Family Law Attorney Resume Samples
Family Law Attorneys represent clients on issues relating to divorce, such as division of marital property, custody, child support, and alimony. Skills listed on sample resumes for Family Law Attorneys include drafting divorce petitions, defending depositions, attending custody and paternity suit hearings, and interpreting the Family Medical Leave Act provisions applicable to clients in the adoption process. Family Law Attorneys display Juris Doctor degrees on their resumes after the successful completion of law school and the passing of the bar exam.
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Family Law Attorney
Met with potential clients to consult regarding needs and develop trust to establish a professional relationship evidenced by contract of representation at consultation
- case assessment and strategic planning while communicating with clients and documenting all time dedicated to case
- Performed legal research, drafted legal documents, and prepared court filings
- education on recent court cases, laws, local rules and regulations
- Represented clients in family law court and/or civil matters
- Represented clients in complex mediation of contested divorces to successfully negotiate settlement
- Reviewed and assessed all assets and liabilities of client to develop worksheet for use in settlement and/or trial
- Reviewed expenses and income of client and opposing client for use in settlement and/or trial
- Administrated client files and relationship building while providing following legal services:
Civil and Family Law Attorney
- Negotiated settlements and communicated progress up to and including settlement.
- Conducted case management procedures, including discovery and depositions.
- Counseled clients on matters pertaining to professional liability.
Family Law Attorney
Draft petitions, pleadings, client letters, marital agreements, and all associated forms.
- Manage about 30 family law matters at any one time.
- Primary contact between current clients and senior attorney.
- Responsible for client lists, client intake, and case management.
Paralegal to Family Law Attorney
Set appointments; interview clients; educate clients regarding the procedure and process of their particular suit; open and set-up files; prepare and draft initial pleadings, discovery, and motions and orders; organize and maintain file and pleading binders; summarize depositions; schedule hearings, depositions, mediations, and trials; brief clients prior to hearings; attend hearings when necessary.
- Liaison between attorney and client, court and opposing counsel, and service providers.
- Coordinate and contract professional services: court reporters and/or videographers, private process servers, private investigators, polygraphers, and expert witnesses; interview and gather information from witnesses.
- Document all time and expenses for court costs, filing fees, postage, copies, couriers and overnight express services, and all out-of-pocket expenses for all clients.
- Coordinate and contract maintenance for office equipment; purchase office supplies and miscellaneous inventory.
- Prepare client billing for entire firm.
Social Security Disability Claims Attorney/criminal Law Attorney/family Law Attorney
- Drafted motions in all areas of the above-referenced law; attended numerous hearings and Pre-Trial Conferences; argued motions before the Family Courts; met with criminal clients in local jails, detention centers and court lockups.
- Responsible for all aspects of marketing and company promotion.
- Established and operated a PLC as the sole proprietor.
Family Law Attorney
Family law attorney representing clients in divorce and child custody.
- Draft and file simple and complex petitions for divorce and parenting plans, Motions for
- Represent clients in hearings for Temporary Orders and Motions for Order to Show Cause.
- Draft and execute basic estate planning documents including power of attorneys and health
- Volunteer as pro-bono attorney at Utah Legal Services.
Mary K. Quinn Family Law Attorney
Part time Receptionist/Paralegal assistant
- Helped with paralegal overflow work
- Answered phones
- Kept and created files and other administrative functions
- Filed legal documents with the court,
- Assisted paralegals with the litigation process
- Scanned documents
Legal Assistant of A Family Law Attorney
Draft and edit correspondence to judges, court clerks and lawyers.
- Consult and update clients on the details of their personal cases.
- Organize, validate and update all case files.
- Conduct extensive case law research and create reports for this legal firm.
- Handle all financial activities and ensure the accounts remain organized, valid and up to date.
Volunteer Family Law Attorney
Review client intake agreement with clients.
- Prepare legal forms by working with client in divorce and other family law matters.
- Advise clients regarding legal rights in matters pertaining to divorce.
- Utilize I-CAN! and Smartforms to electronically file legal forms.
