The Indispensable Paralegal: Your Guide to Getting It All Done

Candess Zona-Mendola

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A talented paralegal can be the difference between a verdict and a loss. A great paralegal can be the difference between a successful practice and one that barely scrapes by. This is the book for paralegals who want to go beyond great and become so essential, they are indispensable.

Written by Candess Zona-Mendola, a senior trial paralegal who has nearly two decades of experience and has worked on trial teams that have obtained more than $296 million in just verdicts for injured people, The Indispensable Paralegal offers a wealth of insights for getting things done and thriving in a frequently fast paced and often hectic profession.

The Indispensable Paralegal covers a thorough exploration of the different roles a paralegal may find themselves navigating, along with a wealth of practice pointers and career advice. The author shares key lessons she and others have learned in the field and discusses a broad range of important topics, from the things a paralegal needs to know and do during the life of a case to the ins and outs of successful career planning, a discussion on the different fields of law, resources and strategies for effective on-the-job training and continuing education, and legal writing.

For paralegals who want more, and for attorneys who want to get their staff to the next level, this is the book for you.

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Paperback: 362 pages; 1st edition (2019); ISBN: 9781941007877
Publisher: Trial Guides, LLC

Publisher’s Notice





Part One: You, Paralegal

Paralegal Typecasting    

Paycheck, Please!

What an Attorney Needs from You

Paralegal Ethics

Paralegal Effectiveness

On-the-Job Training

Working with Other Paralegals

Stress and the Paralegal


Ten Things I Wish I’d Known


Part Two: Practice Pointers

Practice and Procedure

Navigating the US Court System

Cases from Birth to Death


Discovery, Meet Paralegal


Legal Writing




Part Three: Taking Your Practice to the Next Level


Becoming a Mentor

The Law School Leap      



What Legal Leaders Are Saying

[It’s] a well-written, thoughtful book about how to flourish in a paralegal career. Zona-Mendola shares practical suggestions and wise life lessons alike, creating what I would have not thought possible: an entertaining and educational book for paralegals at all levels of experience.

— Rick Friedman, past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates and coauthor of Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff’s Guide to Proving Liability
4.4 star rating
Based on 15 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars Based on 15 reviews
Michael L.
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4 star rating
Good Resource
Got it for my paralegal. Has some helpful pointers and provides some clear expectations of what is expected. Good for someone who has interest in the profession, but doesn’t have any formal training or education.
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Eric R.
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5 star rating
Great Book for a Lawyer
Great Book for a Lawyer Trying to Improve His Practice!
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Gayle P.
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5 star rating
Worth the money and effort.
Worth the money and effort. Three attorneys in our office have bought this book.
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Ronda K.
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5 star rating
Great resource
Dually effective. For paralegals this is what you need to strive to. For attorneys , this is reasonable expectation.
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Sara H.
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2 star rating
May be helpful for a
May be helpful for a paralegal just starting out in the field with no prior experience.
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