BEARD, Tracy
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Location: Katy, TX, USA
School: Houston Community College
Field of Study: paralegal certificate

BEARD, Tracy

TRACY L. BEARD ------------
3818 Wildhawk Dr. ------------/in/tracy-beard-66b94a36
Katy, TX 77449 ------------

I have 30 years’ experience in the legal field within various practice areas. I am seeking a secure position with a group of like-minded individuals who value work-life balance, an ethical practice and believe in high quality work product. I thrive best in a busy environment. I have a strong work ethic and take pride in the quality of my work

SKILLS AND SOFTWARE:
• MS Word, Outlook, & Excel • E-Filing (state and federal) • ECF-Pacer
• WordPerfect • ProDoc • Time Matters
• Adobe Acrobat Pro • Clio • LexisNexis
• iManage
• Perfect Law
• UpTime Remote Desktop
• Draft Pleadings & Discovery • Carpe Diem
• Trial & Mediation Preparation
• Transcription 70-80 wpm
• Bates Labeling • Current Texas Notary Public
• Digital file Management
• Docketing-Calendar Management

WORK HISTORY:
Preis, PLC – Houston, TX – Legal Assistant- Insurance Defense – 10-2019 to 2-2020
• Managed insurance defense, complex civil litigation cases involving 18-wheeler and massive oilfield accidents;
• Revised notices, motions and orders and prepared documents for e-filing;
• E-filed pleadings with State and Federal Court;
• Calendared court deadlines for Docket Control Orders, discovery deadlines and upcoming trial deadlines;
• Managed attorney incoming emails and U.S. Mail, scan and save incoming invoices and mail;
• Downloaded documents for e-filings, organized all pleadings and discovery documents in electronic file folders;
• Created Outlook calendar entries and invites for attorneys attending hearings for partner;
• Prepare attorney for hearing, locate motions, notices and supporting documents and exhibits for use in hearings;
• Create spreadsheet for active case status, keep track of due dates for reporting to adjuster for case status;
• Input, code, review and post attorney time and create check requests for miscellaneous vendors in PerfectLaw;

ARCHER Settlement Systems – Houston, TX – Mass Tort Pharmaceutical – 12-2018 to 10-2019
• Worked in a call-center setting as Legal Assistant Representative for Arnold & Itkin’s Risperdal Docket;
• Assisted thousands of claimants with answers to inquiries on the status of their Risperdal claim;
• Worked in MS Access database to input hundreds of Plaintiff Fact Sheets for A&I’s Risperdal cases;
• Implemented hundreds of thousands of outbound calls to follow-up on missing data for Plaintiff Fact Sheets;
• Received thousands of incoming calls from emotionally disturbed, mentally challenged, sometimes psychotic and angry claimants and parents of claimants, demanding answers as to why their case was taking so long or was not settled. This was an extremely emotional and challenging position. However, I loved the people and became very compassionate for the clients and families who sometimes had lost their child or loved one to suicide.

The Springer Law Firm – Katy, TX – Paralegal – Family Law - 8-2017 to 5-2018
• Managed divorce & SAPCR cases from beginning to end;
• Communicated verbally and electronically with opposing counsel, mediators, court clerks, and clients;
• Prepared initial draft discovery requests and responses;
• Prepared initial draft pleadings, including petitions, responses, Rule 11 agreements, notices of hearing and trial;
• Prepared initial draft asset inventories;
• Scheduled hearings, depositions, mediations and trials;
• Calculated deadlines and entered on firm calendar.

Cooper, Jackson & Boanerges – Houston, TX – Paralegal – Insurance Defense -2-2017 to 8-2017
• Managed large case load of auto accident and injury cases from beginning to end;
• E-filed pleadings with State Court;
• Transcribed all insurance client reports including preliminary report, deposition summaries, trial reports;
• Ordered medical records;
• Communicated verbally and electronically with opposing counsel, court clerks, insured, and insurance adjusters;
• Scheduled depositions and mediations;
• Prepared initial draft discovery requests and responses;
• Obtained all insured documents for responses to discovery;
• Calculated deadlines and entered on firm calendar.

