Robin E. Rosenthal, PP-SC, specializes in medical malpractice defense at Christie & Young PC, a medium sized law firm in Center City Philadelphia. In previous employment she has worked in the areas of insurance defense, premises liability, personal injury and family law
She graduated from the Martin School of Business and has taken some classes at Penn State University and Montgomery County Community College. She also studied Microsoft Office Specialist Training at Bucks County Community College and became Certified Microsoft Office Specialist certified in Civil Litigation & Trial Management. .
Robin is a NALS Professional Paralegal with Specialty Certifications in Trial Management and Civil Litigation; Certified Microsoft Office Specialist.
Why did you choose a paralegal career? I wanted to be involved in a career in law that would be challenging and rewarding to me.
What is your favorite part of your job? I do not get to do it as often as I would like to, but I love going to Court and participating in the presentation of all the Exhibits at trial. I also like the adrenaline that flows in preparing for trial, and working close with the clients, it is special rapport that you maintain during trial.
What professional associations do you belong to? I am a member of NALS – The National Association for Legal Professionals, and I am a Pennsylvania Notary Public – I also belong to PAN –Pennsylvania Association of Notaries.
How has your membership benefited you? My membership has helped me achieve specialty certifications that I am very proud of, it has helped me excel in my career and the networking has been amazing.
What has been the highlight of your career? There are actually two highlights I have to mention; the first was when I passed my Professional Paralegal Certification Exam; and the second when I assisted during an entire trial to a successful defense verdict.
What do you see as hot trends in the paralegal industry? Digital presentations are being used more and more in Court, I see that as a definite plus.
If someone contemplating a paralegal career asked you for career advice, what would your answer be? I would tell them to specialize in litigation; it is very busy and very challenging – it leads to more of a variety of career paths you can choose.
You’ve enjoyed a successful paralegal career. To what single event or person do you attribute that success? I attribute my success to my sister Shelley; she is always there for me and encourages me to be the best I can be and never give up. I also attribute my success to an attorney I used to work with named Mary Kay who also was always there for me, encouraging me and challenging me, I consider her as a mentor.
What is the most important step a paralegal can take to keep his or her career interesting?
Education, education, education!
What advice would you give yourself if you met you as a first-year paralegal? Always seek out help if you need it, research and keep yourself on top of all the new legal software you can learn, and pay attention – never give up, and never be afraid to ask questions.
If you could not be a paralegal, what would be your dream job? If I was not a paralegal, I would want to be a teacher.
Is there a quote that inspires you? “Believe”
What electronic device can you not live without? My cell phone
What is the best live concert you’ve ever attended? I would not say a concert, but I saw “Motown on Broadway” the first day it opened – it was surreal!
What makes you lose your patience? Lazy people!
What college classes did you love? I absolutely loved Sociology of Families and Business Law.