ROMULO A. RIVERA
Paralegal * Legal Assistant * Philippine Lawyer
Flat 1 Montague Court, Montague Hill South, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8HS, UK
Home Phone No. 01179093738: Mobile Phone No. 07789992921
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. CAREER OBJECTIVE: Paralegal/ Legal Assistant/ Fee Earner/ Claims
Handler/ Administrative or Litigation Support.
2. SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:
More than ten years as Legal Assistant, plus more than ten years of working
as Litigation Attorney for reputable Philippine law firms which specializes in
civil, criminal, personal injury, family, corporate and labor litigation as well
as in legal consultations, rendering legal advise and legal opinions, claims
negotiation, debt recovery, contracts drafting and contracts preparation.
Able to make day to day routine decisions based on precedents and
procedures, uses own initiative to resolve issues at basic level but seeks
guidance, as appropriate, when dealing with more complex issues; takes
personal responsibility for making things happen within the context of the
role, considers others’ views and feed backs offered.
Independent and self-directed professional, able to cultivate strong
relationships with individuals from diverse organizational and cultural
backgrounds, collaborates effectively with team members to achieve overall
organizational objectives, responds promptly and effectively to requests for
assistance from customers, establishing and checking their service
requirements; understands gender and race issues and maintains positive
attitude to equal opportunities developments; understands health and safety
issues affecting working environment; has a good understanding of office
routines and procedures and possesses skills in planning, organizing and
Basic knowledge of Word processing, spreadsheets, database and powerpoint
but currently enrolled at LearnDirect to upgrade IT skills.
Authorized to work with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Educator and civic leader.
3. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES:
Witness Support Service Worker (Current and at flexible time):
o Working in a court environment offering help or information to victims, their
families or witnesses to talk to in confidence; accompanying them to court to
give evidence and conduct pre-court visits so that they are familiar with the
court room and the roles of the various people in court before they give their
evidence; offering emotional and other practical support about the courts and
legal processes; act as their liaison with other statutory or voluntary agencies.
Citizens’ Advice Bureau Generalist Advice Work (Currently on training):
o Ensuring that individuals do not suffer through lack of knowledge of their
rights and responsibilities or of the services available to them or through an
inability to express their needs effectively; exercising a responsible influence
on the development of social policies and services, both locally and
nationally on clients’ main enquiry areas regarding (i) benefits, (i) debts, (iii)
employment, (iv) housing, (v) consumer, (vi) family and personal, (vii)
immigration and nationality.
RIVERA, RIVERA, CAROY & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES (1980 - 2006);
BATI & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES (1978 – 1980):
Consultant/ Office Manager/ Litigation Attorney/ Legal Assistant -
Developed strategic business plans for client retention and plans for market
penetration; monitored outside counsels and coordinated communications to
streamline litigation process and ensure accuracy of information; analyzed
organization’s strengths and weaknesses and assessed clients’ needs.
Handled all stages of litigation and supported litigation attorneys in a diverse
array of high profile legal cases, including contract dispute resolution, civil,
criminal, personal injury, and family litigation; hired and supervised legal
staff and two attorneys, designed and delivered dynamic and interactive
training to office staff, reviewed litigation strategies, prepared, reviewed,
edited legal briefs, memoranda and various court pleadings, orders and
processes, and successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with
Met with trial witnesses and testifying experts as part of trial preparation
and complex phase of arbitration; prepared and scheduled conferences,
meetings with counsels, collated and analyzed trial exhibits, prepared
deposition testimonies, various motions, pleadings, memoranda, appellate
briefs, conducted extensive legal research for authorities, performed
extensive field work to gather relevant information, interviewed prospective
and expert witnesses preparatory to court trial.
Collaborated with associates on shared and complex cases as well as with
team of legal and professional experts to discuss elements and developed
mitigation strategies; summarized amounts of information for attorneys and
recommended next steps in case developments; wrote letters to hospitals,
schools, police and prison stations to preserve documents to be used as
evidence in court.
SAINT LOUIS COLLEGE/ DON MARIANO MARCOS MEMORIAL
STATE UNIVERSITY/ SEA & SKY COLLEGES:
1980 - 2004: Part Time College/ University Professor -
Took part time jobs on spare time as college/ university professor;
Taught and lectured on the following subjects: Obligations and Contracts;
Sales, Agency and Bailments; Partnership and Corporation Law; Negotiable
Instruments Law; Wills and Succession; Torts and Damages;
Transportation Law; Public and Private International Law.
4. EDUCATION: -
Currently enrolled in Higher Paralegal Studies on line at the SAS Law School
in London. Emphasis: The seven foundations of law and procedures. Only
two assessments to complete to finish the course.
Certificate in Paralegal Course at the University of Houston, Texas, USA.
Emphasis: Legal Assistantship, Office and Case Management, Legal
Research using the computer, Lexis Nexis and Westlaw (01 November, 2004
to 23 April 2005).
Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) at the Baguio Colleges Foundation,
Philippines (1973-1977), certified by The Law Society as a Graduate
Diploma in Law.
Bachelor of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Science in Education (AB-BSE) at
Saint Louis College, Philippines (1969-1973), with History as Major and
English as Minor. Graduated on top of class as Cum Laude.
5. SPECIAL TRAININGS/ SEMINARS/ WORKSHOPS ATTENDED: -
Fellow at the Center for American and International Law (Formerly The
South Western Legal Foundation) at Dallas, Texas, USA (May - July 2004).
Studies taken: U.S. Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Antitrust Law,
Intellectual Property and E-Commerce Law, Labor and Employment Law,
Administrative and Environmental Law, International Tax Law, International
Banking and Finance, International Business Transactions, Negotiations and
Arbitration (The Rule of Law), Business Organizations, Stock Markets,
Securities Regulation, Legal Accounting, Commercial and Consumer Law,
Products Liability, The U.S. Justice System, and International Litigation in
the U.S. Courts.
Commercial Arbitration Workshop of the Institute for Transnational
Seminars on Insurance, Investments and Annuities, Asset Protection, Wealth
Maximization and Cash Flow, Real Estate and Mortgages, Equity and Trusts,
sponsored by the MILI Group of Companies and conducted by the American
Allied Business Schools, held at the Pechanga Resort and Casino Convention
Center, Temecula, California, USA (October, 2006).
Victim Support Service Avonvale (September to October 2007).
Citizens’ Advice Bureau Certificate in Generalist Advice Work (Currently on
training since March 2008).
6. CIVIC/ PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and HONOURS RECEIVED: -
Past President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), La Union
Chapter (2001-2003), and Governor of the IBP for Northern Philippines
(2003 - 2006).
Past President (1995 - 1996) and District Governor’s Group Representative
(1996-1997), Rotary Club of San Fernando La Union North, Rotary
International District 3790.
Past President and Lifetime member, YMCA of the Philippines.
Honorary Citizen of the City of Dallas – conferred by the City Mayor Laura
Miller of Dallas City, Texas, USA in July 2004.
7. REFERENCES: -
o Mr. Don Rombaoa
President – Association of Filipinos in Bristol (Evening Post Employee)
5102 Apartments, Flat 516, St. James Barton
Tel. No. 01179232726/ 07853556489
o Helen Maynard, Supervisor
Victim Support Service, Magistrates’ Courts, Marlborough St., Bristol
Tel. No. 01179302469
o Atty. Myra Diwata Caroy
Rivera, Rivera, Caroy & Associates Law Offices
2nd Floor Rivera Building, Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
La Union, Philippines 2500; Tel. Nos.+639167253960/ +63727001646