Rachel R. Keyo: Paralegal at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Boston, MA by LawCrossing


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                              Rachel R. Keyo: Paralegal at Greenberg Traurig, LLP,
                              Boston, MA
                              [By Judith Earley]
                              Rachel R. Keyo describes her mother as a truly strong and amazing woman who instilled in her the truth that there is nothing
                              she cannot accomplish.

And it is with that conviction that Keyo excels        Keyo said that she truly loves her work as        in the seats next to her entire family. I felt
as a paralegal working within the corporate            a paralegal. Although she enjoys all of the       so honored to be there. I found myself crying
and securities group of the Boston office of           corporate assignments she is given, she           at the end of the ceremony,” said Keyo.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international               most enjoys private equity/private placement
law firm with more than ,500 attorneys and            work and Blue Sky assignments. On the flip        Another skill set that Keyo brings to the
professionals working in 29 locations across           side, one of her most difficult challenges is     table is her fluency in French and Haitian
the United States, Europe, and Asia.                   dealing with attorneys who do not know how        Kreyol. Her language skills have allowed her
                                                       to properly utilize paralegals within their       to serve as a translator when meeting with
Keyo assists attorneys and shareholders and has        firms.                                            clients and at administrative hearings while
a wide variety of U.S. and international clients.                                                        working in a small law firm.
                                                       “Many times, attorneys will handle
Her assignments involve day-to-day                     assignments that a paralegal can do. This         Keyo said that she considers her
operations, general corporate maintenance,             to me is an inefficient use of time and money     membership in the Massachusetts Paralegal
acquisitions, divestitures, structuring, and the       that we bill to our clients,” said Keyo.          Association quite valuable. It keeps her
financing of various business transactions.                                                              current with changes in many areas of
                                                       Keyo’s compassion and dedication are not          the law, provides her with a networking
“I am also responsible for managing the                limited to her work at the office. Shelter        forum of colleagues, and allows her to
formation of entities, preparing initial               Legal Services Foundation, Inc., is an            support and promote her profession. Her
corporate documents, closing certificates,             organization that provides legal services to      advice for students who are preparing to
managing due diligence requests, and                   homeless and low-income individuals. Keyo         become paralegals is to gain experience by
executing closing sets, in addition to                 volunteers at the organization’s legal clinics,   volunteering with pro bono organizations and
preparing Blue Sky securities filings with the         which are conducted at shelters in Boston         joining paralegal associations in their states.
Securities and Exchange Commission and                 and Cambridge.
various state securities divisions,” said Keyo.                                                          “Working on pro bono matters and
                                                       “While working on client cases, I met some        volunteering to assist attorneys in providing
The law has always interested Keyo, but she            truly amazing people who often at times           legal services played a major role. These
was not certain she wanted to become a lawyer.         knew more about the law process than              experiences taught me to interact with
                                                       myself and the supervising attorneys,”            clients, pay attention to detail, manage my
“While attending Northeastern University               said Keyo. “These people were filled with         time, and become very organized,” said Keyo.
and participating in their co-op program,              gratitude for all the work we did for them.”
I was hired to work in a small law firm as                                                               On the net
an entry-level paralegal. I truly enjoyed              Clients express their thanks in many ways.
the assignments and my responsibilities.               For example, Keyo handled an immigration          Greenberg Traurig, LLP
That position confirmed my interest in the             case for a woman seeking to obtain her            www.gtlaw.com/home.aspx
paralegal profession,” she said.                       residency card so that she could become a
                                                       citizen.                                          City of Boston
She found her current job through legal-                                                                 www.cityofboston.gov
recruiting and placement firm Beacon                   “Following many years of preparation and
Hill Staffing, which forwarded her resume              process, she was granted citizenship and          Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc
to Leanne Plant in the Boston office of                invited me to the ceremony where she would        www.shelterlegalservices.org
Greenberg Traurig, LLP.                                be sworn in as a United States citizen. I sat


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