As the owner of Midwest Paralegal, I coordinate the assignments and continue the marketing process," Olley said. "I also continue to work in the 'field' when necessary. I am a certified trainer in Summation [litigation-support software] and provide consultation and training services focusing on that product."
Olley first noticed a need for contract paralegal services
after she was approached by a firm she had worked for in the past to help out on a large case. Because she felt the project would interfere with the work she was doing at the time, she declined; nevertheless, the situation got her thinking.
She originally started Midwest Paralegal with Claudia Resnick, but she became the sole owner after Resnick sold her half of the business to Olley in 1996. Olley's employees arrange their work hours with her and can choose to work part-time or full-time.
"[I enjoy] the coordination of so many different facets of owning a business," she said. "Not only is there the staffing and marketing and account balances, but [there is also] the continued paralegal work of meeting with clients and helping them work through the best, most cost-efficient way of handling a case
. I have enjoyed learning all the computer-based tools that are now available for attorneys. I enjoy training in Summation and getting people to automate an otherwise manual process."
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