While lawyers often take the spotlight in trying cases, we know our success depends a great deal on the hard-working employees who support our efforts. Legal assistants, paralegals, investigators, nurses, graphic artists – a team of talented folks – work hard in case preparation and during trials to help us to best represent our clients. At Beasley Allen, our people truly make the difference. In fact, they are our most important resource.
We have a diverse staff of more than 80 lawyers licensed to practice law in 19 states. We also have developed relationships with lawyers who work with us in every other state. This allows us to handle cases anywhere in the country. In addition, we have more than 250 support staff in a variety of positions that greatly enhance our ability to practice law. Our support staff includes a team of investigators, full-time nurses, expert computer specialists, paralegals and experienced legal secretaries and assistants.
In our firm, we operate a comprehensive in-house trial presentation department that includes capabilities for 3D graphic renderings. Our in-house graphic artists work with our lawyers and support staff to create medical illustrations, accident diagrams and various other visual aids to use during trials. They perform video editing and prepare deposition testimony to be played during trial. They prepare digital copies of the trial exhibits and use the latest trial presentation software to present those to the jury. Being a full-service technology team, members of our support staff travel to our trial locations and fully wire courtrooms and war rooms with the very latest in audio visual equipment. Working closely with our lawyers, witnesses and experts, they bring the evidence to life in the courtroom.
An investigator is the primary member of our law firm whose job is to gather the initial facts of a case. They are instrumental in helping us understand what actually happened by physically visiting the site of the accident and examining the vehicles or other machinery that was involved in our client’s injury. They also collect and preserve evidence we may need to use during the course of a trial. A properly conducted accident investigation provides important, detailed information about the scene and other aspects relating to the accident. It allows us to form our own views of what might have caused the accident or come up with another explanation of how the accident happened.
We are blessed to have registered nurses employed by the firm. Our Mass Tort Section handles cases involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Nurses provide critical insight into the information our clients give us about how these drugs and devices have impacted their health and their lives. Our nurses are responsible for researching drug side effects; collecting, organizing and reviewing medical records and other relevant health care or legal documents; summarizing and analyzing the information in medical records; and preparing reports of reviewed material. This gives us invaluable information that is key to developing our case.
Our paralegals and support staff work hard to help us manage the volumes of information we need in preparing our cases and getting them ready for trial. Oftentimes, this work will span years of work. Prior to trial, these dedicated folks help make sure all deadlines in the applicable Scheduling Order are met. They prepare witness and exhibit lists, collect exhibits, print and organize exhibits and make sure they are all properly labeled. They also help prepare witness subpoenas and jury instructions, and make sure our clients and key witnesses have copies of their depositions to read and review. They also obtain the jury list and research and collect information about potential jurors.
As we get closer to trial, the support staff members assigned to the case are also responsible for things like preparing witness-specific binders and boxes with deposition clips and exhibits so lawyers can easily access the information they need. Additionally, they make sure the court reporter can provide daily transcripts of the trial, if needed. They also reserve equipment that we will need to use at trial such as laptops and printers.
During a trial, these folks keep things running smoothly, making sure witnesses have travel arrangements and where and when they need to be for preparation and at the Courthouse. They organize our exhibits for use each day, and assist the lawyers in preparing witnesses for the next day. The support staff handles a huge amount of information and they help us achieve good outcomes in our clients’ cases.
The lawyers stand out front and center, before a judge and jury, and sometimes on television or in the papers. But we couldn’t do what we do without so many dedicated folks who support us every step of the way. A lot of our employees have been with us for a very long time. I can say without hesitation that they share our enthusiasm for our work, and they believe in our cause. They help us to accomplish our larger goal, which is to secure justice for those who are wronged. We appreciate all that our support staff do and felt that it might be good to let our readers know.
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