Dawn Fountain

Job Title:   Freelance Paralegal/Certified Legal Document Preparer

Employer:   Classic Legal Help, http://classiclegalhelp.com/

Years of Paralegal Experience:   18.5

Education/Degrees:  Associate in Science (Paralegal)

Specialty Areas:  Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Family Law

Career Highlight:  Working on my own, having my business in more than one state (Arizona and Florida)

Future Professional Goal:  Open the next office in Oregon by the end of 2013.

Paralegal Practice Tip:  Be organized, have a working system on how to prioritize, and have a sense of humor with your clients. They are stressed out – they don’t need you to be too!

Favorite Way to Deal with Work-Related Stress:  Deep breaths and scrap booking!

Greatest Strength As a Legal Professional:   I listen!

Favorite Internet Resources:    www.nals.org or www.findlaw.com

Favorite Legal Software:   Best Case, http://www.bestcase.com/, and Cassandra, http://www.cassandrasoftware.com/

Favorite Social Media Site:   Facebook – it’s easy to find people you are looking for and for information on the other side for trial…

Fun Fact:  I am the only girl born into my family – and I was born on my father’s, his twin brother’s, and my great uncle’s birthday!

Last Book You Read:  The 8th Horseman from James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club Series)

Cat or Dog Person:   Either – but currently own two VERY Cute (but very dumb) dogs: Dimera, my Chihuahua, and Hope, my Maltese Poodle.


Recipe Your Family Begs You to Cook:  Lasagna, Chili, the German pork dish, ‘hot dog stuff’……. just about anything!

One Gadget You Can’t Live Without:   My smart phone
Paralegal/Legal Association Membership(s):  NALS of West Coast Florida (President); NALS of Phoenix (former Director of Education and Membership, former editor); NALS of Arizona (former Director of Membership); national level of NALS (former member of Textbook Development and Membership committee); APA (Arizona Paralegal Association) (former Parliamentarian) 

Professional Link(s):  www.classiclegalhelp.com; www.classiclegalhelpfl.com; www.nalsofwcfl.org

Many thanks to Dawn for doing this profile. She actually contacted me about the new NALS chapter she started in Florida, http://www.nalsofwcfl.org/, and to ask about Practical Paralegalism re-prints, but then graciously acquiesced when I begged her or any of her new members for profiles. But hers is the last completed profile in my queue, so if you’re reading the fine print here, I could really use your help. My goal is to feature a weekly profile of a legal support staffer by any name, including paralegal, legal assistant, and legal secretary, so if this is you, and you’re willing to share a little about yourself, please see the questionnaire tab at the top of this blog!

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