Kat Gordon
Job Title:  Senior Paralegal & Corporate Contracts Administrator
Employer:  Broadwind Energy, Inc.
Years of Paralegal Experience:  14  
Education/Degrees:  Bachelor of Science Paralegal Studies Stevenson University
Specialty Areas:  Corporate Governance; Intellectual Property; Litigation; Securities  
Career Highlight: When I was working at a law firm in Alexandria, VA, I was part of a trial team defending a national restaurant chain against an employment discrimination claim based on race.  This particular client was known for never settling any case.  Part of the discovery phase, I subpoenaed all of the plaintiff’s prior employment records as well as all educational records.  I received six bankers boxes full of records from the school system that the Plaintiff attended.  Suffice to say, there were a lot of smoking guns in those boxes evidencing anger issues from childhood and an interview with the Plaintiff’s mother indicating that he had issues with authority figures of a different race.  I offered to have the documents photocopied for Plaintiff’s counsel but they declined due to cost.  When we went into the Plaintiff’s deposition with all of the smoking guns/documents, Plaintiff’s counsel was stunned to say the least with the sheer amount of documentation we were able to uncover.  The deposition lasted the full day but we had only covered approximately a quarter of the questions.  When I tried to schedule the continuance of the deposition on the following Monday morning, Plaintiff’s counsel faxed us Plaintiff’s dismissal of the claim.  I have been on several winning trial teams but this was the first that we won just based on the documents. 
Future Professional Goal: Obtain my ACEDs certification (For more information, see http://aceds.org/, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists)
Paralegal Practice Tip:  Project management is not just for the business world.  Establish project management protocols around your cases and/or projects and it will give you greater control over your work and life.  
Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress: Kickboxing or wine or kickboxing with wine, either way it works for me.
Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional:  My openness to technology.  Lawyers as a general group tend to be adverse to new technology but being able to incorporate new technology tends to make the group as a whole more efficient. 
Favorite Internet Resource: I would have to say Wikipedia because it gives you a wealth of information and I can appear brilliant in a matter of minutes- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Favorite Legal Software: Corporate Legal Exchange.  https://www.corporatelegalexchange.com/LegalForum/index.aspx
Favorite Social Media Site:  LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/, because I have always worked as the sole paralegal in whatever job I have had so it is great to connect with other paralegals who experience the same issues that I do.  
Fun Fact:  I am a pop culture junkie which is probably why I am addicted to TV. 
Last Book You Read:  Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble  
Cat or Dog Person: Definitely dog.  
Kat’s cutie pies napping. My four-leggeds prefer our crocheted afghans, too.

Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook: Maryland Fried Chicken 
One Gadget You Can’t Live Without: My iPhone 
Favorite Quote: “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke 
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s): Illinois Paralegal Association, http://ipaonline.org/; NFPA, http://www.paralegals.org/
Kat recently did a great guest post for Practical Paralegalism, “A Paralegal’s Perspective on Law Firm vs. In-house Work Environments.” You can also find her contributing to discussion threads at The Paralegal Society Group on LinkedIn.

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