May Paralegal of the Month

SPI is proud to announce Kathy Wellman as our Paralegal of the Month for May!

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Kathy Wellman is a Real Estate Paralegal with Alston and Bird, LLP in Atlanta, GA.

She resides in Atlanta and we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy and discussing what it means to her to be a paralegal, how she balances work and her personal obligations, all the while making time for herself as well.

SPI is honored to be able to showcase such a strong, intelligent woman as our paralegal of the month!

What got you interested in becoming a paralegal? 

I was taking some pre-law type classes and decided to visit a paralegal school. After the visit, I decided to give being a paralegal a try.

How long have you been in this field?

36 years. I spent my first two years as a paralegal doing residential real estate in Hilton Head. I then moved to Atlanta and got into commercial real estate and have been doing that ever since.

What is your favorite part of being a paralegal?

The freedom and opportunity to do different tasks outside normal paralegal duties.

What tips do you have for time management?

Do as much as possible each day so that you don’t take your work home with you and become stressed about what is waiting for you each morning at the office. Try to address tasks immediately so they do not linger.

What do you find is most challenging in your daily work flow when it comes to being a paralegal?

Sometimes you either have too much work or not enough. Not having control over your workflow can sometimes be challenging.

What tips would you offer up for anyone looking to become a paralegal?

Give real estate a try. It is interesting and seems to have more job opportunity recently than litigation. Also, always ask to do things outside of the normal tasks/duties of a paralegal. It keeps the job interesting and enhances your job skills.

What do you do to relax after work?

Play music. I am a member of two music groups and we perform a couple of shows throughout the year.

What are your hobbies or favorite past times?

Playing music, exercise and reading.