Paralegal: Paralegal and Office Manager, The Baldwin Law Group
Shana Baldwin has worked with the same practice group that has gone from firm to firm since becoming a paralegal almost 18 years ago.
With a solid grasp of the exhibits and files and a keen sense of what her team will need to win the case, Baldwin said she “earned my place at the legal table at trial.”
“We have won every trial that I have attended, except for one case we inherited which had already been tried and which we were bound by the evidence,” she said.
What made you choose a career in the legal field?
When I was 13, my parents were divorcing and I ended up accompanying them to a meeting with their divorce lawyer. It was a small office and there was a woman who knew all about their stuff, was very professional, and seemed to be running the show – at least until it was time to come in and see the lawyer. She was the lawyer’s paralegal, and for some reason that stuck with me. It seemed like something I would really love to do and be good at.
What is the best part of your job?
Probably going to trial, but with that comes standing up for doctors and lawyers and really getting to know them as people and how the litigation process affects them. It often seems that these professionals are generally unfairly stereotyped as cold, indifferent, and money-oriented. I really like being able to guide them through the process during what is usually a very stressful and not so pleasant time in their career and life.
What would surprise people about you?
I have a rare condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. I am one of four people who lead the largest international online support group for this disease to help others be properly diagnosed, to support others during treatment, and to raise awareness. I even have the honor to include my photo in the most recent edition of the only manual dedicated to this condition.
Unsung legal heroes 2021