(Sarasota, FL) Grossman Roth and Partridge, part of Grossman, Roth, PA, a leading Southwest Florida trial law firm, announced that Amy J. Schaffer, ACP, FRP, received the National Association of Legal Assistants Affiliate Award on July 11, in Portland, Oregon. The NALA Affiliate award is presented each year to a NALA member or committee of affiliated associations in recognition of contribution to the goals and programs of an affiliated association. Nominations are made for such contributions as assisting with and organizing certified paralegal study groups, working with bar associations on behalf of paralegals in the area, planning education programs or developing pro bono or other community involvement for their associations. The affiliate organizations throughout the United States designate one recipient for an affiliate award each year. Schaffer was nominated by 900 members of the organization.
“I’m honored to be recognized with this award and deeply grateful to the National Association of Legal Assistants and the Paralegal Association of Florida for their support and advocacy,” says Schaffer, who recently served two years as president of the Paralegal Association of Florida. “It’s my great pleasure to share it with my phenomenal colleagues at Grossman Roth and Partridge.”
Schaffer is an advanced certified paralegal with a specialty certification in civil litigation, who has been a paralegal since 1983. At the time of her advanced certification in 2001, she was one of only 59 certified litigation specialists in the state of Florida. Schaffer has been in the legal field and associated with William E. Partridge, managing partner of the Sarasota office, for more than 30 years. She joined the present firm in 1998 when the Sarasota office of Grossman Roth and Partridge was established. From her years of experience, she has developed a reputation of expertise in legal research, working with experts and assisting with trial preparation.
“Amy is acclaimed in our legal community for her thoroughness and ability to handle complex issues involved in the cases she oversees,” says Partridge. “She is often asked to lecture to other paralegals on medical negligence litigation and trial practice and teaches legal research and litigation practice for the paralegal certification exam. We’re thrilled for her continued success and proud to call her a vital member of our team.”
At Grossman Roth and Partridge, Schaffer assists with initial inquiry, witness preparation, pleading preparation, lien issues, document production and preparation, legal and medical research, investigation of the claim, case management and in the final presentation of the case at mediation and the courtroom. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants; a Florida Registered Paralegal with the Florida Bar Association; a Paralegal Member of the Florida Justice Association; and a member (and outgoing president) of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. A longtime Sarasota resident, Schaffer graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She was certified by NALA in 1993 and became a Florida Registered Paralegal in 2008 the first year it was made available in Florida.
About Grossman Roth, PA
Grossman Roth, PA, is a trial law firm with locations in Sarasota, Boca Raton, Coral Gables and Key West. The attorneys specialize in personal injury cases in both state and federal courts. Its other practice areas include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, vehicular negligence, aviation, product liability, insurance, business litigation, construction and premise liability. The firm has also handled lawsuits related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Sarasota office is located at 1800 Second Street, St. 777; (941) 365-8666.
Caption: (left to right): Ann L. Atkinson, ACP (NALA president); Amy J. Schaffer, ACP, FRP (Grossman Roth and Partridge) and Melissa L. Vander Weide, ACP (director of NALA Affiliated Associations) at the National Association of Legal Assistants Affiliate Award ceremony in Portland, Oregon.