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Introduction to Being a Trial Paralegal

Speaker(s): Michael J. Gustavsen, Stan Maderich
Recorded on: Jun. 10, 2021
PLI Program #: 330287

Michael Gustavsen is a senior paralegal in the Boston, MA office of WilmerHale LLP specializing in litigation/controversy.

He has worked on over 20 trials and arbitrations in a variety of court settings, including United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, Superior Court and Probate and Family Court.

Michael graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1997 and received his Paralegal Certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2000. He worked at Day Pitney LLP prior to starting at WilmerHale LLP in 2008. 

Michael has delivered presentations to practice groups on such topics as “The Role of a Paralegal at Trial,” “The Role of a Paralegal in Filing Briefs,” “Best Practices for Working with Paralegals,” and “Hands-on Training for Project Assistants.” 


Stan Maderich is a Senior Paralegal in the Palo Alto, CA office of WilmerHale specializing in litigation.

Stan graduated from Saint John’s University, in Queens, NY in 1999. After graduation, he began his career as a Legal Assistant at a large NY law firm, specializing in IP litigation before moving to WilmerHale in 2006. Stan is a native New Yorker and relocated to the Bay Area in 2017.

Stan has been the lead paralegal at over thirty trials and arbitrations in countless districts across the country, focusing on patent litigation, criminal and anti-trust matters.  Stan is also a member of the firms Trial Support Services team, which focusses on training for paralegals and firm best practices when at trial.