Grace Herrera is a litigation paralegal with the firm. She has been with Tronfeld West & Durrett for over 30 years. Grace began her career as a legal secretary and then continued her education to become a paralegal. Learn more about Grace, her family and what it is like working for Tronfeld West & Durrett below:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in King William. I went to King William High School and then attended J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College and received my Associates in Applied Science degree as a legal secretary. I continued my education while working full time and five years later I received my Associates in Applied Science degree as a paralegal. I started working for Mr. Tronfeld in 1989 when the firm was known as Jay Tronfeld & Associates. I am married and have 2 kids, Ricky and Taylor. My husband, Mark has his own business, Custom Painting & Home Repairs and works part-time at Nationwide Golf Car, Inc. in Mechanicsville. My son, Ricky is 28 years old and is married and has a daughter who is 4 and a son who is 9 months old. My daughter, Taylor is 17 years old and is a senior at King William High School.
How long have you worked as a paralegal?
I have worked as a paralegal for 31 ½ years. I worked for one year at another law firm before accepting a job with Jay Tronfeld & Associates and have been here for 30 years and 6 months.
What do you enjoy most about being a Paralegal?
The fast pace of it. The day goes by really fast because you have so much to do. I enjoy the work and I really love helping our clients.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Mostly, I deal with the litigation files so most of my day is spent on phone calls with insurance companies, clients, health care providers, and other law firms; drafting and filing Complaints; answering Interrogatories; sending out discovery; scheduling depositions; scheduling phone/office conferences with doctors; setting cases for trial; and preparing the case for trial.
What advice/encouragement would you give others that want to enter the legal field?
You need to be a self-starter, you need to be able to come in each day and know what needs to get done and know what are priorities. You don’t really have someone standing over you directing you on what you need to do each day. It also helps if you are an organized person. There is a lot of paperwork and deadlines that you have to keep up with. I really enjoy doing what I do and I could not imagine doing anything else.
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Best vacation you’ve been to/favorite travel spot?
Clearwater Beach, Florida.
People would be surprised if they knew _____ about you?
I flew to Bogota, Columbia with my eye doctor to have Lasik surgery before it was offered here in the United States.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going to concerts, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.
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