Although Adam Premo officially serves as a paralegal and facilities manager at the full-service law firm, Axley Brynelson, in Madison, he has a sweeping catalogue of duties within his role.
As a high-demand paralegal, his responsibilities include requesting and summarizing records for numerous attorneys in various fields, helping the eminent-domain team with condemnation work and reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents for document production and witness depositions.
As the facilities manager, Premo handles tasks such as ordering furniture and rekeying suites. He was also credited not only with spearheading a multi-million dollar remodel of the organization’s downtown office, but also with helping the firm seamlessly maintain workflows after a flood left standing water on all three floors of the office.
He is also a certified administrator for a software program used by the company, the head of records management and the go-to planner for employee events, such as luncheons, holiday parties and blood drives.
Premo received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, but struggled to find stimulating work in the tough economy, so he returned to school to receive his paralegal certificate. In addition to the many roles he takes on, Premo is now enrolled in accounting classes. Colleagues joke that soon he will come back with his J.D.
“I’ve been told I have strong initiative,” Premo said. “I’m not afraid to speak up and make things more efficient.”
In fact, he is known for his dedication to cost savings and efficiency improvements in the workplace. He began at Axley more than five years ago as a file clerk but moved out of the position when a managing partner asked him to serve as the project manager for the remodel. In the coming year, he will continue to help institute initiatives surrounding the company’s transition to a paperless system.
Although Premo attributes his success to keeping the big picture in mind, it is his attention to small tasks that gets the job done.