Karin Tupper has seen a lot change in more than 30 years of working as a paralegal, like in the regulatory changes or how technology has changed preparing documents.
“[The lawyers] are kind of in the forefront, and I’m doing everything in the background … trying to make sure all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted,” she said. And while her work might not always be at the forefront, she said she knows when she’s doing her job well: “When I see the big picture of what we need to do, and I’m instrumental in getting us there.”
She’s worked at Moye White for five years and assists the business attorneys with securities transactions and works with a variety of different lawyers. Tupper also helped with securities work when she started her paralegal career in 1987, so she’s come full circle in that sense. She’s stayed in the area of transactional work, and in addition to securities law, Tupper’s work has touched other business law areas such as initial public offerings, trademark filings and franchising. She’s seen a lot of changes to the regulatory landscape like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as the evolution of administrative processes, such as the advent of the SEC’s EDGAR filing system.