ANITA MESTRES, PARALEGAL

EDUCATION

UNIVERSIDAD PRIVADA ANTENOR ORREGO, Trujillo, Peru
BACHELOR OF LAW (6 year degree)

BACKGROUND

Anita is Mr. Lanin’s paralegal and legal assistant. She assists the firm with commercial litigation, foreclosure and loan modification, bankruptcy, business and real estate law, and collection/creditor’s rights matters.

Anita is a licensed and experienced attorney in Peru. She returned to the United States to pursue a legal career here. In Peru, she worked as a Junior Lawyer and as a Legal Coordinator for a prestigious law firm, Estudio Muniz, where she handled debt recovery and collection law and represented Peru’s leading banks. Her responsibilities included managing her department’s legal team, representing banks in litigation and court proceedings, drafting civil lawsuits, appeals, and other legal documents, and participating as a legal advisor in all bank strategy meetings. Before that, Anita worked as a legal assistant for a law firm in Peru where she assisted with scheduling and the calendar, legal research, filing court pleadings, and organizing files and exhibits for trials. During law school in Peru, Anita interned at La Libertad Superior Court of Justice in Trujillo, Peru. Her goal is to pursue an LLM degree in a few years and then take the New York bar exam.

Anita has the professional skills and training that are an integral part of a busy, successful law office.  Her prior experience and training makes her well-suited to manage multiple responsibilities.  She has excellent management, interpersonal, multitasking, and communication skills. She is a team member who is organized and focuses on detail and high accuracy.

Anita is trained in several programs, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Clio (Cloud File Management), Adobe, Google Docs, and Next Chapter Bankruptcy software. She assists Attorney Scott Lanin with the preparation of court documents, including summons and complaints, answers, subpoenas, affidavits, legal briefs (memoranda of law), and exhibits, and with online searches and e-filing on the New York State Case Electronic Filing System, the Federal Electronic Case Filing system, PACER, and ACRIS.

Anita is also bilingual (English and Spanish). Her duties include managing the firm’s litigation calendar, drafting and filing legal documents, and managing our office. She is our client liaison, communicating with clients in person in the office or by zoom video, by phone, and by email. Our clients find her positive demeanor and helpful attitude reassuring.

If you are unable to reach Mr. Lanin and would like immediate assistance, please contact Anita at (212) 764-7250 ext. 203 or by email to anita@laninlaw.com.