Paralegal: Paralegal and Office Manager, The Baldwin Law Group
Shana Baldwin has worked with the same practice group as it has moved from firm to firm since she became a paralegal almost 18 years ago.
With a firm grasp of exhibits and records and a shrewd sense of what her team will need to win the case, Baldwin said she “earned my place at the counsel table at trial.”
“We have won every trial that I have assisted with except for one case which we inherited that had previously been tried and from which we were bound to the evidence,” she said.
What led you to choose a career in the legal field?
When I was 13, my parents were getting divorced, and I ended up accompanying them to an appointment with their divorce lawyer. It was a tiny office and there was a woman who knew everything about their case, was very professional, and appeared to be running the show — at least until it was time to go in and see the attorney. She was the attorney’s paralegal, and for some reason this stuck with me. It seemed like something that I would really enjoy doing and could excel at.
What is the best part of your job?
Probably going to trial, but along with that comes defending doctors and lawyers and really getting to know them as people and seeing how the litigation process affects them. It often seems that these professionals typically get unfairly stereotyped as being cold, uncaring and all about the money. I really enjoy being able to guide them through the process during what is usually a very stressful and not-so-pleasant time period in their careers and their lives.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I have a rare condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I am one of four people who run the largest international online support group for this condition to help others get properly diagnosed, to support others during treatment and to spread awareness. I even have the honor of having my photo featured in the most recent edition of the only dedicated textbook for this condition.