Paul Withrow’s legal support career started a few years after college. He attended Frostburg State University in Maryland and played on the men’s soccer team. He is also an accomplished snow skier and worked as a ski instructor while in college.
After graduation, Paul taught English in South Korea for two years which he says “was a great experience.” He then traveled the world and visited over 30 different countries. After being out of the United States for three full years, he returned to Washington, D.C., and began working in the legal industry. His career started in sales of e-discovery and litigation support services. Three years later Paul switched over to the court reporting side of the industry and his career has been building ever since.
Paul’s entire family is from Nashville. He moved back there a few years ago when he was offered his current position as Business Development Director, specializing in court reporting sales, at Vowell Jennings & Huseby, now known as Huseby, Inc. “I love my job and I love the city of Nashville. I have gained many new friends and met many important people such as judges and the mayor of Nashville. It has also been interesting to learn the cultural differences within the legal community in Nashville compared to Washington, D.C.”
Paul joined NALS Nashville in 2015 in order to network within the legal community. This decision has made a big difference in Paul’s life, professionally and personally. He was “always interested in getting out and helping” and started right away as their 2015 Marketing Director. NALS Nashville “welcomed me with open arms and always encouraged me to be involved.”
Joining NALS helped bring about the highlight of Paul’s career in successfully increasing business within his first year at Huseby in Nashville. He had a “lot of help from the owners Jim Vowell and Gene Jennings,” but also worked very hard to accomplish this and to meet his personal goals at work. Part of this success is due to his involvement with NALS Nashville and meeting more members in the legal community. “I really enjoyed every day and wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
He is now serving as the NALS Nashville Chapter President for 2016-2017, which he feels is an honor and a privilege. “I am really grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received from everyone, and I can honestly say that I am a better person because of each member of NALS that has crossed my path.”
Paul’s theme this year is “Team Up With NALS & Navigate Your Future” because he believes that “when we join together and work for a common goal we can be a strong and powerful force. Not only will our coming together continue to support legal professionals in the Nashville community, but we will have the tools needed to navigate our future to whatever professional level we desire.”
“NALS is not only an organization that gives back to the community, but also one that improves legal professionals as individuals. NALS Nashville Chapter is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, nonprofit, and nonunion organization of legal secretaries, paralegals, and others in the legal support industry. We promote quality education through monthly Lunch & Learns, three levels of certifications, and have interesting and informative articles in our monthly newsletter, The Verdict. We have opportunities to network with people in the same field, share information on career opportunities and pro bono activities in our city.”
“NALS helps me to network within the legal community at all events. It also helps me to understand and learn the role of legal professionals, which helps me better understand my clients’ needs. NALS is ultimately what you decide to make of it.”
Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, PLS, is currently the Departmental Business Manager for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Office of Educational Development. She worked in research administration for many years following a legal assistant role in contract, real estate, and estate planning law. She loves being a member of NALS and learning about the members and the activities of NALS' legal education.