2008 Paralegal of the Year

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2008 Paralegal of the Year 

2008 AAJ Paralegal of the Year


Lori Tracoma -
Cantor Arkema & Edmonds, Richmond, VA

Lori Tracoma began working at Cantor Arkema 27 years ago. She started out as the receptionist back when the firm was still a “3 man law firm”. The firm now boasts 21 lawyers and Lori is now what the attorneys call “the leader of the pack” in the personal injury litigation group.  She realized that she loved the law when she took an elective course in college on Tort Law. When Attorney Cantor began doing personal injury cases, she just fell right into the role.  She truly enjoys working with her clients. She works on their cases all the way through the trial, including drafting most pleadings.  Many of the firm's clients have returned over and over again.  Lori has even gone as far as personally taking baked meals to the most injured clients.  She also remembers the clients with whom she has cried with, those who have lost children, and the ones who have had other tragedies strike. For them, Lori works countless hours to see justice prevail.  

Lori has trained new associates with the practicalities of the court system.  Last year, she co-chaired a seminar for the Virginia Trial Lawyers which saw its largest turn out in history.  She attends at least 2 seminars a year with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and has been a member of AAJ for seven years. She is also a member of the Richmond Association of Legal Assistants.

Lori is dedicated to her profession and works hard for her clients. Her motto is to "always be truthful and honest with them." Elliott Buckner, the attorney who nominated Lori, said “Lori’s commitment to her clients not only sets her apart from other paralegal, it elevates her profession”.


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