After a lifetime of working as a paralegal for ‘biglaw’, Pamela Starr decided it was time for a change – the year was 2008.
It was an obvious and natural transition – the legal industry had finally begun to embrace technology and, well, the economy could no longer support law firms. Bankruptcy courts had transitioned to electronic filing which meant that the field was ripe for the development of a service that would allow attorneys to maintain their image of professionalism, as well as their bottom line, by outsourcing paralegal duties. Pamela’s business model allows attorneys and law firms to decrease their overhead while increasing the value of their billable dollars by providing professional, certified paralegal services in a virtual setting.
Applying 25+ years of paralegal experience, Pamela created STARRParalegals, LLC, to provide motion-based, virtual paralegal services to attorneys specializing in Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Commercial Transactions and UCC – anywhere in the US.
A daughter of the Great State of Texas, now living in Georgia, Pamela is an active member (and former two-term, Director of Membership) of the Georgia Association of Paralegals (“GAP”), the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (“NFPA”) and is a Member of the 2013-2014 NFPA Ethics Board, the American Bar Association (“ABA”), the American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”), the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (“ABJA”), the Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”), and the National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals (“NAFLP”).
Pamela graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with BA in Political Science (and minors in Psychology and Classical Civilization) and from Southwestern Paralegal Institute in Houston – one of the first ABA approved paralegal certification programs in the US – as a ‘certified’ paralegal in 1983; in 2006, she earned her credentials as a Certified Bankruptcy Assistant (“CBA”); and on May 20, 2012, Pamela received a Master of Science of Law (“J.S.M.”), cum laude, in Bankruptcy & Restructuring/E-commerce from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Considered a leader in Atlanta’s paralegal community for over 15 years, she has been a featured speaker at numerous national and state-wide paralegal events and webinars, including “Demystifying Electronic Filing; A CM/ECF Primer” for LegalTypist; been published in the National Paralegal Reporter; the e-book, Sixty-Six Tips from Your Virtual Paralegal Success Team, and The Paralegal Mentor article, “Virtual Paralegals’ Top Ten Favorites.” She was also featured in the December 2010 issue of BankruptcyProfessional.com, named as a 2011 Paralegal Superstar by ParalegalGateway, and nominated, by her peers, as a 2011 Georgia Powerhouse Paralegal.
Building on her expertise as a successful business woman and virtual paralegal, Pamela has launched her blawg, Pamela the Paralegal, as well as a new venture, Sessions with a Starr. ‘Sessions‘ is a consulting program dedicated to dragging professionals (including lawyers and paralegals) out of their brick and mortar offices and into the cloud and helping them to redefine their career options in an evolving economy.
In her “copious” spare time, Ms. Starr is pursuing a Master of Arts in Training and Development from Roosevelt University, an active member of Ladies Who Launch, a Hebrew school teacher, and an amateur cantorial soloist.