Can’t We All Get Along? – Ten Tips on How to Foster a Positive & Profitable Relationship Between Attorneys and Paralegals

Holly Dormeyer Belinda Berling
March 08, 2014


As an attorney or paralegal, you spend a large portion of your waking hours at the office. Shouldn’t those hours be pleasant? Here are ten everyday issues that we have experienced that have put a damper on the working relationship between paralegals and attorneys.

The effect of these types of issues is that they tend to create animosity within the lawyer and paralegal team, which creates resentment and ultimately turnover, which can be expensive to a firm. This programs helps you to better understand the nature of these issues and gives practical advice from both sides of the fence on how to work through them in order to not only create a profitable team, but a happier team.


Belinda Berling, Owner, LMIC, LLC, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Holly Dormeyer, General Manager, New Media Legal Publishing, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Belinda is a paralegal specializing in various types of litigation, estate planning/probate, and commercial real estate. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a BS in Sociology, and earned her AAS in Paralegal Studies from Phoenix College, an ABA approved program. She holds advanced certifications in incorporated business entities and contract administration from the National Association of Legal Assistants. Belinda worked for various law firms in the Phoenix, Arizona area for almost fifteen years, and is now a freelance paralegal providing assistance to attorneys throughout the country. In addition, she is adjunct instructor at James Madison University and Durham Tech Community College.

Holly has extensive experience as a corporate attorney, including working for Boies, Schiller and Flexner in New York, Clark Hill in Arizona and in-house at several tech companies in Arizona. Holly is currently an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. She graduated from Franklin Pierce College and Albany Law School. Holly is licensed to practice in New York and Arizona.

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