June 22

Opening for Legal Secretary

We are looking for candidates to fill two different positions here at OPN LAW.

FULL TIME LEGAL SECRETARY

The first position is as a full-time legal secretary in our corporate law division. This position involves direct client contact and requires a professional approach to service. Computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office, is a must. Experience with Tabs3, PracticeMaster, HotDocs, Worldox is a plus. Law firm experience preferred. Excellent communication, proofreading, organizational, grammar and spelling skills required. PREVIOUS LEGAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Excellent benefits.

Assisting attorney with real estate closings and preparation of documents. Manages registered agent filings and set up of LLCs and corporations. Produces information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics; coordinating case preparation. Logs, dockets, and schedules hearings; prepares notices of hearings and sends to interested parties. Composes routine letters and memoranda and prepares reports using knowledge of work area instructions and guidelines. Reviews legal documents to ensure they are in proper format and contain all necessary portions or related documents for court acceptance; files legal documents with proper courts. Prepares trial notebooks and exhibits listings for assigned attorney(s)’ case presentation. Prepares and assembles materials, documents, and exhibits for meetings, court appearances, and hearings.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter, as well as salary requirements, to jobs@opnlaw.com. No phone calls.

PART TIME LEGAL SECRETARY

The second position is as a part-time legal secretary in our corporate/real estate law division to join our team. Hours will range from 25-30 hours per week. This position involves direct client contact and requires a professional approach to service. Computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office, is a must. Experience with Tabs3, PracticeMaster, HotDocs, Worldox is a plus. Law firm experience preferred. Excellent communication, proofreading, organizational, grammar and spelling skills required. PREVIOUS LEGAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Assisting attorney with real estate closings and preparation of documents. Produces information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics; coordinating case preparation. Logs, dockets, and schedules hearings; prepares notices of hearings and sends to interested parties. Composes routine letters and memoranda and prepares reports using knowledge of work area instructions and guidelines. Reviews legal documents to ensure they are in proper format and contain all necessary portions or related documents for court acceptance; files legal documents with proper courts. Prepares trial notebooks and exhibits listings for assigned attorney(s)’ case presentation. Prepares and assembles materials, documents, and exhibits for meetings, court appearances, and hearings.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter, as well as salary requirements, to jobs@opnlaw.com. No phone calls.

August 17

Childhood Lost

OPN LAW is widely known as a dedicated supporter of children’s rights, and have been advocating on their behalf for decades. The attorneys in our family law division have spent years handling both private cases and as court-appointed advocates for at-risk children.

As such, we are proud to announce our sponsorship of tonight’s special report entitled “Childhood Lost” in collaboration with Children’s Trust Roanoke Valley, airing tonight at 8PM on WDBJ7. The special addresses to concerns about child abuse and neglect, and forces us to have the hard conversation about the effects on society, what leads to abuse and neglect, and what we, as individuals and as a society, can do to help prevent it.

If you’d like to know more about child abuse, or if you are looking for an advocate for a child in your life, please call us at (540) 989-0000, email info@opnlaw.com, or visit our website at www.opnlaw.com.

June 23

Chris Capurso, Law Clerk

CJC2As is OPN’s normal practice, we interview current second-year law students and choose two who are from Virginia law schools to work as summer clerks. The ones chosen must be exceptionally qualified in their work, and have an outgoing personality and promising future. During their rotation, the summer clerk has the opportunity to work with all of our Partners, which allows them to obtain broad exposure to the practice of different types of law.

Chris Capurso is our first summer clerk for 2015. He joins us from the William & Mary School of Law and will graduate in 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2012. His interest is currently in Business Law and Civil Litigation, and has a forthcoming publication entitled “Burgers, Doughnuts, and Expatriations: An Analysis of the Tax Inversion Epidemic and a Solution Presented Through the Lens of the Burger King-Tim Hortons Merger”, William & Mary Business Law Review.

He enjoys long walks to the fridge, witty email replies, and when our Firm Administrator manages to spell his last name correctly. When not clerking for OPN LAW, he can be reached via email at cjcapurso@email.wm.edu.

December 2

Christmas Spirit

OPN LAW has always had great Christmas decorations, and we can attribute that to one exceptional employee – Angela. Angela just exemplified Christmas; there was a sparkle in her eye that shown all year long, but Christmas time was definitely her time. At times, she tried to sneak in Christmas decorations in October. After Thanksgiving, Christmas music would echo throughout the halls, with Angela unapologetically singing to each song blaring through her office. Last year, the day before Thanksgiving, she excitedly showed the staff members the gifts that had already come in for her sons. The sparkle in her eye was indescribable, and before she left that day, she loudly proclaimed that this was the beginning of what would be the best Christmas yet.

Tragically, on Thanksgiving Day 2013, Angela was the fatal victim of domestic violence.

To say that her death sent shockwaves through OPN LAW would be a profound understatement. Suddenly our Firm felt incredibly small, and although we got through the season last year, it was with bleary eyes; the walls seemingly echoing in silence.

This year, we wanted to honor Angela in the best way we knew how; with crazy Christmas decorations, loud music, and breakfast ordered in. The staff volunteered to decorate the office on Sunday, and on Monday morning, we celebrated Angela by listening to Christmas music and eating breakfast together. We wanted to share our memories of Angela with you, as well as some pictures from Monday. We hope that you get an idea of how wonderful Angela was, and how deeply she is missed.