Karen George

Job Title:  Litigation Paralegal

Employer:  Marcos Rothman Scharf Valdes Nguyen & Goldstein, P.L., Miami, FL

Education/Degrees:  35 years at the University of Legal Employment – degrees just gray hairs

Specialty Areas:  Toxic tort, product/manufacturer liability, medical malpractice, liability insurance defense

Career Highlight:  Founding the Florida Registered Paralegal Committee of the Dade County Bar Association

Future Professional Goal:  Pass the CP and continue to contribute in any way that I can to the paralegal profession, particularly mentoring new and soon-to-be paralegals.

Paralegal Practice Tip:  The work will always be there when you come back tomorrow. Don’t forget to look at the sky, and see the clouds and the birds.

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  I get up, walk around a bit, change my mind, and sit back down with a new perspective. Perspective is the key to everything in life.

Greatest Strength as a Legal Professional:  To not be scared to face whatever comes along. There is ALWAYS a solution and an answer.

Favorite Social Media Site:  I’m enjoying LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com/

Fun Fact about You:  I love a challenge.

Last Book You Read:  Our Nation’s Archives

Cat or Dog Person:  Two German Shepherds I refer to as “The Maniacs” and a cat, Snickerdoodle, who rules the house.

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Spaghetti! A 100% winner.

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:  Not quite a “gadget” but it’s my conscience. That little voice that guides me through life. Without a conscience, where would we be?

Favorite Quote:  “The sun always rises and sets, there is always tomorrow.”

Paralegal/Legal Association Memberships:  National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA), South Florida Paralegal Association (SFPA), FRP Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, Miami Dade Legal Support Association (MDLSA), Miami-Dade Association of Process Servers (MDAPS). There must be more, and I apologize if I left anyone out.

Professional Links: http://www.marcosandrothman.com/bio_karen_r_george.html,    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-george-frp/21/b2b/b28
I was excited when Karen agreed to do a profile for Practical Paralegalism, because of her longtime advocacy for the paralegal profession, and also because she is one of the experienced paralegals or mentors collaborating at the new blog, The Paralegal Society.

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