As it turned out, that something was being a paralegal. She graduated from the paralegal degree program at Inver Hills Community College and then landed at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, moving from office assistant to legal secretary to paralegal.
In 2002 Pfeifer joined Soucie Law, and when it merged with SiebenCarey in 2012 she stayed on, serving as paralegal for attorney Matthew Steinbrink.
Pfeifer loves the human aspect of the work. “I like being a sounding board for our clients,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s a Minnesota nice thing, but people don’t like to talk about their injuries. They don’t want to sound like they’re complaining.”
Some people have suggested she should have been a therapist because of her excellent listening skills. “The biggest satisfaction I get from my job is being there for clients,” she said.
Her job involves getting and studying medical records, drafting pleadings and discovery responses, doing new client interviews, preparing for trials, she said.
The appeal is that no day is the same. “You come every morning with an idea of what you’re going to do and then a priority comes in and your day changes,” she said.
In her free time Pfeifer sews and sells her creations along with her sister at craft shows. She also likes antiquing and thrift store shopping.
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