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    Jennifer Smith, Exclusive Family Law Paralegal

I am a native Nevadan, born and raised in the Gardnerville/Minden area of the Carson Valley and graduated from Douglas High School (Go Tigers!). At this point in my life, I can truly appreciate having grown up in such a beautiful place and rural setting; however, being the stereotypical kid who grew up in a small town, I couldn’t wait to leave and ventured to the Biggest Little City on my own a year after graduation. I could not possibly love the Reno/Tahoe area and community any more (okay, maybe I could love it slightly more if summer lasted a few months longer). My husband, who is also a native northern Nevadan, and I are both passionate about the amazing area that we are proud to call home.

 

My legal career began in 2007 at a small law office in Reno which exclusively represented plaintiff employees in wage and hour class action lawsuits. In 2009, I obtained my Paralegal Certification from the University of Nevada, Reno. After six years with the class action firm, I accepted a position in the legal department of a local utility, where I supported in-house counsel in matters relating to labor and employment law, as well as human relations. I worked closely with the legal, human resources, and labor relations departments for four and a half years. The knowledge, experience, and opportunities that accompanied my decade working in these positions, as well as my interactions with a wide variety of clients, courts, and agencies, were invaluable with regard to my work in the legal field.

 

I found the potential transition into the emotionally charged arena of family law very intriguing, and couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to meet Marilyn and her team to hear more about their work. Two things were instantly clear to me: 1) they did not waste anyone’s time with BS; and 2) they worked vigilantly and relentlessly as advocates for their clients. As someone who has been lucky enough to be surrounded by strong father figures throughout my life, I am proud to be part of such a stellar team of women committed to preserving the integral relationship between father and child.