Your biggest break can come from never quitting. Being at the right place at the right time can only happen when you keep moving toward the next opportunity. ~~Arthur Pine
About Paralegal Career Coach: Bert Binder, MHRM
My career as a paralegal started in 1988, at a government agency. In 1993, I transitioned to law firm employment, working mainly in complex litigation. In 1998, I accepted the position of Litigation Support Specialist at one of the largest law firms in Phoenix, Arizona, and was responsible for supporting and assisting multiple trial groups in the implementation and utilization of law office technology. While in this position, I became a Summation Certified trainer and proficient with TrialDirector, PowerPoint, Visio, Access, and Excel in order to provide a wide range of services to the diverse litigation groups at the firm. When this law firm dissolved, I transitioned to offer my services as a litigation technology consultant, specializing in electronic trial technology.
My employers have ranged from large law firms to solo practioners, and I have had the opportunity to work in a wide range of legal practice areas, including products liability, insurance defense, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, personal injury, employment and labor, bankruptcy, and intellectual property. For over ten years, I was also the Paralegal Internship Coordinator at Phoenix College, an ABA approved program, with an outstanding reputation for high quality education. I am certified to teach in the areas of Human Resources, General Business, and the Paralegal Program. As the Paralegal Program Internship Coordinator, I worked with law firms, agencies and corporations to place internship students in law offices to gain hands-on experience as a paralegal. I taught the students effective resume formats, cover letter writing and interviewing techniques, as well as insight to the legal environment employee skills necessary for a successful career as a paralegal. I also have over eight years of experience working in the design and implementation of courtroom technology for the Judicial Branch of Maricopa County and can provide practical insight to the paralegal's role in learning and utilizing trial technology.
I have researched and documented salary and career opportunity data for paralegal jobs (and those that require paralegal training and skills) for years. I have hosted workshops and seminars on job search strategies and career development, effective resume writing, interviewing techniques and strategy, and the vast range of career opportunities in the legal field.
My education includes an A.A.S in Paralegal Studies, With Highest Distinction (ABA Approved Program); a B.A. in Justice Studies Administration, Summa Cum Laude; and a M.A. in Human Resources Management, Summa Cum Laude. Because of my diverse skills, knowledge, experience, education and insight into the Paralegal Profession, I have become a Paralegal Career Coach to help and inspire others in this dynamic and exciting career field to fulfill their professional goals and objectives. I am located in Phoenix, Arizona and I have substantial knowledge and insight to that local job market. However, since my Coaching Sessions are telephonic, I can provide career coaching services and information on finding local jobs to individuals throughout the country to pursure their legal career goals. I have a diverse background as a paralegal, educator, legal technology consultant, and courtroom technology specialist, and would like to provide coaching services to you so that you can pursue your dream job in the legal field.