Lilly, Newman & Van Ness – Houston, TX – Paralegal – Family Law - 4-2015 to 10-2016
• Managed divorce and SAPCR cases from beginning to end;
• Prepared initial draft pleadings, discovery documents and final orders;
• E-filed pleadings with State Court;
• Bates labeled documents in preparation for document production;
• Calculated deadlines and managed attorney calendar;
• Prepared hearing and trial notebooks and indexed and labeled exhibits;
• Calculated estimated child support;
• Composed email correspondence and letters to opposing counsel and clients, court clerks and expert witnesses;
• Scheduled, prepared for and attended meetings, hearings, and mediations;
• Prepared family case forms (BVS, Child Support Information Sheet; Family Information Form, Income Withholding for Support (IWO), Request for Notice to Employer).

Law Office of Warren Cole – Houston, TX – Legal Assistant - Family Law - 2-2014 to 4-2015
• Prepared draft pleadings, discovery and final closing documents;
• Bates labeled documents in preparation for document production;
• Calculated deadlines and managed attorney calendar;
• E-filed pleadings with State Court;
• Assisted with trial preparation, prepared trial notebooks and exhibits;
• Composed email correspondence and letters to clients and opposing counsel;
• Communicated with clients, court clerks and opposing counsel;
• Met with clients, notarized affidavits;
• Prepared final documents and agreements;
• New client intake.

De Lange Hudspeth McConnell & Tibbets – Houston, TX – Legal Secretary – 11-2013 - 2-2014
• Prepared trust and estate documents;
• Revised and e-filed appellate briefs;
• E-filed briefs in Texas Appellate Court.

Stephens Law Firm – Katy, TX – Paralegal – Personal Injury - 6-2013 – 8-2013
• E-filed pleadings in State Court;
• Assisted with trial preparation; prepared trial notebooks and exhibits;
• Ordered, reviewed medical records and prepared medical chronologies;
• Drafted pleadings and discovery documents;
• Bates labeled documents in preparation for document production;
• Composed letters to clients and opposing counsel;
• Communicated with clients, court clerks and opposing counsel;
• New client intake.

Simon Herbert McClelland & Stiles – Houston, TX – Paralegal – Personal Injury - 1-2012 – 3-2013
• Prepared draft pleadings and discovery documents;
• Ordered, reviewed medical records and prepared medical chronologies;
• Prepared mediation, deposition and hearing notebooks;
• Prepared correspondence to opposing counsel and clients;
• Performed research on entities for service;
• E-filed pleadings with State court;
• Calculated deadlines and managed firm calendar;
• Managed electronic and hard files;
• Kept track of and billed time.



TF Administration – Houston, TX – Personal Assistant - 9-2011 – 4-2012 (Contract)
• Established and maintained personal filing system;
• Input data for 2500 Outlook Contacts;
• Prepared binders for personal data.

Reich & Binstock, LLP – Houston, TX – Legal Assistant Personal Injury – Mass Tort -3-2006 – 6-2011
• Supported firm’s founding partner in pharmaceutical and mass tort litigation;
• E-filed pleadings with Federal Court;
• Assisted in trial preparation and attended trial;
• Prepared draft pleadings and discovery;
• Traveled to Oklahoma to meet with clients and obtain discovery responses;
• Ordered and reviewed medical records on over 80 children for mass toxic tort case;
• Communication with experts and trial team via email;
• Coordinated international and domestic travel;
• Managed attorney schedules through MS Outlook;
• Prepared attorney time for submission to MDL Panel.

Stumpf Craddock Massey & Farrimond – Houston, TX – Legal Assistant – Corporate - 8-2002 – 1-2006
• Supported partner and associate in international corporate business law practice;
• Prepared, revised and filed Supreme Court briefs;
• Created Excel spreadsheets and flowcharts;
• Prepared revised and redlined contracts and corporate documents;
• Maintained corporate minute books.

Texaco Legal Department - Houston, TX – Senior Secretary – Environmental -10-1998 – 1-2002
• Supported two senior environmental attorneys;
• Composed letters, prepared expense reports, legal memoranda and spreadsheets;
• Maintained in-house environmental files;
• Processed invoices;
• Coordinated attorney travel arrangements;
• Maintained legal department calendar.

WEST COAST LEGAL SECRETARY EXPERIENCE:
Preston Gates & Ellis – Portland, OR - Banking/Real Estate/Litigation
Long & Levit – San Francisco, CA - Environmental Litigation/Legal Malpractice and Insurance Defense
Latham & Watkins – San Diego, CA - Environmental Litigation/Corporate Law
Gray Cary Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper) - San Diego, CA - Litigation Insurance Defense

EDUCATION:
Houston Community College- Houston, Texas – Paralegal Certificate Program
Mesa Community College - San Diego, California – Legal Secretarial Certificate Program
Odessa College - Odessa, Texas

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