Meet Our Paralegals
Julia is an Air Force veteran and a highly experienced personal injury paralegal. She completed her paralegal coursework through the ABA paralegal program with Skagit Valley College. Prior to becoming a paralegal, she worked for 20 years as a bodily injury/property adjuster for major insurance carriers. She specializes in reviewing medical records and writing demands for settlement. When she is not working, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping, working with fused glass, gardening, and her animals.
- Results-driven achiever, using exemplary planning and organizational skills, with a high degree of detail orientation, as an exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
- Resourceful team player, who excels at building trusting relationships with clients and colleagues.
- Exceptional ability to adapt to changing situations and function in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, while remaining calm and focused in high stress deadline situations.
- Computer-literate and proficient in Abacus, Needles, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access/databases, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Able to type over 80 WPM.
Skills & Experience
- Solid understanding of State/Federal Court Rules and local rules, e-filing, motion practice.
- Responsible for court calendar; confirmed motions, hearings, coordinated depositions and mediations.
- Prepared witness list; assembled exhibits and documents for arbitration hearings and trials.
- Draft litigations documents (Pleadings, Interrogatories, Deposition Notices, Subpoenas, Discovery Responses, ER 904 disclosures, etc.)
- Assisted clients with interrogatory answers.
- Organized and kept up-to-date case files and other documentation (electronic and paper files).
- Case management from retention through litigation; including but not limited to meeting with clients, court filings, discovery assistance and preparation, calendaring, trial preparation, drafting, editing and finalizing correspondence and pleadings, etc.
- Prepared questions and attended meetings with doctors; drafted narrative reports for doctor signatures based on medical records and meetings.
- Secured, evaluated and summarized medical records, employment records, police reports.
- Interviewed clients, and witnesses; prepared affidavits and declarations.
- Drafted settlement demands for attorney approval and skillfully negotiated settlements.
- Successfully negotiated reduced subrogation with PIP and health care providers/insurance.
Demands on Command — Seattle, WA
Owner (July 2015–Present)
Herrmann Scholbe — Seattle, WA
Personal Injury Case Negotiator (January 2014–July 2015)
Davis Law Group — Seattle, WA
Personal Injury Paralegal (July 2011–December 2013)
Tario and Associates — Mt Vernon, WA
Paralegal Intern (September 2010–January 2011)
Adler Giersch — Seattle, WA
Paralegal/Case Manager (June 2008–November 2009)
Independent Catastrophe Adjuster (Hurricanes) — NC, VA, AL, FL, LA
Travelers Insurance — Seattle, WA
Liability Adjuster (2001–2003)
Liberty Mutual Insurance — Hillsboro, OR
Senior Liability Adjuster (1996–2001)
AIG Claims Services — Portland, OR
Fast Track Adjuster — Commercial/General Liability (1994–1996)
Continental Insurance — Costa Mesa, CA
Operations Manager, Senior Liability Adjuster (1988–1994)
United States Air Force
Legal Technician (1976–1988 — Honorable Discharge)
Skagit Valley College
Paralegal courses (2010–2012)
Lambda Epsilon Chi national honor society.
Tracye earned her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College, which offers an American Bar Association-approved program. She excelled in her coursework, maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A., and received recognition for Outstanding Achievement from her Contract Law instructor. In addition to the Advanced Paralegal Certificate, Tracye also possesses a Master’s degree in Teaching from City University of Seattle, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Puget Sound. Tracye is an experienced elder law paralegal and has drafted complex estate planning documents, as well as probate and guardianship pleadings. In addition, she has prepared Quit Claim Deeds, REETA’s, and Succession Affidavits. She consistently delivers meticulous work products and compassionate service.
