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Patricia Silbach

Patricia Silbach, Paralegal & Smokeball Billing Manager 2020

Patty started out working in probate law as a secretary over 30 years ago.  Since that time, she became a Probate Paralegal.  Patty has worked in-house for many attorneys in Columbus.  At one point, for over 20 years, she gained an reputation for her probate knowledge and she worked as a freelance Probate Paralegal working for numerous attorneys throughout the County and also an Attorney in Jefferson County, Ohio.

Her experience has also brought her to work for real estate attorneys and a civil rights attorney. 

Although originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she has lived in Columbus most of her adult life. She is a certified Master Gardener and loves to bake with seasonal and fresh ingredients.

Work Summary

Legal assistant with more than 40 years of experience in the legal field, including probate, real estate, and civil litigation.  Detail-oriented, possessing diverse skill sets and strong organizational, written and verbal skills. Easily adapts to new responsibilities and work environments. Ability to work independently and as a team player.

Prior Historical Professional Experience

Clark and Lowe, LLC – October 14, 2019 to March 4, 2020

  • Drafting and finalizing wills, powers of attoreny, living wills, and probate estate plans
  • Assisting with probate civil litigation
  • E-filing with Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court and Probate Court.
  • Notarizing documents
  • Assisting Attorneys in finalizing documents and filing at probate court.
  • Transcription/typing

Robert Half Legal – August 9, 2019 to September 13, 2019 (Littler Mendelson, P.C.)

  • Supporting four (4) attorneys (Labor & Employment)
  • E-filing (ECF) in various state and federal courts, EEOC and OSHA
  • Handling removal process from state court to United States District Court, Southern District
  • Drafting, finalizing correspondence, pleadings, motions, memorandums, various documents
  • Managing & maitaining case management database (IManage/File Site and NetDocs)
  • Notarizing documents
  • Transcription / Typing
  • Arranging attorney travel, preparing and processing corresponding documents
  • Calendaring court deadlines and meetings through calendar database system
  • Preparing expense reports through Concur.

NiSource Corporate Services, legal department (as a contractor through Yoh Services) 7/2018 to 7/2019

  • Supporting seven (7) attorneys (Labor & Employment, Commercial Real Estate, Litigation)
  • Preparing correspondence, various documents, charts of open matters
  • Organizing and managing case files
  • Notarizing documents
  • Renovating and maintaining off-site file storage system and database
  • Assisting attorneys when other paralegals were on vacation/absent from work with confidential matters

James D. McNamara, Attorney at Law – 1994 to Present

  • Supporting attorney in all aspects of his practice of discrimination by law enforcement or government 
  • Preparing pleadings, correspondence and trial exhibits
  • Transcribing dictation
  • Assembling trial pleading, exhibits and binders
  • Managing and organizing case files
  • Organizing and preparing attorney time entries
  • Electronic filing with US District Court, state court and Federal Appeals Court (6th Circuit)

Kincaid, Randall & Craine – 2011 to 2017

  • Supporting two (2) attorneys (Estate Administration, Guardianships and Estate Planning)
  • Preparing forms, documents, correspondence
  • Preparation and finalization of estate plans.
  • Meeting with clients to gather information
  • Managing and organizing case files
  • Calendaring meetings and deadlines
  • Preparing documents and e-file for civil real estate matters with Probate Court (land sales)

Mark Sladoje, Jr. – 1983 to 1994 (retired)

  • Supportine one attorney (Probate/Real Estate Law)
  • Preparing forms, documents, correspondence
  • Assisting attorney in Probate Court, filing with Probate Court, including meetings with Magistrate Judges

Carl B. Fry, Fry & Waller – 1981 to 1983

  • Working for partner, Carl B. Fry in business law, civil litigation
  • Assisting in managing case files
  • Calending deadlines for both partner and associates
  • Preparing of pleadings and correspondence

Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn – 1979 to 1981

  • Working for partner in Labor & Employment; associate in Real Estate
  • Preparation of pleadings and correspondence


Whetstone High School, Diploma - 1975

COMPUTER SKILLS:  Word, Excel, OutLook, Lotus Notes, Adobe Pro/Reader, PowerPoint, File Site, NetDocs, Concur, Calendaring System, Outlook, electronic filing with state, federal and court of appeals

OTHER SKILLS:  Notary Public

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