Patti Birdsall, litigation paralegal at VB Attorneys in Houston, Texas is this year’s recipient of the Advocate Capital, Inc. / American Association for Justice (AAJ) Paralegal of the Year Award. Birdsall was nominated by Attorney Brian Beckcom, a founding partner at the firm. Beckcom says, “In the six years she’s been at VB Attorneys, Patti has helped over a dozen people not only learn to do their jobs but become as passionate about their jobs as she is. Her passion is infectious. Her passion is our office culture.”
As a litigation paralegal at VB Attorneys, Birdsall researches and uncovers evidence in cases, builds relationships with clients, and mentors other staff around the office. Attorney Beckcom says, “This is not a job to Patti... She’s taken first year associates on discovery field trips, taught best practices to new paralegals at the firm, helped legal assistants make the transition to paralegal, and detected crucial evidence in several cases.”
Birdsall also helps the firm by following legal news, serving in several national law organizations on product liability, and attending conferences to ensure she is informed on the latest research and litigation practices to get clients the best results. In addition to her role at VB Attorneys, Birdsall is very involved in her community. She actively volunteers at the Houston Food Bank and rehabilitation centers like “Project Walk.”
To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates must have demonstrated their value as members of a legal services team, shown dedication to the legal profession, and shown dedication to AAJ’s mission. Birdsall was selected from numerous entrants by the AAJ Paralegal of the Year Committee. In addition to a beautifully engraved award trophy, she will receive free airfare, hotel and conference registration for the AAJ Annual Convention July 22-25th, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.
“We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with AAJ on this important award. Paralegals are a key component to any successful law firm. We hope that this award will help draw attention to the important work that they do in our Nation’s civil justice system,” commented Advocate Capital, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Swanson.
Advocate Capital, Inc. is the premier provider of strategic financial products and accounting services for successful trial law firms nationwide. It has served the plaintiff bar for more than 17 years from its headquarters in Nashville, TN and now enjoys a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit www.AdvocateCapital.com.