Job Title: President and Founder
Employer: Social Security Disability Benefit Consultants, http://www.ssdbc.com/
Years of Paralegal Experience: 35
Education/Degrees: Associates in Legal Technology 1986; CLA certification in 1988 (now referred to as “CP”) through the National Association of Legal Assistants; NJCP (newly issued certification designation in 2011) through the South Jersey Paralegal Association
Specialty Areas: Personal Injury Litigation, Social Security Disability law
Career Highlight: Starting my own practice in 2004
Future Professional Goals: To educate as many people as I can about the Social Security disability process, and to win disability benefits and health insurance for all of my clients.
Paralegal Practice Tips: Always exude confidence (even if you don’t feel confident). Be organized. Show your excellent people skills. Work well with others. Take criticism as a positive thing to better yourself. Be pro-active in your profession. Help new paralegals feel welcome into our profession and show them the way.
Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: Go on vacation!
Greatest Strengths as a Legal Professional: Leadership skills, organizational skills, stamina, an excellent work ethic, passion for what I do.
Favorite Internet Resource: I have so many I wouldn’t know which one to pick!
Favorite Legal Software: Needles database software, http://www.needles.com/. Absolutely the best customizable legal software on the planet! Check them out!
Favorite Social Media Site: LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/, is an excellent networking professional site for individuals who need to connect with other professionals and/or promote their businesses.
Fun Fact about You: Love to travel and see the world, learn about other cultures.
Last Book You Read: The Help
Cat or Dog Person: Dog
Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: A recipe for Bolognese sauce that has been passed on for several generations in my family!
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: I know this is cliché, but my iPhone!
Favorite Quote: Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): South Jersey Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, former President of South Jersey Paralegal Association
Professional Link(s): www.ssdbc.com
I’m a fan of Lisa’s blog at http://www.ssdbc.com/blog/ and her Social Security Disability newsletter. You can review past issues and join her mailing list at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs072/1101818461821/archive/1101886183535.html