Maggie Jernigan is one of the Richardson Bloom & Lines paralegals. We caught up with her in the office to ask her some questions.
When did you join the firm?
After being recommended through a mutual colleague and one hell of an entertaining interview, Dan invited me to join the firm in the summer of 2010. It was (is!) my first paralegal position since receiving my paralegal certificate from Emory University’s Paralegal Certificate Program in 2009. You could say that Dan and I had an immediate meeting-of-the-minds and appreciation of each other’s sense of humor. I was, and still am, dazzled by his snappy attire and legal acumen. Dan also has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve met.
What is your role at RBL?
My main role is to support the attorneys in every way possible, from maintaining schedules, court calendars and deadlines to client and case file management. Drafting initial versions of correspondence and pleadings for the attorneys to review saves our clients money and keeps the attorneys at their most efficient. Organization is key, as is an understanding that our clients are going through one of the hardest times of their lives.
What do you like most about being a paralegal at RBL?
I most enjoy the varying scenarios domestic law presents. Every family is different, in a different situation, and with different needs. We are continually challenged to advocate and advise our clients through all these vastly differing sets of circumstances. It keeps the daily routines interesting and encourages us all to keep learning and growing. Also, I feel so lucky to be at this firm with these particular attorneys and staff.
What would surprise most people about RBL?
I think people would be surprised how casual and jovial (most of the time) our particular office has as opposed to more traditional firms. No one accuses RBL of being “stuffy.”
What do you do when you are not working?
I have a 75 pound boxer mix and a 5 pound Chihuahua mix, both rescues that I contend with at home along with two cats. It’s a bit of a zoo. I love living in East Atlanta Village, walking to the restaurants and shops. I am a volunteer at this year’s East Atlanta Strut (our neighborhood festival). I love cycling when the weather is not too hot. Next up: paddle boarding lessons at Stone Mountain.
Anything else you would like to say?
My favorite novel is Moby Dick. My favorite authors are George Eliot and Shakespeare (yes, I know). My favorite films are science fiction/fantasy from the 80’s such as Bladerunner, Dune, Alien, Aliens, Legend, Big Trouble in Little China, and of course the original Star Wars and Indian Jones trilogies.