Sue Lavallee is a paralegal who has directly supported Terry Garmey since joining the firm in 2012. Fresh out of high school, Sue started her legal career in 1980, attending paralegal school while working full time at Terry’s former firm.
In her earlier years working as a legal assistant, nearly every lawyer had his own dedicated secretary. With computers replacing shorthand and IBM Selectric typewriters, gone are the days of one-on-one support. But Terry still refers to Sue as ‘my secretary,’ and that’s perfectly okay with her – “at Garmey Law, it’s not lawyers vs paralegals, it’s about all of us, where our input and opinion always matter.”
“I don’t ever see Terry retiring – he loves it too much. Whenever we’re getting ready for a trial or a panel hearing, Terry often says ‘let’s go have fun’.”
From complex litigation cases to more simple motor vehicle accidents, Sue enjoys helping clients navigate the legal challenges that accompany devastating injuries. She is involved in cases from start to finish, assisting with record retrieval, drafting and responding to discovery requests, and preparing for depositions, mediations and trials.
Sue’s attention to detail and organizational skills make her the perfect match to the boss. She is a bit OCD when it comes to her work – some people lovingly joke that she has checklists for her checklists!
When she is not working, Sue enjoys spending time with her husband, children and four adorable grandchildren.