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Jennifer Berlinsky

Senior Litigation Trial and Bankruptcy Paralegal

Jacksonville, FL

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I am a licensed and certified Senior Paralegal with twenty years of experience in several areas of law. The areas of law that I have experience in are as follows: Litigation Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, Foreclosure Litigation, Insurance Defense, ERISA, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Government Contracts, Withdrawal Liability, Collections, Criminal, Family Law and Social Security/Disability. I am looking to pursue a career eventually as a Criminal Trial Attorney. I would like to find employment in a large law firm or government agency as a Senior Paralegal in the areas of Criminal or Trial.

Work Experience

Freelance Paralegal/Owner

JenniferBerlinskyParalegal
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Orlando, FL
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December 2011 to Present

Responsibilities 
I prepare Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankrupty Petions and Plans for Attorneys and Corporations. I also prepare Uncontested Divorce Packet and file them for the Clients. I also do trial prep and trial doc review and prepare motions for clients, Attorneys and Large Corporations.

Bankruptcy/Foreclosure Defense Paralegal

The Berlinsky Law Firm, PA
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Clermont, FL
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May 2005 to November 2011

Schedule 341 hearings for the Staff Attorney every day from the ECF docket. I am now currently working remotely from home in Schenectady, NY. Writing Memorandum of Law, researching Westlaw for cases that pertain to the foreclosure cases going to trial, preparing Table of Contents and Table of Authorities, answering phones, dictation, trial prep, preparing closing forms, scanning all incoming mail into Adobe and saving to Amicus for the Supervising Attorney. Use Pacer and the ECF to check the status of Foreclosure and Bankruptcy clients. Creating and Mailing out Foreclosure Monthly Audit Letters to over 110 Foreclosure Defense clients. Update the information from the docket weekly into Amicus for all the Foreclosure clients and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy Clients. Communicate by phone, email daily to the trustee outside Contract Paralegal, clients, receptionist in the office, a team of three other Paralegals, Office Manager, Supervising Attorney and Staff Attorney. This firm has over 600 clients presently.

Trial Paralegal

The Office of Children and Family Services
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Rens, A Coruña
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April 2008 to September 2008

Fusco Personnel 
Rensselaer, NY 
 
Prepare responses to document demand requests from the United States Department of Justice, Indexing, reviewing documents and case files, Proofreading other Paralegals work, assisting General Counsel's Office and Deputy Counsels Litigation Unit with special needs, Office of Attorney General and Article 78 requests, obtain organize and collate and index exhibits and prepare excel charts.(Temporary Assignment)

Paralegal Insurance Defense

Fulmer Leroy Albee Baumann and Glass, PC
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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October 2007 to March 2008

Fulmer, Leroy, Albee, Baumann and Glass, PC Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
Duties included Drafting Interrogatories, Request to Produce, Privilege Logs, and Summarizing Insurance Files for assigned attorney. Preparing responses to Request to Produce, Prepared 50 Subpoenas Daily, Preparing Jury Instructions and Jury Trial Exhibits, Summarized Depositions, Medical Records, handling all calls with the Judicial Assistants in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Okeechobee Counties to set up court dates and hearings, setting up new files for Attorneys, billing my hours for all matters that I worked on monthly. I produced 250 billable hours per month. Interviewed Clients and prepared their interrogatories. I was assigned to 41 Scottsdale and Essex Insurance Cases.

Paralegal Personal Injury Protection

Affiliated Health Care
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Miami, FL
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May 2007 to October 2007

Prepared over 1000 PIP Packages for Chiropractor with another paralegal. I researched the amounts owed by all clients as well as sending out the PIP Packages to appropriate attorney to handle each case. (Temporary Assignment)

Litigation Paralegal

The United States Department of Justice
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Washingto
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March 2006 to May 2006

Temporary Position 
Esquire Solutions 
The United States Department of Justice Civil Torts Section 
Washington, DC 
Duties included entering and reviewing call letters for the Civil Torts Section of the United States Department of Justice for all of the States Attorneys offices all over the country. Entering and reviewing delegations for the States Attorneys office to determine which information is pertinent. This was a temporary position

Family Law Paralegal

The West Law Group
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McLean, VA
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November 2005 to March 2006

Duties included preparing divorce and custody agreements, research on Westlaw, creating files and indexing, bates stamping, preparing tax documents for the IRS to start new corporations and going to the Federal Court houses to do filings for a team of three Attorneys.

