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Meet the Paralegal Section Chairperson, Belinda Martinez

Belinda Martinez was selected one of twelve “Paralegal Superstars” by Paralegal Gateway.  Belinda will be spotlighted in the June 2012 Online Edition at www.ParalegalGateway.com. 

Ms. Martinez received her Paralegal Certificate from Florida International University in 1991 and earned the designation CLA/CP in 2005, passing a two day examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.  In 2008, Ms. Martinez further earned the Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants. Ms. Martinez has been a Florida Registered Paralegal member of The Florida Bar since 2008. 
In 2010, Ms. Martinez was appointed the Paralegal Liaison to the South Broward Bar Association.  In 2011, Ms. Martinez was awarded the South Broward Bar Association’s President’s Award by Anita Paoli who stated: 

It was very hard to single out just one person this year.  There is a tremendous amount of time spent behind the scenes of which the rest of the membership may not be aware.  The SBBA has no full-time staff and relies on voluntary contributions of time from its members who are already overloaded with work in their chosen profession.  The President’s Award is being given tonight to someone who worked on every event and program and helped the SBBA and my job as President this past year.  She initiated a campaign to welcome paralegals to our organization.

In addition to Ms. Martinez’ contributions to the South Broward Bar Association, she is the Inaugural Chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Paralegal Section, Florida’s second largest voluntary bar organization, and has been nominated to serve as a Non-Lawyer Member on The Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. 

Ms. Martinez is employed by Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., as the Litigation Legal Assistant to Shareholder Kevin Markow, who is also the Chair of the Broward County Bar’s Business Litigation Section and a Director with the South Broward Bar Association; Shareholder Daniel Wallach, who is a Board Certified Appellate Attorney; and Thomas Cantwell, who earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Ms. Martinez states:

Being an active member of the legal community in South Florida has been very rewarding.  I have met so many wonderful people over the years.  I encourage law firms, lawyers, law students, paralegals, legal assistants, and legal students to get involved with your local Bar Associations. There is no greater contribution you can give to yourself, your firm, or your firm’s clients.  By being involved, I believe that I better serve my attorneys and firm.  I have an increased knowledge and awareness of my chosen profession that I would not otherwise have without the continuing education and networking opportunities afforded to me by the local Bar Associations and their committees.  I know I have a lot more fun!

Aside from her commitment to the legal community, Ms. Martinez enjoys riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and attending charity rides benefiting children.  She has three grown children and one granddaughter. 
Memberships:
2010-Present:     Broward County Bar Association, Chair Paralegal Committee
2010–Present:     Association of E-Discovery Specialists
2009-Present:     South Broward Bar Association
2008-Present:     The Florida Bar Registered Paralegal Section
2007-present:    Miami-Dade Association of Legal Support Specialists

You can contact Belinda at browardbarparalegal@gmail.com.  Belinda also recently created a blog for Broward County paralegals and legal assistants:
browardparalegal.blogspot.com.

News regarding our Broward Legal Community is always welcome.