Natalie L. Athas

athas.natalie@dorsey.com



Natalie has over 25+ years of litigation experience and has assisted in 50+ court /jury trials and arbitration proceedings throughout the State of California. Prior to her paralegal attestation, Natalie served as Secretary for the Orange County Legal Secretaries Association Executive Board and personally prepared the Annual Civil Case Management Syllabus for two consecutive years. Natalie also served as a Board Member for Oak Creek Elementary Parent/Teacher Association and helped organize, and participated, in many Oak Creek events for countless years. 

Natalie has been an OCPA member since 2012 and currently serves as Director at Large for the 2020 Board of Directors, Pro Bono Section Chair, Employment Law Section Co-Chair and mentor.  Natalie is passionate about organizing pro bono events to provide OCPA members various volunteer opportunities to help support local communities. Some events organized were Miracles for Kids back to school backpacks assembly, Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse food boxes assembly, Orange County Coast Keeper Huntington Beach cleanup, Working Wardrobes donation drive, CHOC Hospital book drive, CASA holiday toy drive, among others.  This year Natalie partnered OCPA with Los Angeles Paralegal Association to support Public Counsel’s Run for Justice pro bono event at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium and together OCPA and LAPA jointly raised over $6,000 in donations, doubling LAPA’s donations from 2019. 

Natalie truly enjoys assisting and participating in all OCPA educational meetings and social gatherings.  She holds the upmost regard for OCPA, supporting the legal community, offering educational meetings/conferences and providing networking opportunities for all legal professionals, including students.  Natalie shares a common interest with her fellow Board Members supporting and promoting OCPA, locally and nationally.  Natalie is grateful for your consideration and nomination as she considers it is a great honor and privilege to serve as an affiliated Member of the OCPA Board of Directors and appreciates the opportunity to assist in making 2021 another successful and eventful year.


 
       

Tanya Chopra

In addition to her service as Director at Large since 2009, Tanya serves as a Co-Chair of Hospitality and the Mentor Program. She previously served as Secretary in 2009-2010 and as co-chair for the OCPA Corporate and Real Estate Section. Tanya has thirteen years of paralegal experience in Corporate Law, Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code Secured Transactions and is currently working at Edwards Lifesciences. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.

Serving on the Board of Directors over the past years has allowed Tanya to put her education and work experience to great use. 


 

Lorena Hughes

Lorena received her bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Cal Poly, Pomona. She previously worked as a manager in the hospitality industry and has extensive experience in business. Lorena moved on to pursue a career in the legal field and earned her Paralegal Certificate at the University of California, Irvine Division for Continuing Education. She is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., specializing in criminal defense and driving under the influence of alcohol and drug cases. Lorena is also a certified Notary Public and Spanish Interpreter at the law firm.

Lorena is currently OCPA’s Compendium Editor and has served in this capacity since 2018. She served as President for OCPA in 2017 and as Vice President of Administration in 2015 and 2016. Lorena is a frequent guest speaker for student paralegal classes at Santa Ana College and UCI Division for Continuing Education. In the past she has chaired the Criminal Section for OCPA, the Hospitality section in 2014 and 2018-2019, and co-chaired the 27th Annual OCPA Educational Conference. 

Lorena’s goal is to continue contributing towards OCPA’s mission, paying it forward and sharing the value of learning through the OCPA organization and how it can help make positive and meaningful changes, both personally and professionally. Lorena believes in the high standards that OCPA has set for educational, career, and networking opportunities that have been specially designed for the membership over the years. Lorena enjoys and feels honored to have had the opportunity to know others and build relationships over the years during the time serving with OCPA.




Tracy Morgan, CP 
tmorgan2@gibsondunn.com

Tracy has been in the legal industry for nearly 20 years and has been a paralegal for most of that time.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education.

Tracy started her legal career as a legal secretary working in-house for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company where, after obtaining her paralegal certificate, she transitioned into the role of paralegal.  Since then Tracy has worked for large law firms and, most recently, for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher where she has been a litigation paralegal for nearly 15 years handling various matters including general litigation, wage and hour class actions, mass tort, international litigation, patent litigation and unfair import investigations (Section 337) before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Tracy has previously served the Orange County Paralegal Association as a Director at Large during 2004, 2005 and 2017-2020 and has been Co-chair of the OCPA Student Section since 2018.

Tracy is passionate about the paralegal profession as a career choice and is excited to share her passion and enthusiasm for the paralegal profession with others.  Tracy believes she can do this by serving as an Orange County Paralegal Association board member.  Her goals for 2021 are to assist the Orange County Paralegal Association with continuing to provide exceptional educational programs to its members that are both interesting and relevant.  Tracy would also like to continue to work with paralegal students and endeavors to enhance and improve the OCPA Student Section.


Carrera Mullinax, CP

carreramullinax@gmail.com

Carrera is currently your Mentorship Committee Co-Chair and a former Vice President of Administration (2017), coordinating the 2017 Section meetings. Carrera looks forward to continuing a leadership role on the Board and guiding and connecting our membership together through the OCPA’s Mentor Program. Besides regularly attendance at Section meetings since first becoming a member in 2010, Carrera strongly believes in the continuing education and mentoring of fellow paralegals. To that end, Carrera actively volunteers as a mentor for the UCI Division of Continuing Education’s Paralegal Certificate Program, has previously taught at OCPA’s CP/CLA review course, and hosted 2016’s OCPA Member Family Day event.

Carrera is a National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)–certified paralegal and currently works as the paralegal to the City Attorney for the City of Newport Beach since 2014. Prior to her current job, she worked in private practice in Family Law and Probate for seven years. Her experience in both transactional law and litigation allows her to relate to a variety of fellow paralegals in our industry.

Her role in the City Attorney’s office continues to assist her in being an excellent member of Board of Directors because she helps steer a large organization in managing its people, projects, and liabilities. She fulfills and helps similar responsibilities and duties that are required and valued in both the City and OCPA. These responsibilities include excellent service to their constituents, being a role model of integrity, understanding conflicts of interest, preservation of confidentiality, protection of assets, and maintaining ethical values.


Leanna Su

leanna.ocpa@gmail.com

Leanna works as a Corporate Paralegal in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Brown and Streza LLP. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Law & Society from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and completed the Paralegal Certificate program at the University of California, Irvine in 2016. Earlier this year, she obtained her Contract Management Certificate at the University of California, Irvine.

Leanna began her legal career while attending UCSD, volunteering as a JusticeCorps intern at San Diego Superior Court's Family Law Facilitator's Office. During her time as a JusticeCorps intern, she worked under the supervision of an attorney and court staff to assist self-represented litigants navigate the legal system. She also volunteered with and eventually served on the board of UCSD's Community Law Project, a student-run organization focused on raising awareness about various social, legal, and policy issues that impact under-represented communities. After obtaining her Paralegal Certificate, Leanna worked as a family law paralegal in a boutique law firm specializing in family law and criminal defense before joining Brown and Streza. Currently, Leanna works closely with Brown and Streza's Mergers & Acquisitions department to facilitate transactions from start to finish, from the review and maintenance of due diligence materials to the management and delivery of closing documents.

As a member of the OCPA, Leanna has come to understand the importance of fostering a community of support and education. She has personally experienced the positive impact of the OCPA, and she hopes to give back to the community by continuing to serve on its board in 2021. In the coming year, Leanna would like to dedicate more time to both the Orange County paralegal community as well as the local community.

 

 

 

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