RESUME: Updated November 13, 2008



Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki

Telephone: (415) 846-5913


QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of paralegal program at De Anza College. Seven years experience as a paralegal/legal administrative assistant, strong communication skills, detail-oriented, ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects. Working knowledge of Mac and PC platforms, with ability to build and troubleshoot cross-platform files. MS PowerPoint, InData Trial Director, Adobe Photoshop, Maya, and HTML.




Paralegal Training


2004-2005 De Anza Community College, Cupertino, CA, Paralegal Program (completed)


Legal Training - Advanced Legal Seminars


2008, 2007, 2003, 2002: Annual Capital Case Defense Seminar, California Public Defenders Association, Monterey, CA

2007: California Courtroom Evidence Seminar, California Public Defenders Association, Monterey, CA

2006, 2004, 2002: Annual Felony Defense, California Public Defenders Association, Yosemite, CA

2001, Annual Homicide Defense Seminar, California Public Defenders Association, Rohnert Park, CA

2001, Annual Scientific Evidence Seminar, California Public Defenders Association, Sacramento, CA

2001, Annual Sentencing Seminar, California Public Defenders Association, San Jose, CA


Pre-Med Training


1978-1980, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI, Liberal Arts Major Transfer Student

1979-1980, Shiner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, Medical Illustrator Intern, Honolulu, HI: Medical Illustration Intern for John Burns School of Medicine and Shiner’s Hospital.

1981-1986, University of Hawaii, Honolulu and Hilo, HI 120 Units towards completion of Medical Illustration Independent Studies degree.


Computer Training


2000: Comp USA School of Technology, Honolulu, Hawaii and Seattle, Washington Certification: Adobe Photoshop I & II, Adobe Illustrator I & II, Adobe PageMaker I, II & III, Corel Draw I & II, FrontPage 2000 I & II, Front Page 98 I &II, Dream weaver 98 I & II, Dream weaver 2000 I & II, Gif Animator, Macromedia Flash, Converting Files For The Web, Internet Research I & II, Web Graphics I & II, Website Promotion, Digital Imaging I & II, Internetworking I & II, HTML I & II, Internet Business I & II, Business Writing, Quark Express, Desktop Publishing, Mac OS, Windows 98, MS Office Suite 2000, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access I, II & III

2008-2001: On-Job Training: Word Perfect 11 and 12, Abacus Law, Legal Solutions, Law Desk, MacForms, InData Trial Director Suite 3.1, Elite Enterprise.




03/2004 to Present

Self-employed as a freelance paralegal under the supervision of Paul McCarthy, a California licensed attorney. My most recent assignment was to research the neuropsychological effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor anti-depressants in relation to mens rea in order to develop a basis for a petition for habeas corpus for an incarcerated felon.


1/2000 – 6/2007, Law Office of Robert Beles, Oakland, CA

Freelance Paralegal/ Legal Administrative Assistant. On-Call

State and Federal Appellate, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights.


Recommendation: "Ms. Miyasaki has worked on several major felony appeals including two first degree murder appeals with special circumstances. The work involved summarizing complex felony trial transcripts and analysis of legal issues. The average paralegal could not do the work adequately. She is a hard worker and her work has been very valuable to me." Paul McCarthy


06/2004 – 10/2004, Weinberg and Wilder, San Francisco, CA

Freelance Paralegal

Trial transcript summary. Intellectual Property, Criminal Defense, Appellate.


02/2004 – 06/2004, Law Office of Rey Hassan, San Francisco, CA

Freelance Medical Paralegal/Trial Presentation Consultant.

PowerPoint Trial Presentation development and presentation. Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Plaintiff.


02/2004 – 05/2004, Bryant, Clohan and Baruh, LLP, Palo Alto, CA

Freelance Medical Paralegal

Medical record summary. Product Defect, Personal Injury, Plaintiff.


7/2003 – 01/2004, Litigation Tech, San Francisco and Concord, CA

InData Trial Director Trial Presentation Support Consultant

Automated trial presentation. Personal Injury Defense.


9/2002 - 7/2003, Wartelle, Weaver and Schreiber, San Francisco, CA

Free-lance Medical Paralegal

Medical record/deposition summary, Internet/medical research, written discovery responses. Exhibits, demand packages. PowerPoint. Personal Injury, Toxic Tort, Building Defect Plaintiff, Complex Litigation.


6/2002 - 9/2002, Berman, Berman & Berman, LLP, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA

Short-term Paralegal/Legal Administrative Assistant

Discovery summaries/indexes, deposition summaries, written discovery responses, proofread/edit/draft, legal research, filing, calendaring, courtroom observer. Complex Litigation, Construction Defect Defense.


3/2002 - 7/2002, Law Office of Cheasty and Cheasty, Berkeley, CA

Legal Assistant

Investigation, medical record analysis, summary, timeline, demand package, digital imaging, joint tenancy, estate planning, pleadings, correspondence. Personal Injury Plaintiff, Intellectual Property Criminal Defense, Probate.


12/2001-3/2002, Baron Drexel, Oakland, CA

Free-Lance Medical Paralegal

Summarized complex medical records and prepared case chronology in a medical malpractice case alleging negligent failure to diagnose breast cancer. Medical Malpractice Plaintiff.


7/2001 - 2/2002, Law Office of Robert Beles, Oakland, CA

Free-Lance Paralegal/ Legal Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Summaries of voir dire, pre-trial/trial transcripts and drafted statement of facts in a special circumstances/first degree murder appeal. Investigation, summary/pleading/affidavit draft, transcription in special circumstances/first degree murder case. Medical/legal research. Correspondence, calendaring, office manager. Criminal Defense, Appellate, State and Federal Civil Plaintiff.



FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Japanese, functional level.