Professional Talents & Skills
- Trained in and capable of creating complex documents, including petitions, motions, discovery requests, and relevant pleadings
- Possesses the critical thinking skills necessary to effectively communicate the results of legal research by drafting flawless correspondence, and preparing complex legal memoranda
- Knowledgeable of rules and procedures for civil and family actions in King and Snohomish counties, from commencement to final resolution
- Proficient in using computers, including electronic mail, record keeping, e-filing documents in King County, word processing, and creating spreadsheets: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Outlook, Westlaw legal research, and AdvoLogix legal matter management software
- Committed to upholding the ethical standards of the legal profession, especially client confidentiality
- Produces quality work under pressure and meet deadlines with patience and compassion
- Notary Public
Northwest Elder Law Group PLLC — Seattle, Washington
Estate Planning/Elder Law Paralegal (2013–2016)
- Drafted estate planning documents
- Drafted probate and guardianship pleadings
- Prepared Quit Claim Deeds, REETA’s, and Succession Affidavits
- Assisted clients with navigating the probate process
- Acted as liaison between attorneys and clients
- Prepared VA Benefits Application materials
Edmonds School District — Edmonds, Washington (2009–2011) Torah Day School of Seattle — Seattle, Washington (2008–2009) Dartmoor School — Woodinville, Washington (2007–2008) Brier Terrace Middle School — Brier, Washington (2004–2005)
- Created and implemented instructional plans for multiple subject areas
- Researched and implemented latest pedagogical trends and strategies
- Communicated with parents, colleagues, and educational specialists
- Actively participated in collaborative professional development group
- Assisted and guided diverse populations in high pressure situations
- Wrote and distributed bi-monthly newsletter
- Maintained detailed records and assessment data
Pacific Science Center — Seattle, Washington
Visitor Services Representative (2006–2007)
- Assisted in the daily operation of the Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit
- Provided pertinent information and customer service
- Guided visitors and students of all ages
- Trained and assisted volunteers
Pacific Trawlers Incorporated — Seattle, Washington
Administrative Assistant (2000–2001)
- Coordinated all incoming and outgoing communications for an office of twenty people
- Acted as first point of contact for customers and various maritime vendors
- Scheduled conference room meetings
- Ordered and stocked office supplies
- Maintained office machinery
Wind River Middle School — Carson, Washington
AmeriCorps Volunteer/Educational Assistant (1997–1999)
- Tutored 7th and 8th grade students in English, Math, Social Studies and Science, in regular and Special Education classes
- Assisted local residents and other volunteers at various community-building events
Edmonds Community College — Lynnwood, Washington
Advanced Paralegal Certificate, 2012
American Bar Association approved program
- Dean’s List, 4.0 G.P.A.
- Outstanding Achievement in Contract Law
City University of Seattle — Bellevue, Washington
Master in Teaching, 2003
- Presidential Academic Honors, Dean’s List
- Residency K-8 Teaching Certificate
The University of Puget Sound — Tacoma, Washington
B.A., English, 1996
Bonney McCormack is an experienced paralegal who has worked for several Seattle firms from small general practice firms to multi-national firms. Her most recent experience is in employment law with a focus on electronic document production including document review and coding. She has recent experience in trial and deposition preparation in federal and state courts. Her career has included plaintiff litigation, including class action and personal injury, defense litigation in employment law and business law as well as appellate law.
Littler Mendelson PC — Seattle, WA
Hired as a full-time employee in March, 2014. Litigation support in all aspects of employment law, including but not limited to, deposition preparation, deposition summaries, document production, drafting pleadings and preparing exhibits for motion practice and trial. I supported all aspects of trial preparation including setting up Trial Director and preparing all exhibits in the format required by the courts. I also cite checked (Blue Book) and proof-read briefs for filing with the court. I am proficient in Relativity, Microsoft Office Suite Adobe Pro, and Quick Books.
Law Dawgs — Seattle, WA
Contract litigation paralegal to Littler Mendelson from 8/2013-3/2014.
Contract litigation paralegal to Calfo, Harrigan, Leigh and Eakes 3/2013-5/2013.
DLA Piper(US) — Seattle, WA
Paralegal support in all types of litigation. Frequent use of Relativity to provide support in research and analysis of e-discovery. I was responsible for all phases of litigation support including discovery, document production, coding documents on Relativity and trial preparation.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro — Seattle, WA
Litigation support in class action and commercial litigation. I was responsible for all phases of litigation including discovery, document management and trial preparation. I was also responsible for proof-reading, cite checking and filing briefs. I interacted directly with class members and other clients, expert witnesses opposing counsel and court personnel.
Betts, Patterson Mines PLLC — Seattle, WA
Paralegal support in complex litigation, construction defect, insurance coverage, and insurance defense. I was responsible for processing cases from automobile accidents to large construction defect and insurance coverage cases. I handled discovery, document management and trial preparation.
Holland + Knight PLLC — Seattle, WA
(5/2005-2/2006)(Seattle office closed 2/2006)
Paralegal support in complex in complex litigation, medical malpractice and other types of insurance defense. Duties included document management, discovery, document summaries and e-filing.
