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2020 Unsung Legal Heroes: Jenny Taplin

Dan Heilman//September 12, 2020

2020 Unsung Legal Heroes: Jenny Taplin

Dan Heilman//September 12, 2020

In her role as litigation paralegal at Ciresi Conlin, Jenny Taplin helps out in all phases of the firm’s litigation matters.

What does that mean? A lot: helping manage e-discovery document collection, document review and production, privilege logs, management of case files, deposition and witness preparation, summary judgment motions, trial exhibits, assisting expert witnesses, and assisting in settlement procedures, post-trial matters and appellate procedures.

Taplin also drafts documents including correspondence, affidavits, pleadings, subpoenas, garnishments and foreclosure sale documents. She recently managed a database of over 3.1 million documents in Carver v. The Bank New York Mellon, in which the firm a obtained $12.5 million settlement on behalf of its clients.

How and when did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the legal field?

I knew it wouldn’t limit me to one avenue. If you’re in business litigation and you have an interest in IP or trademarks, it’s easy to go to those areas

What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?

No two days are the same. You start the day and you think it’s going to go one way, but then you get hit by three different things from three different matters that you hadn’t thought about. You just hit the ground running.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

Write everything down and keep track of where you are and where you want to go. If you fail to keep track of things because you don’t think they’re important, those are the things that have a way of popping up.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I really enjoy working on motions and appellate briefings. It’s like putting a puzzle together.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love walking, biking, gardening and dancing to Prince music.

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