Trudy McQuiddy is REAP’s 2016 Paralegal of the Year!!
Trudy McQuiddy, CP has been chosen by the membership as REAP’s 2016 Paralegal of the Year and she will be our nominee for CAPA’s Paralegal of the Year at the CAPA conference in June.
Trudy is a litigation paralegal with 22 years’ experience. She holds a B.A. from Sonoma State University where she also graduated from the paralegal program.
Trudy joined REAP (then Redwood Empire Legal Assistants or RELA) as a student and volunteered to serve as newsletter editor. In 2005 she rejoined the RELA board, holding the position of secretary. In 2008, she became REAP’s representative to the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA). In 2011, Trudy was elected Treasurer of CAPA and in 2013, she was elected President of CAPA. She served two terms as CAPA President, and presently serves as CAPA’s Board Advisor.
In 2011, she assisted with the Certified Paralegal Workshop hosted by REAP, presenting a session on Judgment & Analysis. As a result of this presentation, she decided to pursue obtaining her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants, and successfully completed the two-day examination in 2011.
Since then, Trudy has taught sessions on Judgment & Analysis and Civil Litigation as part of Certified Paralegal Workshops for REAP, CAPA and the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County. With her supervising attorney, Bonnie Freeman, Trudy presented a program to REAP members on “100 Days Before Trial.” In addition, she has presented on topics related to non-profit boards, including “Board or Bored? How to Build a Better Board” at the 2011 CAPA Leadership Conference held in Santa Rosa, “Cultivating Leaders of Tomorrow” as part of a panel discussion at the 2013 CAPA Leadership Conference in Bakersfield, and a program on growing association boards through engaging members and succession planning as part of CAPA’s “Team Talk Tuesday” program. Trudy has also worked with attorney Bill Adams, Grace De La Torre, CP, and Deborah Cain, CP, to prepare and present REAP’s fun-tastic annual ethics programs, “Ethics Jeopardy” and “Family Feud.”
As a senior paralegal with Senneff Freeman & Bluestone, LLP, in Santa Rosa, Trudy specializes in civil litigation. She also has extensive experience in general business transactions, corporate formations and compliance, real property transactions, estate planning, trust administration and probate.
Actively involved in the community, Trudy is a past board member of Schools Plus, an organization dedicated to raising funds for sports, music and art programs in Santa Rosa City Schools, and the Santa Rosa Youth Soccer League, both as a board member and as a youth soccer coach and referee.