As a paralegal at Lasater & Martin, Marie Burchardt’s work ethic is driven by a simple principle: If something needs to get done, take the initiative instead of waiting until the need becomes an emergency. And although much of her work includes helping the firm’s attorneys draft motions, pleadings and other documents, her willingness means she’ll also jump in on everyday tasks that keep the firm running.
“I’d rather have things run smoothly than not,” she said. “So if it’s chasing down a receipt or calling someone or just running and delivering something, a lot of times, it’s just easier to get it done than to worry about trying to find someone who can do it.”
Burchardt started at the firm in May 2017 as a legal assistant and worked her way into her goal position as a paralegal. She mainly works for attorney Emily Swanson, but is always ready to jump in to help Lasater & Martin’s other attorneys if needed.
She said she was drawn to the legal field after majoring in sociology and minoring in legal studies along with health and society, and wanted to explore the legal profession more before making a commitment to go to law school.