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- Cañada College Paralegal Program (1993)
- Santa Clara University Paralegal Program (1997)
Get to Know Margene:
What is your favorite part of working in a law firm?
Interacting with people of different educations, careers, and backgrounds, and assisting the attorneys to help guide clients through a difficult time in their lives. I enjoy the variations in the work that is done daily, and the opportunity to be creative by writing legal documents and correspondence and collaborating with co-workers to achieve the highest result for our clients.
What part of the legal process are you most passionate about? Why?
The laws and how the past and present are applied to make the laws, and the structure. I am all about structure and organization.
What drew you to the legal profession?
Early on I wanted to be a meter maid and drive a 3-wheel Harley Davidson in San Francisco. My father was an SF Police Officer and forbid me to work in the Police Dept. My mother’s 1950’s philosophy was “if you can type, you can take care of yourself,” so I undertook a legal secretary career.
Is there a specific story, anecdote or person that influenced you to work in the legal profession?
When Paralegal positions were first being created, I was working as a legal secretary and was given the assignment to write up an ad to put in the paper to hire a Paralegal, and working with the attorney who was my employer at the time to come up with what the job description would be, we decided that I should begin my Paralegal career that day, and I enrolled in classes and became the first Paralegal at that firm and others to follow.
What aspects of your job do you most value?
The knowledge I have attained from my education and experience to be able to work on matters of all different types and to have variety in my daily tasks, and the feeling that I have contributed to either the office scenario or to a person’s situation.
Outside of the office, what are you passionate about/involved in?
I formerly was highly involved in my children’s activities. I was the manager of my daughter’s softball team for years, and I was on the School Board of my children’s school for 2 years. Currently, I enjoy cooking, gardening, trying to train my puppy (and failing wildly), taking long walks with my German Shepherd and Beagle, beating my son at Wii bowling, and playing online and other games with friends and family.
What are your favorite sports teams?
The usuals, 49ers, Raiders, Giants & Warriors.
What are your favorite places to grab a meal in your community?
Della Santina’s, Swiss Hotel, Picazo Café & Mary’s.
Are you married? Do you have children? Grandchildren? If so, what are their ages?
Married, but separated; 2 adult children (boy & girl) and no grandchildren
What is your favorite book? TV show? Movie?
- TV shows: Flea Bag, Ozark, Modern Family, Chicago PD
- Movies: The Family Stone and Mrs. Doubtfire, I guess, because it seems whenever I happen to catch them on, I sit and watch the whole movie all over again.
What else should people know about you?
I have learned about all kinds of things and business through my legal career from working closely with a vast range of individuals with unique personalities, experts knowledgeable in many different areas, and learning from excellent professionals throughout my career. The variations have extreme – from mostly high-wealth cases to the occasional pro bono case.
What should people know about the firm?
It is not your typical firm. It probably has more of the latest in technology and knowledge of the latest technology in the North Bay than any other firm; and Lindsay invests in the attorneys and staff learning the technology and using it to its fullest potential. The attorneys and staff are relatable, friendly, and genuinely care about the clients’ experience with the firm, and about building excellent relationships with the clients and each other.