Trial Litigation Paralegal

Howrey, LLP
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Washington, DC
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June 2005 to November 2005

Howrey, LLP Washington, DC 
Patent, Global/Insurance Litigation Cases 
I worked on a huge case called International Papers that is over a decade old as well as over 40 other cases to get them ready for trial. I assisted over 100 attorneys in and out of court. I supervised four other paralegal assistants' and trained them how to do research and analyze documents as well as prepare deposition summaries and cite check cases online. Reviewed and prepared litigation trial notebooks for Attorneys in San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC. I researched case law on Lexis, West Law and Concordance. I prepared Deposition Trial Notebooks for deponents and attorneys. 
I prepared analyzed and proofread documents and cite checked briefs for 100 Attorneys in the Washington, DC Office. I also prepared and reviewed relevant correspondence that is sent out to opposing counsel and witnesses. I prepared electronic filings for the filings with the Courts in San Francisco and Washington, DC

Federal Trial Paralegal

CACI
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July 2002 to June 2005

The United States Department of Justice 
Winstar Division 
Worked on cases arising from the Winstar v. The United States decision. Researched legal issues, prepared documents to file with the court, produce materials to experts and DOJ Attorney Team. Perform research on West Law, ADIIS Oracle, Pacer and Summation for documents to be used in Court. Prepare files and get exhibits ready for trial. Proofreading other Paralegals work and making edits to their work in the Exhibit Tracking System for Paralegal Supervisor. I attended the Deposition with the lead attorney for the First Federal Lincoln case regarding an Expert Witness. I was the 
In- Court Exhibit Tracker in the Court of Federal Claims for a period of two months for First Federal Rochester v. United States. I was the lead paralegal for 
First Federal Lincoln v. The United States. I was in charge of a staff of four paralegals and in charge of maintaining the war room, deposition binders, pleadings binders, correspondence binders and all correspondence to the DOJ Attorneys and Experts. I assisted on over 25 trials with The United States Department of Justice and received several awards for my performance.

Law Clerk

The Sheet Metal Workers' National Pension Fund
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Alexandria, VA
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February 2001 to January 2002

Duties included preparing complaints, researching information for the complaints, preparing Motion for Facts and preparing Motion for Default Judgments for the Supervising Attorney to be used at trial. I was responsible for calling over 230 Locals and Clients throughout the United States about obtaining remittance reports and money owed to clients and corporations. Researched Rally and Lexis for information pertaining to each case worked on. I was responsible for adding up the total amounts by each individual worker and each fund in Rally to tally up the total amount of money owed to either the client or the corporation that was being sued by us. I cite-checked Attorney briefs when I was requested to. I assisted in the administration of cases in all phases of employee benefits including settlement negotiations and delinquent employers and opposing counsel. Researched and analyzed ERISA and Bankruptcy Laws and reported summaries back to the Attorneys. I was also responsible for preparing a Proof of Claims form for the Bankruptcy Cases Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 and responsible as well for filling out the necessary forms when a case went into the Withdrawal Liability Phase and for handling a case load of 25 - 30 cases a week.

Education

B.S. in Paralegal Studies

The University of Maryland University College -
College Park, MD

August 2000

Certificate in Paralegal

The University of Maryland University College -
College Park, MD

December 1999

Skills

ECF, Lexis, West Law, HummingBird, ADIIS Oracle, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Windows XP, Excel, Ami Pro, Power Point, Shepardizing, Bluebook Cite Checking, On-Line Cite Checking in Lexis and West Law, Time Matters, Summation, Concordance, Full Authority, Live Note, Exhibit Tracking ( In and Out of Court), Proofreading other Paralegals work for the Supervising Paralegal, Pacer, Typing (65 WPM), assisted DOJ Attorney at Deposition with Expert Witness, Quick Books, Access, Drafting Briefs, Legal Memorandum, Best Case Bankruptcy, Amicus, Adobe 8.0, Veelo and Dictation.

Additional Information

Introduction to the Law for Paralegal, Techniques of Legal Research, Computer Application in Law, Legal Ethics/Law Office Systems, Litigation, Legal Writing, Torts, Evidence, Business Law I, Business Law II, Employment Law For Business, Advanced Legal Research, Domestic Relations, Contract Law, Advanced Legal Writing, Administrative Law and Government Contracts ,Introduction to Business & Management, Management in the Global Context, Business Writing, Business and Government, Marketing Principles and Organization, Human Resource Management, and Retail Management