Cyndi Hitsman, ACP is a Certified Paralegal/ESI Manager at the Herring Law Group where she specializes in Electronic Discovery; Family Law; Litigation and Trial Preparation and Assistance.
She took the California Proficiency Exam in high school to graduate early. Following graduation she attended junior college classes. She started working in a law firm at 17I
Cyndi has been a Certified Paralegal since 2001 and an Advanced Certified Paralegal in Discovery since 2005.
Why did you choose a paralegal career? Actually, I don’t think I did! It is more like the paralegal career chose me. My first legal job was filling in for a friend, a solo practitioner, when his office assistant went on vacation. I have worked in law offices in various capacities ever since.
What is your favorite part of your job? Finding needles in haystacks! I love reviewing and managing large document cases. The feeling of being able to find a random email or document pertaining to a specific issue out of thousands or millions of pages of documents is awesome!
What professional associations do you belong to?
- Ventura County Paralegal Association (former President, Treasurer, NALA Liaison);
- Santa Barbara Paralegal Association (current President, former Treasurer, NALA Liaison);
- California Alliance of Paralegal Associations; and
- Former member of National Association of Legal Assistants
How has your membership benefited you? I have formed life-long friendships with other paralegals who understand the “paralegal life.”
What has been the highlight of your career? Trials. I love the feel of being at trial – the all-encompassing game of litigation. One day we’re up, another down – the twists and turns of the process and advocating for our clients and the relief and appreciation by the clients for a favorable result! Continue Reading