The experienced personal injury attorneys and workers’ compensation lawyers of Commonwealth Law Group offer personalized, client-focused services. Our staff works closely with our attorneys to monitor each case personally and provide our clients with this type of service. Because our staff is integral to our clients’ experience, we want to introduce each of them on our blog.
How long have you been with CLG and what’s your role? I joined the firm in April of 2017 and work as Senior Paralegal to Matt Lastrapes.
What’s your professional background? I’ve worked as a paralegal for much of my career, starting back in the days when Nirvana was a new band. I initially started my legal career as a receptionist in a firm with a focus on adoption and surrogacy law. Eventually, I found an affinity working as a paralegal in a firm focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation. I like being on the plaintiff/claimant side. I have worked in that role for more than 15 years and continue to gain knowledge and experience now that I’m performing similar duties for Commonwealth Law Group.
What inspired you to enter the legal profession? My father owned his own court reporting company. He would come home after work and share the most engaging, intriguing stories about his experiences. It helped me realize that I wanted to do something similar and help people in my daily work. He definitely played an important role in my choice of a career in the legal profession.
What’s your greatest strength? My mad grammar skills. I also fancy myself as having a keen sense of humor. And, of course, you can’t tell from this type font, but I have great penmanship, too. I’ve often thought it would be cool to be able to write exactly like a typewriter, though I had a lot more time to pursue that goal when I originally thought of it at age 9.
What’s your typical workday like? I’m fiercely a morning person. I try to work through the priorities of the day first, then focus on less pressing deadlines. Anything to streamline the process and make our files move more efficiently and thus benefit our clients. That being said, no two days are alike in this job, so I have to roll with the punches and adjust and adapt to ever-changing deadlines and priorities. It keeps things interesting!
What satisfies you about your job? It is nice to be able to help clients during what I think may be one of the most painful and stressful times of their lives. Helping to bring a case to a successful conclusion in favor of our clients is a great reward and truly satisfying. I’m also very happy to work with a great bunch of people, attorneys and support staff alike. We’re all motivated as a team in our efforts to benefit clients.
Do you have a favorite book? I loved The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein when I was a kid. It’s a great book because it teaches kids about generosity and selflessness. As an adult, you get an entirely different perspective from it. It’s worth another read. I also loved anything and everything Nancy Drew when I was growing up. A great read is as good as the best movies. There wasn’t much I didn’t read after that.
What’s your proudest moment as a personal injury and workers’ comp paralegal? Each time I can say I played a small part in helping to bring a claimant or plaintiff’s case to a successful conclusion, I am proud. Some of our clients have been through a lot and didn’t think anything would ever come from their struggle to get justice. We do our dangedest (yeah, that’s a real word in my world) to help those folks as much as possible. It feels great!
What was your best vacation ever? My best vacation was to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I fell in love with that city and have been back more times than I can count. The food, the music, the architecture – I make every effort to return at least once a year.
What do you do to relax after work? I’m obsessed with my two dogs – Nola and Louie – collectively they weigh about 15 pounds. Nola is a Shi Tzu mix, and Louie is a Chinese Crested. They are my happy place. To come home each evening to these tiny fur-babies is my Zen! My husband Tom is pretty great, too – not the typical ball and chain at all. He’s a former professional wrestler who’s so strong that he can physically lift me without making an annoying “umpf” noise. Plus, he’s almost as funny as I am.
Justice starts at CLG. If you’ve been hurt at work or injured due to the negligence of another in a truck accident, auto accident, drunk driving accident, slip and fall, or suffered traumatic brain injury, burn injury or any other type of personal injury, call the Richmond workers’ compensation lawyers and personal injury attorneys of Commonwealth Law Group. We can help you explore your legal options by providing a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. Call us today at 804.292.2953.Back to Blog