Paralegal Profile: Karen L. McKnight, CP

Karen L. McKnight, CP, is a paralegal employed by the Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO). She is from Holloway, Louisiana and is a member of the Louisiana State Paralegal Association, Inc. Her membership in LSPA has provided her with affordable continuing legal education, as well as networking opportunities with her peers.


McKnightWhy did you choose a paralegal career?  I developed into the role of paralegal after several years as a legal secretary.

What is your favorite part of your job?  Client contact; success in locating “missing” witnesses and clients.

What has been the highlight of your career?  Being named Outstanding Paralegal of the Year by the Louisiana State Paralegal Association.

If someone contemplating a paralegal career asked you for career advice, what would your answer be?  Hit the ground running and learn all you can. Make yourself such a vital and necessary part of your attorney’s practice that he cannot survive without you!

You’ve enjoyed a successful paralegal career.  To what single event or person do you attribute that success?  I owe this to my first attorney boss, Lon P. Wilson. He taught me everything I know and was supportive and instrumental in my seeking the NALA’s Certified Paralegal designation.

If you weren’t a paralegal, what would be your dream job?  Interior design.

Is there a quote that inspires you?   Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What electronic device can you not live without?  My computer

What was your first car?  A Ford Mustang.

What unusual item do you own?  I wouldn’t call it unusual, but I do have Janis Joplin’s first album when she was with Big Brother and The Holding Company.

What was your first job?  In high school, I was a secretary at my dad’s glass shop.

From American history, who is your hero?  George Washington.

What is the best live concert you’ve ever attended?  George Straight

What’s your favorite food?  Shrimp

What sports team are you passionate about? Louisiana State University (LSU) … Go Tigers!

What is the one thing you wish you were better at?  Math!

What is your favorite hobby?  Reading

What makes you lose your patience?  Rude people

What TV channel do you most often have on?  HGTV

What scares you the most?  Bugs and snakes

What word do you always have a problem spelling?  occurrence

What is your favorite Web site?  Facebook

Where do you like to go to have fun?  Camping in my fifth wheel

What’s your favorite thing to cook?  I don’t cook. My husband does all of the cooking – yay!!!

You’ve been given the chance to have dinner with anyone living or dead. Who is it?  Elvis Presley

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?  I would be 18 again.

What is your guilty pleasure food? Chocolate cake