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Multifaceted and proactive professional, offering working knowledge in law as well as issues surrounding family disputes, personal injury, and criminal cases. Demonstrate outstanding research and writing skills through motions, briefs, legal memoranda, and statement of issues relating to contract and small claims. Possess high motivation with natural-born leadership style in directing a team of paralegals and attorneys toward achievement of set goals. Adeptly identify and resolve highly technical legal issues, ensuring bottom-line results. Exemplify
strong work ethic and ability to work well under pressure, thriving in challenging atmospheres. Display commitment to continuous learning. Utilize technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, ProDocs, Westlaw, LexisNexis, Relativity, Concordance, Ringtail, and Doc Map.
Legal Document Preparation
Legal Writing and Research
Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
THE LAW OFFICES OF ANGELA JEFFRIES, Chicago, IL
ATTORNEY | Nov 2010-Present
Manage a legal office and lead the development and implementation of document review strategy and protocols. Identify and implement the best course of action in various cases. Comprehensively research evidences to develop strategies and execute legal actions by interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain case facts. Provide timely completion of legal research and writing for pending litigation and trials. Study case files and legal documents to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
- Assumed the role of a lead counsel for family law, criminal law, business law, and basic contractual matters
- Attended and actively participated in several court sessions, presenting oral arguments and providing case information necessary for court proceedings
- Effectively administer expungements, along with handling family law issues, personal injury, and criminal law matters, while responding to contract and small claims issues
SYNERGY LEGAL PROFESSIONALS, Chicago, IL
CONTRACT ATTORNEY | Aug 2010-Present
Author documents for pending litigation and discovery. Ensure work quality of other attorneys prior to delivery to the client. Performed quality assessment of work completed by other reviewers. Reviewed through documents of all sorts, such as memoranda, email, and other work related documents to identify relevancy of the document to the case.
ROBERT HALF LEGAL, Chicago, IL
CONTRACT ATTORNEY | Sep 2009-Aug 2010
Made preparations for pending litigation; rendered efficient support in compiling and identifying vital documents for attorney-client privilege. Applied litigation protocols to successfully create and refine appropriate legal strategy for discovery, investigation, and handling trial and hearing of cases or matters. Drafted legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs, and opinions as necessary.
- Managed full life cycle of high-volume document review projects prepared by a team of 5-14 members for Chicago Housing Authority, Hyatt Hotels, and Abbott Laboratories
- Executed one-on-one interview with clients to gather and define pertinent information in preparation for forthcoming legal claims
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT, Waukegan, IL
JUDICIAL LAW CLERK | Jul 2008-Aug 2008
Gathered research data to analyze law for oral motions created during trials. Provided appropriate recommendations to the judge on legal matters. Organized various references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations. Consulted with judge on legal questions, construction of documents, and granting of orders.
- Regularly participated in court sessions to listen to oral arguments, as well as document necessary case information and keep notes for court proceedings
- Conducted comprehensive research on legal issues; drafted briefs, legal memoranda, statement of issues involved, opinions, and judgment to be reviewed by the judge
CHOICE CORPORATE HOUSING, Houston, TX
LEGAL AIDE/ OFFICE ASSISTANT | Jun 2007-Jan 2009
Teamed up with attorney and office staff in completing operational duties, including coordinating legal issues involving contracts, strategically negotiating small contracts, and providing first-rate customer service to ensure bottom-line success.
MCCALLA, RAYMER, PATRICK, COBB, NICHOLAS & CLARK, LLC, Atlanta, GA
ASSISTANT PARALEGAL/ BILLING SPECIALIST | Sep 2005-Jul 2006
Executed legal and factual research for bankruptcy proceedings. Handled billing verification of clients regarding services provided. Simultaneously created and distributed correspondence to clients and memoranda to litigation teams.
FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE, Atlanta, GA
LEGAL INTERN | Summer 2005
Ensured timely completion of motions to Suppress and filed bonding documents. Performed legal filing in collaboration with district attorney, clerk’s office, and judges.
JURIS DOCTOR: 2009
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX
Illinois Bar Examination Passer (2009)
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team Participant (2007-2008)
Honor’s List (Fall 2008)
Journal of Modern Issues in Estates and Estate Planning Article Editor CALI Award for Motions Practice (2009)
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: 2005
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Major GPA of 3.6 * United Negro College Fund Scholarship Recipient (2001-2005) * Honor Scholar (2003-2005)
Phi Gamma Nu (National Business Fraternity) Member * Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Member
AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Chicago Bar Association
Cook County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Habitat for Humanity
Center for Disability and Elder Law