Donna Harms

Donna HarmsLegal Administrative Assistant - Assistant - Uline, IncLake Villa, IL
-Work ExperienceLegal Administrative Assistant - Assistant
Uline, Inc-July 2010 to Present
to two corporate attorneys and one paralegal by arranging meetings, travel, answering phones, typing court documents and correspondences. Duties/accomplishments include but are not limited to:
• copyright and trademark registrations;
• contract review and management;
• vendor/customer certificates of insurance and follow up;
• infringements and tracking;
• outside counsel billing;
• update the databases;
• run miscellaneous reports;
• developed and implemented a new filing system for the department;
• implemented dashboard reporting for all legal personnel.

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Senior Paralegal
Robert Half Temporary Legal Services-February 2010 to July 2010
responsible for all international (Canada, Africa, South America and Europe) product registrations, copyright and trademark registrations and infringements along with nine others who performed miscellaneous duties as outside legal service for Chicago based hair care product company.

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Abbott Laboratories - Sr. Contract Paralegal
Collaborative, LLC Temporary Agency-November 2009 to January 2010
Project Paralegal - review corporate policies and procedures to assure that the company is in compliance with international, federal and state guidelines. Advised upper management of discrepancies and made recommendations for correction to bring policies in line with current requirements.

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Paralegal - Acquisition Paralegal for Real Estate Investment Trust
Realty Income Corporation-July 2006 to November 2008
REIT") responsible for due diligence and management of bulk commercial sale-leaseback transactions. Duties include but not limited to:
• order and review title documents;
• ALTA surveys;
• Phase I and Phase II environmental reports;
• commercial property and liability insurance reports;
• collect and maintain property condition reports from the sellers;
• manage AIA development projects for new construction;
• review proposal contracts from generals and subs (including the development of budgets and funding of their disbursements);
• contract review, administration and monitoring that included in and out service agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure (SNDA) agreements, license agreements and estoppel certificates; and • worked with City and County officials throughout the U.S. to complete the necessary taking and condemnations of property in our 2500+ portfolio.
Paralegal - General Paralegal
Accredited Home Lenders, Inc-January 2005 to July 2006
for sub-prime mortgage lender. Duties include but not limited to:
• the production and distribution of documents as they related to subpoenas and complaints filed through the EEOC, DLSE and DFEH and the responses to such requests;
• contract review, administration and monitoring that included in and out service agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure (SNDA) agreements, license agreements and estoppel certificates;
• administration of litigation cases including:
o set up docket calendars;
o monitoring and follow up;
o responding to subpoenas, discovery requests, employment issues and wage garnishments;
• set-up and administration of the Political Action Committee (PAC) including the companies compliance with all FEC rules and regulations;
• corporate work included:
o organize and assist in the preparation of the Annual Meetings (including proxies, ballots and annual reports) and the Board of Director and Committee meetings;
o set up and maintain all of the entities and their corporate minutes and minute books;
o draft resolutions;
o assist in the preparation of SEC documentation (i.e. Forms 3, 4, 5, 8K, 10Q, 10K, 13D and 13G); and o maintain Executive and Director records for stock, compensation, D&O and other corporate matters.
Legal Assistant/Paralegal - General Paralegal
Abbott Laboratories/Hospira, Inc-May 1999 to January 2005
for pharmaceutical company. Duties include but not limited to:
• assist in the preparation of SEC documents (i.e. Forms 3, 4, 5, 8K, 10Q, 10K, 13D and 13G);
• assist in the preparation of the annual shareholders meeting (annual reports, proxy statements, proxy cards, etc.);
• worked with the Litigation and Human Resources attorneys to answer subpoenas, discovery and investigation requests, manage and docket the litigation case files, coordinate depositions; assist with expert and witness interviews;
• contract review, administration and monitoring that included in and out service agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure (SNDA) agreements, license agreements and estoppel certificates;
• Benefit Plan administration (ERISA regulations);
• review court documents as they pertained to stock, stock options, annuities and the life event changes;
• prepare and administer documents necessary for QDRO, QMCSO and NMCSO administration; and • review and administered wage assignments, garnishments, verifications of employment, payroll and insurance benefits according to HIPAA.
EducationCertificate in ABA accredited paralegal studies
William Rainey Harper College - Palatine, IL1998 to 2002
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI1995 to 1998
Additional InformationADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Active Illinois and Wisconsin Notary; Illinois Accredited Paralegal ("ILPA"); National Federation of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA"); Wisconsin Paralegal Association ("WIPA"); Illinois Paralegal Association ("IPA") and Administrative Professionals Association ("APA"). Highly proficient in each of the following software programs: Windows Vista, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint (Microsoft 97 thru current), Lotus Notes, CSC, CT Corp, CTAdvantage and eSecretariat (software program used in to manage litigation cases), SEC website, Findlaw legal internet research, Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis legal research, Cleric, Documentum and Alchemy (document management programs) and Corel WordPerfect.

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Hello Donna,

Are you still seeking a position with a law firm?  I have a client in the Chicago area who needs a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal.  Is that something you would be interested in?  If so, please contact me at your earliest convenience at 816-674-0928 or [email protected].

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