Job Title: Paralegal
Current Employer: Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.
Where: Fresno, CA
Years of Experience: 14 years
Other Relevant Work Experience: Secretary
Education: Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA Paralegal Certificate
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Paralegal Job Profile - How to Become a Paralegal
In this Salary Story, we hear from Rita, a successful paralegal who knows the ins and outs of working as a legal assistant. She describes the duties of a paralegal, explains some of the challenges that paralegals face, and offers advice on how to become a paralegal and be successful in the field. For more career information, check out the paralegal links at the bottom of the page.
PayScale: What are the duties of a paralegal?
For litigation cases assigned to me, I am responsible for overall case management under the supervision of the assigned attorney; drafting and responding to discovery requests, preparation of client status reports, document control, drafting pleadings, trial preparation of exhibits, motions in limine, jury instructions. For trademark assignments, I complete initial clearance research of potential trademarks, analysis and discuss with the attorney; research potential conflicts; prepare draft trademark applications; communicate with the client over all aspects of the trademark application and defense aspects; draft responses to office actions; oversee calendaring of applications and registrations and all deadlines associated with same; and prepare draft renewals of registrations.