Paralegal: Paralegal manager, Sandberg Phoenix
Bob Crowe leads and manages a team of 30- plus paralegals in cooperation with a firm partner, and serves as their senior mentor. He also maintains a role as a paralegal for approximately 100 open matters in health law and product liability litigation.
Crowe says his wife suggested he consider becoming a paralegal.
“I was casting about for a second career path that offered opportunity and security, and the more I looked into it, the more appeal it held,” he said.
Crowe has gone from an internship with no chance of a job offer in 2004 to the 2010 Paralegal of the Year from the St. Louis Paralegal Association. He now leads a team of more than 30 highly-skilled, very motivated paralegals at one of the top law firms in the region.
What is the best part of your job? Without question, it’s being part of a team of incredibly bright, motivated people who work hard every day to provide great service to our clients. I’m grateful that I get to work with such outstanding people, at every level and in every role in our firm.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? Truth be told, at this point in my career, I’m in a better position to offer it. I think you can’t overestimate the value of being light on your feet…that is, adaptable to change. Don’t assume the professional circumstances in which you find yourself today will be the same a month or a year from now, much less a decade from now. Keep learning, keep networking, and keep an open mind.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I spent more than 25 years working in the printing industry, most as a union craftsman. My paralegal career
started 18 years ago with a three-week internship at Sandberg Phoenix.