Fran Chernowsky, a paralegal since 1977, is experienced in insurance defense, complex litigation, mass tort cases, construction defect, business litigation, and matters involving technical issues. A life-long computer enthusiast, Ms. Chernowsky also keeps up with the trends in legal technology.
She has been actively involved in the legal community, and helped establish professional and educational standards for paralegals. She has served three terms as President of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association and was twice-elected Executive Director of the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. In 1998, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Paralegal Education appointed Ms. Chernowsky to be a member of the Site Inspection Team to review the curriculum of paralegal schools. In 1987, the State Bar of California appointed Ms. Chernowsky to serve on its Public Protection Committee which studied the unauthorized practice of law by non-attorneys.
In addition, she has written articles about paralegal and computer utilization for national and state publications, has addressed bar and paralegal groups around the country, has served as an expert witness regarding billing and ethical issues, and has taught in several paralegal training programs.
Ms. Chernowsky received her Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and a Certificate in Litigation from the University of California – Los Angeles Attorney Assistant Training Program, an A.B.A.-approved paralegal program.