Category Archives: Paralegal Profile

Paralegal Profile: Kathy Darnell Adams, PLS PP

Kathy Adams is a paralegal with William P. Holley III in Marietta, Georgia where she specializes in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense. She is a graduate of the Kennesaw State University Paralegal Program and has earned certifications from NALS: Certified Professional Legal Secretary and Certified Professional Paralegal.


picture1What prompted you to choose a paralegal career?  I really fell into it.  When I was in high school in 1977, I took a vocational office training course that required part-time employment in an office setting.  My teacher noticed an ad for a part-time legal secretary position and told me to call and schedule an interview.  I have worked in the legal field ever since.

What is your favorite part of your job?  Interacting with clients and helping them understand the legal process.

What professional associations do you belong to?  Cobb County Legal Professionals Association, NALS of Georgia, NALS, Kennesaw State University’s Continuing Education Paralegal Advisory Board

How has your membership benefited you?   Education and Networking.  My membership in NALS provides opportunities to attend continuing education conferences increasing my knowledge and expertise in the legal field.  Many of these conferences have been on the local level where I live, but I have also been able to attend conferences throughout my home state of Georgia as well as throughout the country.   I have met so many people that have helped me throughout my profession including mentors, employment contacts, and lots of friends.

What has been the highlight of your career?  I serve as the certification/education chair of my local chapter, Cobb County Legal Professionals Association, and teach NALS certification classes.  It makes my day when one of my students sends me an email or calls to let me know they passed their certification exam. Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Heidi Helstrom, CP

This profile of Heidi Helstrom, CP must begin with Congratulations! Heidi was named 2016 Paralegal of the Year by the San Antonio Paralegal Association and the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas as they celebrated Paralegal Day on October 19th. Heidi Helstrom, CP is a Family Law Paralegal at the Tessmer Law Firm,… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Stephanie R. Sterling, TBLS-BCP

Stephanie R. Sterling, TBLS-BCP is a Litigation Paralegal at DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP in Austin, Texas. She specializes in Civil Trial Law, specifically handling complex commercial matters. Stephanie earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies with honors from Lamar University, (an ABA approved program) and Bachelors of Science in History with… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Belline Manopla

Belline Manopla graduated in May 2016 from New York City College of Technology, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Legal Studies (Summa Cum Laude).  She began working as a paralegal that same week at a firm specializing in employment and family based immigration. Belline was the winner of the 2015 New York City Paralegal Association’s… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Sonjanita C. Jordan

Sonjanita C. Jordan  is a freelance paralegal and the owner of LA Paralegals, LLC, where she specializes in criminal law. She is the current President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association. She has a paralegal certificate from the University of New Orleans. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Why did you choose a paralegal career?   I have always had an… Continue Reading

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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Why did you… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Angela Wilson

Angela Wilson is a paralegal with Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc., in Irving, Texas. She has a Bachelor’s degree (English major, history minor) from the University of Texas Arlington and a Paralegal Certificate from Heald Business College, San Francisco, CA. Angela also tutors Criminal Justice at UT Arlington. ————————————————— What prompted you to choose a paralegal… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Linda Carrette, CP

Linda Carrette, CP, is a Litigation Paralegal with Strasburger & Price in Houston, Texas, Linda has a BBA-Business from Ole Miss, a MBA from Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio;  and a Paralegal Certificate from Southwestern Paralegal Institute. She is also Board Certified-Civil Trial Law (Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and has earned her… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Kai Ellis, ACP

Kai Ellis, ACP is a Litigation Paralegal at Aiwasian & Associates in Los Angeles, California where she specializes in litigation and insurance. Kai has a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from University of West Los Angeles (UWLA). She has earned the ACP-Trial Practice and ACP-eDiscovery from NALA, as well as the State of Texas Department of Insurance… Continue Reading

Paralegal Profile: Lisa Lynch, CRP

Lisa Lynch, CRP, is a litigation paralegal employed City of Dallas and is the immediate Past President of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association. She received her Paralegal Certificate from the Professional Development Institute at the University of North Texas Lisa was certified by NFPA as a Core Registered Paralegal in 2011, becoming one of the… Continue Reading