- Prepare Fee Waiver on behalf of client.
- Attend case review with volunteer judges regarding cases.
- Review upcoming cases for supervising attorney to find potential issues.
- Organize client files and wrote case notes for work done on case.
Sole Proprietor Family Law Attorney
Independent Project Contract Work (Accounting & Auditing)
- Implement new internal control systems.
- Constructed QuickBooks procedures based on company needs.
- Reconstructed and balanced Trust Accounts and company ledgers utilizing Excel
- Data cleansing accounting database and streamlining internal control processes.
- Assist in Human Resource initiatives
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Cover Letter Tips
Like the resume, the cover letter is a sample of your written work and should be brief (preferably one page), persuasive, well reasoned, and grammatically perfect. Before crafting your cover letters, review the following tips.
A good cover letter
- Tells the employer who you are and what you are seeking;
- Shows that you know about the particular employer and the kind of work the employer does (i.e., civil or criminal work, direct client service, “impact” cases, antitrust litigation);
- Demonstrates your writing skills;
- Demonstrates your commitment to the work of that particular employer;
- Conveys that you have something to contribute to the employer;
- Shows that you and that employer are a good “fit;” and
- Tells the employer how to get in touch with you by email, telephone, and mail.
Hiring attorneys and recruiting administrators use cover letters to
- Eliminate applicants whose letters contain misspellings (especially of the firm name and the name of the contact person) or other errors;
- Eliminate applicants whose letters show a lack of research, knowledge about, or interest in the employer’s work;
- Eliminate applicants who are unable to exhibit the value they will bring to the employer; and
- See if there are geographic ties or other information to explain the applicant’s interest in that city or employer.
Cover Letter Format
Your current address should be aligned with the center of the page or the left margin. Under your address you should include a telephone number where you can most easily be reached (i.e., your cell phone) and email address. The date is included under that contact information.
Determine to whom you should address the cover letter. If you are applying to law firms, address your letter to the recruiting director, unless you have reason to do otherwise—for example, if you have been instructed to address the letter to a particular attorney at the firm. For NALP member firms, use www.nalpdirectory.com to obtain that contact information. For other firms and public interest employers, you can refer to their websites, or contact the office to determine to whom your materials should be directed. The name of the person to whom the letter is addressed, his or her title, the employer’s name, and address follow the date and are aligned with the left margin. If writing to an attorney, include Esq. after the person’s name. The greeting appears two lines below the employer’s address and should be “Dear Mr.,” “Dear Ms.,” or “Dear Judge.” Avoid addressing your letter generally, such as Dear Sir or Madam; instead take the time to find the contact person and address the letter to that individual.
The body of the cover letter ought to be single-spaced with a line between each paragraph. The closing of the letter (“Sincerely” and your signature) should be two lines below the last line of the letter and either in the center of the page or aligned with the left margin, consistent with how you set up the top of your letter.
Cover Letter Body
Although there are many ways to write a cover letter, the following general format has worked well for candidates in the past.
- In the first paragraph of your cover letter, explain why you are sending your application to the employer: “I am an experienced attorney admitted in New York and am seeking a position with the Trusts and Estates practice group at your organization.” Mention your education background very briefly. In addition, if you have been referred by a mutual contact, you should mention that contact in the first paragraph.
- Use the second paragraph to explain your interest in the employer, including your interest in the employer’s geographic location, reputation, specialty area, or public service.
- In the third paragraph, stress why this employer should hire you. Try not to reiterate what is already included on your resume. Elaborate on the qualifications and experience you have that make you an exceptional attorney. As a lateral candidate it is particularly important to show the value you will bring to the organization.
- The final paragraph should thank the employer for taking the time to review your application and inform the employer of how you can be reached to set up an interview. You may wish to state that you will contact the employer in a couple of weeks to follow up and then actually do so. This is especially true with public interest employers who are often understaffed and will appreciate your extra effort.
For additional general cover letter advice, consult CDO's Introduction to Career Development. You are welcome to schedule an appointment with a CDO counselor to review and discuss your cover letter draft.