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Best Practices for Paralegals and Support Staff During COVID 19 Webinar


Christine M. Flynn

Christine M. Flynn is a litigation paralegal at the law firm of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C. with 30 years of experience in the field.  Christine is a past president of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) and currently chairs the Pro Bono, Programs and Professional Development Committees.  Christine serves as Board Liaison to The Legal Intelligencer, Pro Bono Coordinator for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and Liaison to the American Bar Association (ABA) for the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.  Christine is a past chair of the Ethics Board for NFPA.  She is a member of the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Regina L. Valenti

Regina L. Valenti is a senior trial paralegal with the law firm of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, in New Orleans, LA. Ms. Valenti handles all aspects of file management, client contact and trials in multi-district litigation, mass torts, personal injury cases and products liability cases. She conducts medical research, legal and factual research, fact investigations, and client interviews. She also supervises all the paralegals in the firm, and is responsible for training staff and associates on various topics.

Mairim Zalez, moderator

Mairim Zalez is a Florida Native. She was born and raised in South Florida and attended high school in Palm Beach County. She graduated in the top 5% of her class at Palm Beach Lakes High School where she was enrolled in a four year law magnet program and also dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College. After graduation, she attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she obtained a bachelors degree in Psychology and Behavioral Forensics. Mairim then studied for the LSAT and applied to law school. Mairim was accepted to several Florida schools but decided she needed a change of scenery and went to law school in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was an active member of many organizations such as Women in Law, was Dean of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity for two years and was the Director of Diversity for the Student Government Association among others. She did several internships while in school and then moved back to Florida after graduation in 2016. She then worked with a solo practitioner in West Palm Beach, Florida as his case manager in the fields of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. She worked at that firm for about a year and a half before she transitioned to a bigger firm. Mairim has now been with the LaBovick Law Group for almost two years working as the Case Manager for the Personal Injury pre-litigation department. Mairim has a passion to serve and is a warrior for justice.

Candess Zona-Mendola

Candess Zona-Mendola is the senior trial paralegal of the Lange Law Firm, PLLC. She has been a paralegal for almost two decades, was educated at Chapman University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds degrees in anthropology and paralegal studies. In her current role, Candess helps families who have been harmed when corporations sell food contaminated with E. coli, Salmonella, Vibrio or other food poisoning pathogens. she also helps people who have been affected by water contaminated with Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease.