IndyBar News

July 16, 2014

Talking Points With the Top Paralegal

Jodie Bergeron of Cohen & Malad LLP is the IndyBar Paralegal of the Year. This award recognizes a paralegal who is the best of the best at what they do, and Ms. Bergeron exemplifies just that. We spent some time asking her just what it takes to be great and learning more about her.

Read our interview below to get to know more about Ms. Bergeron and to get some tips straight from the top.

What is the best part about your job?
I honestly enjoy coming to work every day and working with such wonderful people.  My co-workers are some of the most skilled and pleasant people I have ever known.  Our office consists of several separate departments who all work together.  It is truly a family. 

What are some of the things you've experienced that have impacted your career the most?
As a litigation paralegal, I really enjoy the excitement of trial.  I enjoy being in the middle of trial preparation and part of the trial team.   This has helped me to develop strong interpersonal skills and become a well-rounded paralegal. 

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice starting out, what would it be?
Get involved!  One of the best things I have done in my career is to become an active member of professional organizations.  Networking and meeting people has helped to broaden my resources and I have developed many personal relationships through professional organizations. 

How has your commitment to community service played into your career?
I think that being involved in community service projects and events has made me a more well-rounded paralegal.  I really enjoy speaking to paralegal students about our field and how we can make a difference. 

In your opinion, what makes a paralegal great at what they do?
I think that being a great paralegal starts with a great attitude.  I believe you get from it what you put into it.  Taking on a task with the determination to do it the best it can be done is essential and also results in success.  Loving what you do is most important.   

What are some of the most important traits for a paralegal to have to be successful and why?
I work with several attorneys who all have different styles, preferences and practices.  Being organized and able to cater to each of their needs in a way that suits them individually is important.  Organization, communication skills and desire are also very important. 

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Don't forget to join us on August 14 to honor Bergeron and others at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon. Register for the event here!