For years, Matthew Fordyce spent his summers working for his father’s construction business. But after a while, he got the itch to go in another direction.
“I kind of stumbled into the notion of getting my paralegal certificate after thinking about it for a while,” Fordyce said. “I’m glad I did it.”
Attorneys at Bowman and Brooke say working with Fordyce is like working with a partner. They point to his knack for navigating trial and litigation practice support technology and his proficiency with electronic case-management tools as the keys to being much more than the guy who lugs files into the courtroom.
Fordyce accomplishes this by thinking like a lawyer: In each case he’s worked on, he has set up a war room, has all exhibits ready to go and has worked with Bowman’s experts and fact witnesses to get them ready for trial. He’s worked as litigation support for the firm on half a dozen cases in just over a year, everywhere from Buffalo, Minnesota, to Baltimore.
“My favorite part of the job is my co-workers and the trust they put in me,” said Fordyce. “The firm gives me a lot of responsibility and flexibility.”