Paralegals

331 ABA Journal Paralegals articles.

PI Lawyers Argue Admin Payments Were Bonuses, Not Referral Fees

Two partners in a now-defunct personal-injury law firm argue in a petition filed with the New Jersey Supreme Court that their payments to an office administrator were bonuses rather than…

Fake Associate Gets Probation After Repaying Firm $150K in Salary

A paralegal who posed as an associate at Anderson Kill & Olick, collecting more than $200,000 in pay, was sentenced to probation.

Brian Valery, 33, of Massapequa, had pleaded guilty…

Paralegals Sue Over Regulation By Canadian Bar Association

A group of paralegals in Ontario, Canada, has filed a court challenge to a new regulatory scheme that puts them under the authority of a bar association.

While the paralegals…

Hawaii Ponders Controversial ‘Law Practice’ Rule

The Hawaii State Bar Association is asking the state’s supreme court to revise an ethical rule against the unauthorized practice of law, clarifying that nonlawyers can’t select, draft or complete…

Md. Law Firm Office Mgr. Stole $700K

A too-trusted former office manager for a Maryland law firm pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $700,000 from Nagle & Zaller over a six-year period.

Authorities say Christine McClain-Sloane,…

Paralegal Sues Holland & Knight for Raising Conflict that Cost Her a Job

A paralegal has sued Holland & Knight for tortious interference for raising concerns about a conflict of interest caused by her planned move to a new law firm.

Paralegal Patricia…

Lawyer-Poet a Tough Trial Opponent

Being a trial lawyer isn’t that different, in some ways, from being a poet, says Forrest Hainline III.

He should know, since he does both. In addition to trying business…

Cert Granted in Paralegal Fee Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that decides the rate of reimbursement for paralegal services when a winning party seeks attorney fees against the United States.

Sea Change in Legal Secretary Job Duties

A sea change from the way law practice was conducted when senior lawyers learned the ropes means that the traditional job of legal secretary will, within the foreseeable future, be…

Admin Charged in Law Firm Embezzlement

A longtime administrator has been charged with allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 from a New Orleans law firm through a fraudulent bank deposit scheme.

Lisa Mayerhafer, 41, who had worked…

Column: Legal Secretary Isn’t ‘Furniture’

Many lawyers are frustrated when they deal with their legal assistants (and vice-versa). But a new column by a legal secretary seeks to narrow that gap by telling attorneys what…

NY Lawyer Lived Happily Ever After (Sort Of), After Acid Attack on Girlfriend

Once a New York trial lawyer, Burton Pugach today is an improbable white-mink-clad movie star. Convicted in an infamous case of putting out a contract to have his girlfriend blinded…

Paralegal Pleads Guilty to Escrow Thefts

A paralegal has pleaded guilty to taking nearly $700,000 from escrow accounts at the law firm where she worked.

Amy C. Smith worked at Abel and Reynolds in Mount Pleasant,…

Disbarred—but Not Barred from Work

In some states, disciplined lawyers can still work as paralegals or clerks

Moving To Mumbai

More Firms Are Outsourcing Support Services to India. Will Legal Work Be Next?