Smith & Goodfriend — Seattle, WA
Part-time paralegal support in all phases of obtaining and perfecting the record on appeal. I prepared and summarized documents for preparation of all briefs in state and federal appellate courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000).
Thomas. H. Debuys — Seattle, WA
Contract paralegal: Provided support in all types of litigation. My duties included preparing discovery materials, trial exhibits, preparing witnesses for trial, trail attendance and investigations.
Charles K. Wiggins — Bainbridge Island, WA
Contract paralegal: Prepared case materials for argument before the Court of Appeals. Duties included summarizing trial transcripts and depositions and preparing e-briefs.
B.S. Legal Administration, 1979
King County Superior Court
Traci Warner graduated with a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Evergreen State College. Additionally, she earned an A.A.S. in legal assistant/paralegal studies from Tacoma Community College. She has over 15-years paralegal experience in a variety of legal environments to include corporate and business law, real estate, complex personal injury cases, construction defect, insurance defense, probate, wills and trusts, immigration law, employment law, civil litigation and appellant practice. She is a thorough and conscientious paralegal with a proven track record of success in supporting attorneys.
Stark and Hammack, PC — Medford, OR
Legal Assistant (August 2014–December 2015)
Legal Assistant to two attorneys practicing in business law, real estate law, protective proceedings, probate and estate planning. Drafting of business formation, guardianship, conservatorship, probate and estate planning documents. Other various duties including dictation, scheduling, e-filing, file organization, research and writing of various legal documents.
Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP — Seattle, Washington
Paralegal (August, 2012–October, 2013)
Paralegal in a multi-attorney paperless law firm practicing in construction defect defense, complex personal injury matters, product liability cases and real estate and property litigation. Duties included preparation of litigation pleadings, discovery documents and motions, deposition preparation, site visits, research, and review and organization of large paperless case files. Utilized various e-discovery software programs including Adobe, IPro and Relativity.
(October, 2010–August, 2012)
Self-employed paralegal working with various attorneys performing research and writing of litigation documents.
Jacobson, Thierolf & Dickey, P.C. — Medford, OR
Legal Assistant (October, 2009–October, 2010)
Legal Assistant to attorney practicing in business law, immigration law, employment law, probate and various civil litigation lawsuits both in state and federal courts. My responsibilities consisted of client and court contact, scheduling, billing, research, document preparation, and dictation.
Talk Radio Network, Inc. — Grants Pass, OR
Executive Assistant/Paralegal (September, 2007–August, 2008)
Various corporate legal duties including: working directly with the Vice President of business affairs; negotiating, reviewing, editing and drafting business agreements and contracts; management of affiliate agreements; management of corporate records; management of litigation filings; legal research and writing; daily contact with media personnel within and outside of the company; draft and implement new policies and procedures; and daily contact with corporate management staff.
Sybaritic, Inc. — Minneapolis, MN
Law Clerk/Executive Assistant(September, 2005–May, 2007)
Various corporate legal duties including: negotiating and drafting of various business agreements and contracts to include supply, distribution, and manufacturing agreements; file management of patent and trademark litigation; international litigation management; employment litigation management; arbitration filings; human resources functions; consumer mediation and litigation; regulatory research and compliance; corporate records management; and daily contact with corporate management staff and outside counsel.
William Mitchell School of Law — St. Paul, MN
Graduated in 2007 with a Juris Doctor Degree.
Kathleen C. Ridder Scholarship recipient
Recipient of CALI Award in Excellence
Studied Dispute Resolution at Hamline Law School, St. Paul, MN.
Evergreen State College — Olympia, WA
Graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on social and public policy.
Tacoma Community College — Tacoma, WA
Graduated in 2000 with an Associates of Science Degree in the paralegal/legal assistants program.
Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
Edmonds Community College — Lynnwood, WA
June, 1991–December, 1992
Associate of Technical Arts, Legal Assistant.
Tara is a legal assistant with 20 years of experience, primarily in the area of litigation. She specializes in federal and state court e-filings. Tara has worked on filings in the Washington state and appellate courts and in federal courts across the country. Other areas of expertise include calendaring/docketing, researching court rules, perfecting and fixing Microsoft Word documents, creating and editing PDF documents, and setting up and organizing electronic filing systems for law firms. In addition to her litigation experience, Tara has worked in other areas of the legal field, such as corporate, M&A, real estate and finance. Tara has also has experience as a court clerk. Outside of work, Tara enjoys boating, hiking, traveling, learning languages, playing with dogs and volunteering.
