6

Education/Degrees:  AA in Paralegal Studies from MTI College in Sacramento, CA

Specialty Areas: Civil litigation defense

Career Highlight: The thing I am most proud of is the level of involvement I have had with my local and state paralegal associations.

Future Goals You’re Working Toward: Going back to school to complete my bachelor’s degree and taking the PACE exam to become a registered paralegal.

Paralegal Practice Tip: Never say no to additional training, even if it’s something you think you will never use. Always look for ways to learn new things, and strive to be a well-rounded paralegal.

Favorite Internet Resources: Since I work a lot with medical records and have to hunt down medical providers, the Medical Board of California Physicians License Lookup page, http://www.medbd.ca.gov/lookup is very helpful for me. In addition, I use http://icd9.chrisendres.com/index.php to look up ICD9 codes for medical billing. If I’m dealing with a medical provider who is not a M.D., I will go to the Department of Consumer Affairs lookup at http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/wllquery$.startup. This website has links to virtually everything in California that you need a license to do.

Favorite Legal Software: Lexis, http://www.lexis.com/, is always a sure bet!

Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development?

I use Facebook to network with other paralegals and paralegal associations.

Fun Fact: When I was 17 years old, I was on the front page of the local newspaper! I was photographed wading through river water that had flooded onto a sidewalk in downtown Greenville, NC.

Favorite Movie: Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.

Cat or Dog Person: Dog…cats are too fickle!

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Chicken pot pie

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: I honestly am not too attached to any gadget in particular, but I could never survive without my Chapstick!

Favorite Quote: Your lack of planning does not constitute my need for an emergency.

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships: Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association (SVPA), California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA), and National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)

Professional Link: http://www.porterscott.com/

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