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2011 Unsung Heroes – Lifetime achievement – Judy Peters

By: Justin Kern//November 18, 2011//

2011 Unsung Heroes – Lifetime achievement – Judy Peters

By: Justin Kern//November 18, 2011//

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Judy Peters
Legal assistant and weekend supervisor, Foley & Lardner LLP

On Friday afternoons, when happy hour or weekends with the family start to dominate the minds of many workers, Judy Peters hits her stride.

It’s when Peters, legal assistant and weekend supervisor at Foley & Lardner, corrals the numerous requests for weekend services from nearly 600 attorneys and administrators, and chips away at the various requests for the stream of work that goes on after traditional business hours.

Working through the weekend, Peters prepares meetings and communications, arranges schedules, makes sure lights and heat are on in certain offices, and puts together deliveries or dining.

Eden Minucci, legal support supervisor at the firm, said Peters’ skill at working past technical glitches and pulling off large Saturday afternoon meetings keeps the firm seamlessly moving forward, long after most everyone has gone home.

“Consistently, she’s service driven right from the beginning,” Minucci said. “Outgoing, energetic, she wants to take care of things, and that’s why she’s thrived for so long.”

Peters has “been in this game long enough that she knows what questions to ask, where to look and where to find just about anything out,” Minucci said.

She regularly takes on new technology, which is impressive for someone whose personnel file contains a shorthand test. Peters also provides instrumental assistance, Minucci said, with attorneys’ published work.

— Justin Kern

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