DLA Piper US LLP — Seattle, Washington
Legal Secretary (July 2007—September 2007; May 2010—Present)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to two shareholders and two senior associates specializing in white collar crime, securities litigation, complex/class action litigation and corporate law. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; prepare presentation binders for client interviews; assist in trial/hearing preparation; facilitate multi-party business travel arrangements and maintain travel calendar for shareholder.
Columbia Falls City Court — Columbia Falls, Montana
Court Clerk (September 2008–May 2010)
Provide day-to-day administrative management of the court under supervision of Judge. Assist in administering criminal proceedings and docketing; process payments and bonds; ensure daily balance of general and bond trust accounts; prepare correspondence and maintain court records; process deferrals, jail sentences and failures to comply with sentencing obligations; assist in the coordination of court matters with defendants, defense counsel, city prosecutor, police department, detention center and chemical dependency counseling agencies; report to motor vehicle agency all matters that affect driving records of defendants; process traffic and criminal cases from start to finish using complex court administration software; manage front counter and telephone traffic; respond to case disposition and record requests; prepare files for court use; process timely notices to defendants for all hearings and other court proceedings; prepare for and manage jury trials; train new clerks on court procedures.
Edwards, Sieh, Smith & Goodfriend, P.S. — Seattle, Washington
Legal Assistant (May 2006–July 2007)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to two shareholders and two associates specializing in appellate law. Assist in preparation of extensive appellate briefing, pleadings and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review and finalization; calendar deadlines using Amicus; assist in trial/hearing preparation; check case citations and quotations using Westlaw; create Word templates for firm use; contact clients regarding case status and other matters.
Graham & Dunn, P.C. — Seattle, Washington
Legal Secretary (July 2004–November 2005, then temporary through May 2006)
Provide administrative and paralegal support to shareholder and two associates specializing in financial services and complex litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial correspondence for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; assist in trial/hearing preparation; organize and track document production; assist in responding to document production requests; check case citations and quotations using Lexis/Nexis; train secretaries on electronic filing procedures.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. — Seattle, Washington
Legal Secretary / Workflow Coordinator (September 2003–July 2004)
Provide administrative support to shareholder, associate and paralegal specializing in financial services and product liability litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare initial drafts of letters for attorney review; calendar deadlines using Outlook and firm docketing system; maintain litigation files; assist with firm-wide marketing program; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; assist in trial/hearing preparation; provide training to staff on software applications; provide training to new secretaries on federal, state and local court rules and procedures; ensure smooth coverage of workflow at secretarial stations by providing overflow assistance and distributing extra work among staff members; act as mentor for newly-hired secretaries.
Boone Karlberg P.C. — Missoula, Montana
Legal Secretary (December 2002–September 2003)
Provide administrative support to shareholder, associate and paralegal. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; prepare medical records summaries for railroad injury cases; prepare letters to clients, opposing counsel and cocounsel; calendar dates using ProLaw; maintain litigation files; prepare outlines and notebooks for presentations; maintain CLE materials and affidavits; maintain trial notebooks; assist in trial preparation.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP — Dallas, Texas
Legal Secretary – Trial Section (July 2000–December 2002)
Provide administrative support to partner, associate and paralegal specializing in business litigation. Assist in preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other litigation-related documents; maintain litigation files; time entry; answer phones; set up conference calls; make travel arrangements; heavy transcription of documents and letters.
Word Processor/ Computer Support Tech. Work with Firm’s technical group to provide computer support and team coverage. Answer calls to help desk regarding various PC, network and application issues; help in firm-wide conversion process from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word; provide one-on-one training on different applications used; responsible for managing floor staff coverage; provide overflow word processing assistance; monitor hours for bonus incentive program.
Southeastern Paralegal Institute at Dallas (ABA Accredited)
Technology: MS Word; WordPerfect; Excel; PowerPoint; Outlook; Adobe Acrobat; PCDocs; CM/ECF; Pacer;
Relativity; DeltaView; SoftWise; Dictaphone; Carpe Diem; ProLaw; Worldox; iManage;
Summation; CourtLink; Lexis/Nexis; Westlaw; Amicus; FullCourt; WebView
Typing: 80 wpm
Languages: Fluent in written and spoken Spanish / Learning Portuguese