Kelly Mills’ job title is legal secretary, but she largely functions as a paralegal, too.
The staffer at Bowman and Brooke in Minneapolis brings a strong analytical approach to managing a case and a profound interest in product liability defense, according firm co-managing partner Alana Bassin.
Mills also supports the works of firm partners Barry Koopmann and Molly Given, and of associate Rachelle Velgersdyk. She brings a secretary’s knack for organization and attention to detail, and a paralegal’s flexibility to adapt to changing tasks and client needs to each assignment, Bassin said.
Mills recently served as a key member of the legal team that is defending a Johnson & Johnson company in a major mass tort regarding pelvic mesh implants. During one of the discovery waves, the team needed a massive volume of scientific information gathered and organized for expert disclosures and depositions. Mills managed the entire project, directing a team of paralegals and other secretaries to compile and organize the information and send it out on time.
Mills takes it all in stride.
“I do what I’m supposed to do and help out and keep it moving,” she said. “ ‘It’s not my job’ is not something I believe in.”