Client Profile: Rebecca J. Barnes (of Menden Freiman LLP)

How long have you been a paralegal?
20+ years, yikes!

What firm do you currently work for? What practice areas do you concentrate in?
I am a Senior Paralegal for Business Matters at MendenFreiman LLP, an Atlanta firm serving closely held businesses, owners and affluent families.

What do you most enjoy about being a paralegal?
The relationships that are formed with clients.

What do you find to be most challenging?
Constant interruptions.

What skills are most important for a paralegal?
Organization, diligence, flexibility and follow-through.

Any tips on job retention for a paralegal working in this trying economy?
Be efficient, effective and exact.

Finally, tell us what you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am actively involved in leadership in the Junior League of Atlanta (and formerly in San Diego), a women’s volunteer organization that has been positively impacting the Atlanta community for almost 100 years. I also volunteer at Zoo Atlanta (where I hope to become a docent), and support the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Atlanta Ballet. I am constantly amazed by the incredible people, history and culture that abound in Atlanta!

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