Belinda A. Austen

Active Certifications/Registrations:

Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the State of Ohio Unified Certification Program

Certificate of Authorization: Ohio
West Virginia
Business Registration: Pennsylvania

Education: Tiffin University, Associate Degree in Business

Years of Experience: 25 years 

Having prior experience as both an Office Manager for a mid-size Los Angeles law firm and as a Senior Corporate Assistant for a large international law firm, Ms. Austen has an extensive and diverse background in the legal field and in business management.  She is responsible for the management of Austen Surveying, LLC, including all financial aspects/accounting, marketing, human resources, new project development, procurement of projects, project proposals, contracts, client interaction, administrative support, and conducts all court research.

Prior Experience and Qualifications:

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
Managed desk for head Partner of the Bankruptcy group and for a Bankruptcy group Associate of a large international law firm.  Extensive knowledge of court procedures and skills required in the processing of court documents for filings in all branches of the court system, except the Supreme Court; processed documents for recording with County Recorders and for filings with the Secretary of State;  heavy client contact; assisted Partner with business development/administrative matters; assisted Partner with editing of pre-billing, preparation of budgets when needed, and finalization of bills; set up new files for submission to New Business Committee.

Marlin & Saltzman
Management of growing 10 attorney insurance defense firm and secretary to Managing Partner.  Involved in all aspects of a growing firm, including organizing move to new offices.  Provided sole secretarial support to Partner; supervision of personnel; hiring, reviewing, and termination of all clerical staff; training of new employees; expansion of organizational skills, i.e. management of workloads; support for personnel; assisted in designing computer backed document control system for filing in class action cases.

Hagenbaugh & Murphy/Waldman, Bass, Stodel & Graham
Managed desk for Senior Associate in a busy insurance defense firm.  Involved drafting correspondence and pleadings, preparing subpoenas; investigation including locating witnesses, researching claim files and records for preparation of interrogatories and responses as well as requests for production and responses; preparing chronology of claim files and summaries of interrogatories and deposition transcripts; heavy client contact; training new secretaries.

Professional Affiliations: Ohio Contractors Association