Job Title: Litigation Paralegal
Employer: Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak, LLP, http://www.lfap.com/; Escondido, CA
Years of Paralegal Experience: 6
Education/Degrees: B.A. in Political Science from UC, Santa Barbara; Paralegal Certificate from University of San Diego; Concordance Certified Trainer (CCST) from LexisNexis; Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in Trial Practice from National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Specialty Areas: Civil Litigation; Billing Fee Analysis (i.e. we perform audits of billing invoices from law firms)
Career Highlight: Getting asked to train a Montana firm’s paralegals in Concordance, which led to starting my side business, Spectrum Consultants, http://www.sdspectrum.com/.
Future Goals You’re Working Toward: Going freelance!
Paralegal Practice Tip: Say “yes” to every task or project you are asked to do (time permitting, of course)! You really do know more than you think you do.
Favorite Internet Resources: Pipl.com, http://pipl.com/, for finding people and addresses; http://redfin.com/ for real estate sales, assets and potential property valuation. The best part is that both are free.
Favorite Legal Software: Concordance, http://law.lexisnexis.com/concordance
Do you use social media resources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or blogs, for career and/or case development? Absolutely!! It’s great for meeting and interacting with people, and doing witness searches!
Fun Fact: I need to have condiments evenly spread over my bread. I can’t stand it any other way!
Favorite Book: Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Favorite Movie: Citizen Kane
Cat or Dog Person: Both, but right now my heart belongs to Martin (my 3-year old black Lab mix)
Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Honestly, my family begs me not to cook!
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: My Droid phone
Favorite Quote: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” – Steve Jobs
Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships: San Diego Paralegal Association (SDPA), http://www.sdparalegals.org/; University of San Diego Paralegal Alumni Association, http://www.sandiego.edu/paralegal/alumni/
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