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Anita Wenrick Peterson

Paralegal

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Education

Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Anita assists our Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. She has more than 26 years of complex litigation paralegal experience in numerous areas of law, including construction, intellectual property, commercial transactions, product liability, international arbitration, insurance defense and personal injury.  

Anita implements case management systems, using Excel spreadsheets, Relativity, Summation and CaseMap databases to organize voluminous information, creating detailed settlement brochures, preparing for and attending depositions and trials, conducting witness interviews, drafting witness outlines (direct and cross), coordinating detailed checklists, orchestrating development of exhibits and developing complex trial notebooks.  

Anita also has experience in family law, including divorce and custody matters.

Representative Matters

  • Trial management director for lawsuit defending third-party complaint alleging fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty (dismissed on summary disposition) and innocent misrepresentation.  The Court ultimately awarded our client case evaluation sanctions in the amount of $559,158.50, including my fees of $40,590.  Assisting trial counsel at trial included coordination with Court regarding electronic evidence and availability of courtroom technology, organizing trial exhibits and marking additional trial exhibits, identification of objections and exhibits admitted by Court, taking copious and detailed notes for follow up objections and witness cross-examination, coordinating witnesses, handling demonstrative exhibits.
  • Trial management director for lawsuit defending breach of contract and account stated with counterclaim for violation of Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Court found no cause for breach of contract and account stated, and granted in part for unjust enrichment and counterclaim.  Client was awarded attorney fees, including paralegal fees. 
  • Trial management director for two separate several weeks’ long family law trials involving custody and alimony matters.  Both plaintiffs were awarded sole physical custody and generous alimony. 
  • Primary paralegal for Defendant defending claims under the Lanham Act and Michigan Consumer Protection Act where a mother of a child diagnosed with brain cancer purchased supplements from Defendant.  Several years later, Plaintiff contacted Defendant and offered her testimonial and offered to endorse its products.  She returned the standard release.  After Defendant ascribed a variety of testimonials to Plaintiff, she sued alleging false endorsement, false advertising and misappropriation of name and likeness under the Lanham Act, the Michigan Consumer Protection Act and Michigan Consumer Law.  Based on unambiguous language of the release, the district court summarily dismissed all of Plaintiff’s claims.  The appeals court affirmed.
  • Trial management director for Defendant defending patent infringement lawsuit involving bifurcated trials over numerous days.  In phase one, the jury found that the product did not infringe and the matter was upheld on appeal.  In phase two, the Judge reduced the jury award of damages by two-thirds.  The matter was upheld on appeal.  Assisting counsel at trial included coordination with Court regarding electronic evidence and availability of courtroom technology, assisting with juror questionnaires for juror voir dire and selection, organizing trial exhibits and marking additional trial exhibits, identification of objections and exhibits admitted by Court, taking copious and detailed notes for follow up objections and witness cross-examination, coordinating witnesses, handling demonstrative exhibits.
  • Primary paralegal for Plaintiff regarding construction litigation lawsuit, originally 1 plaintiff and 34 defendants filed in 1992 and settled in September 1999, less than two weeks before a trial that was to involve more than 2,000 exhibits, about 1 million documents and more than 100 potential witnesses.  Facilitative mediation in 1995 settled with 29 of the 34 original litigants.  The primary defendants left after the April 1995 settlement, the out-of-state designer and licensor of exterior panels which cracked and leaked, and an engineering company that designed both the air shaft wall system and the “once through” HVAC system.
  • Primary paralegal for Defendant in breach of contract litigation where Plaintiff claimed that Defendant’s underground containing piping and sump systems were negligently installed and/or sump and piping systems were defective products.  Litigation involved 13 gas station sites and more than a dozen attorneys with scores of depositions taken and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents exchanged among the parties.

Honors

Western Michigan University and Grand Valley University, Graduate course work in human resources development and social work

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan, Legal Assistant Section 2013-present

Teaching

Davenport College Instructor, Editing Skills