“I am David Settino Scott. Before earning an associate degree in paralegal studies, I gained valuable experience working in the construction, culinary, and hospitality industries. I am a self-motivated individual with outstanding research skills. I am a licensed paraglider pilot and I also earned a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate; I taught martial arts for approximately 4 years. I chose to study law because I am passionate about protecting the rights of the individual against the power of the state.”
David Scott has strong computer skills and an uncanny ability to master any software programs quickly and thoroughly. He has advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker, and Outlook. He is able to use both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, and has experience with WordPerfect, E-Filing, Time Slips, Phone Slips, Tabs, OneNote, LiveNote, and Access. He taught himself how to understand and utilize HTML and CSS coding for internet publishing, and has become an accomplished webmaster and videographer.
David Scott earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies at the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spends a good deal of his free time educating his self in a wide variety of subjects. He completed an internship with Douglas Brenner, J.D.
This outstanding and dynamic individual has skills that far outreach his education. David Scott usually finds more efficient ways of getting things done, and specializes in identifying and solving problems and streamlining administrative procedures. Combined, his education, self-motivation and wide range of practical life experience give him the ability to outperform many people with superior educations. His loyalty and conscientious work ethic make him an ideal employee for any employer.
Mobile: (505) 570-9460
OBJECTIVE: To build a reputation of excellence in the legal community while administering the office of Paralegal/Legal Assistant.
Paralegal Certificate, Advanced knowledge of: MS Office Suite, Outlook, PowerPoint, TrialDirector, Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker; Windows, Ubuntu and Macintosh operating systems. Experience with: WordPerfect, E-Filing, Access, Case Manager Pro, ACT!, Time Slips, Phone Slips, Tabs, QuickBooks, OneNote, LiveNote; HTML and CSS internet coding; and use of most office equipment.
Experience in corporate administration, purchasing, sales, advertising, inventory, and all other operating duties, as CEO for a retail outlet in Santa Fe, NM, Experience in web-design/website maintenance
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, GPA: 3.62
07/11-Present Self Employed—Owner, Chimayo Chile Brothers, LLC
Develop, maintain, own, and operate ecommerce website; Design, market, and maintain websites for small businesses.
5/11-7/12 Temporary Legal Assistant—Excel Staffing, Santa Fe, NM
Initial case analysis in mass product liability tort litigation; work with clients to prepare discovery answers; keep clients and attorneys informed on case status; trial preparation; document management utilizing Trial Director; trial and deposition preparation; medical record analysis; bates numbering.
8/10-11/10 Collections Specialist—Baseline Financial Services, San Jose, CA
Assure company compliance with Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Review of credit applications and other loan documents for information in order to locate debtors; obtain and analyze mortgage instruments and credit reports; keep digital records for collections activities.
4/10-8/10 Temporary Legal Assistant—Robert Half Legal, San Francisco, CA
Review of Bankruptcy Court records with specific attention to the identification of specific keywords for use in creating Access queries for automated database management in bankruptcy cases.
01/08-01/09 Paralegal—American Mortgage Law Group, Novato, CA
Perform initial forensic case review and analysis in mortgage related collections activities; conduct investigations of individuals, companies, and properties related to mortgage and real estate transactions; obtain and preserve evidence for mortgage-fraud related claims and litigation; prepare demand letters and other correspondence in loss mitigation and recovery efforts; perform legal research utilizing Westlaw, PACER and other online resources; communicate with attorneys and clients in order to keep them apprised of case status; categorize and index discovery documents and pleadings; write case summary and closing memoranda.
10/07-12/07 Claims Administrator—Nelson and Associates, San Rafael, CA Receive incoming claims in class-action settlements; screen such claims for objections to settlements and requests for exclusion; digitally and manually preserve evidence for claims and prepare for attorney review; assist with the training and supervision of new personnel for all of the above-mentioned duties.
01/07-09/07 Law Clerk—Brayton Purcell, Novato, CA
Propound interrogatories, requests for production of documents in complex asbestos litigation and track the status of the same; receive and analyze court-ordered interrogatory responses for adequacy and correspond and confer with opposing counsel regarding the substance of those responses; prepare Motions to Compel Further Responses to Interrogatories and ex parte Applications for Orders to Show Cause re: Contempt for discovery violations in San Francisco Superior Court; maintain digital and hard-copy files for discovery-related documents and correspondence.
04/05-01/06 Contract Paralegal—County Commissioner, Paul Campos, J.D. and Attorneys Thomas M. Clark, Patrick A. Casey, Thomas Stribling, and Jay Goodman, Santa Fe, NM
Process filings with City, State, and Federal courts; screen prospective clients and keep thorough intake notes; compose and produce letters of demand and prepare demand packages; draft and administer the service of pleadings and summonses; work with clients to answer interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admissions; perform in-depth legal research and analysis; maintain client files, obtain medical records, produce medical records and billing summaries, and perform case-file coordination; locate and copy pleadings and motions from court files; identify and index documents in complex cases; correspond with all parties to litigation and file letters accordingly; proof and format documents for final drafts; maintain contacts with clients in order to keep them apprised of their case-status and obtain evidence.
11/05-01/06 Paralegal—Rubin Katz Law Firm, PC, Santa Fe, NM
Take dictation and prepare marital settlement and custody/visitation agreements in divorce proceedings; proof and format documents for final drafts; draft and administer the service of pleadings and summonses; locate and copy pleadings and motions from court files; maintain contact with clients to facilitate divorce proceedings and keep them apprised of their case-status; maintain client files and perform case-file coordination.
Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals
Noon Toastmasters of Santa Rosa
Marin Museum of the American Indian: Provided administrative and computer support services.
Community Action Marin: Monitor sweepstakes drawings for give-aways of two-million dollar dream homes; provided photography and videographer services in San Rafael, California.
An avid bicyclist, paraglider pilot, and a 2nd degree black belt. Loves web-design, camping, hiking, fencing, and Frisbee. Has traveled to Europe, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Alaska.