Number of Years as a Member of the WCBA and contributions: Three years, Co-chair of the Paralegal Committee.
My current job: I am currently an insurance defense paralegal at Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP, in White Plains. I work with Glenn Monk, Esq., Melissa Cintron, Esq., Dawn Foster, Esq. and Matthew Bremner, Esq. I primarily work on construction and labor law accident cases.
What does the Paralegal Committee strive to do: We have approximately 40 members and help paralegals enhance their legal and networking skills. Our members have taken a guided tour of the state courthouse with Hon. Joan Lefkowitz and Nancy J. Barry, Esq., Chief Clerk. We work with other committees in creating programs like WestLaw Training and have co-hosted networking events. My co-chair, Julianne Lopez, of Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw P.C., and I welcome any program ideas for future events.
Why did you decide to become a paralegal: I knew that I always wanted to work in the legal field, but law school was not in the cards for me after college. I obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies and it has been a great fit for me. I love the legal team I am a part of.
If I were not in my current job, I would be: Doing something related to international studies. I follow world events closely and enjoy a lively discussion on emerging global issues like Brexit. I have traveled all over Europe and love to marvel at its vast history.
People may be surprised to learn: I do Olympic-style weight lifting and have run the New York City Half Marathon. I used to do CrossFit as well.
What I splurge on: Shoes!
The best time of my day is: Early morning runs in Manor Park, Larchmont.
Favorite movie: The Blind Side.
Favorite television shows: I am a huge fan of The West Wing. As a guilty pleasure, I enjoy Gilmore Girls and House of Cards.
Favorite meal: Dinner. My favorite dish is Eggplant Parm.
Favorite Books: This is hard because I am an avid reader. One of my favorites is the Harry Potter series—I recently finished the new Harry Potter play that just started its run on the West End in London. I also enjoyed reading The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—it is a fascinating read about the creation of New York City’s infrastructure. One of my other favorites is In the Heart of the Sea which is a true story—its historical events inspired the Moby Dick mythology.
My favorite vacation spots: Anywhere that there is a beach! I grew up going to the Jersey Shore. I recently went to Montauk for the first time.
Three things I can’t live without: A good book (not a tablet—I love the feeling of holding a book in my hands), my family and friends.
One of my favorite things to do in Westchester: Going to Croton Point to watch the bald eagles, Rockefeller State Park and running in Manor Park in Larchmont. For food, one of my go -to places is Chat 19 in Larchmont.
Best advice I ever got: My parents told me never to give up and push through every challenge. In my weightlifting program, I was recently stuck on increasing the amount of weight I could lift. I pushed hard and obtained a personal best record.
Last time I was out of my comfort zone: When I went skydiving in upstate New York. It was so exciting but so nerve wracking!
One of my future ambitions is to: Run the New York City marathon (or a destination marathon in Nashville or Disney) and to do the mini-triathlon in Rye.
One of my highlights as a member of the WCBA: I’ve met so many great people that I would never have met without being a member. It has been personally and professionally rewarding.