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Sara Troge

PARALEGAL – MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Sara Troge is the Medical Malpractice Litigation Paralegal at Watson & Carroll. She graduated from Iowa Western Community College with an associate’s in Criminal Justice, and Buena Vista University with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice/Business Management. She graduated cum laude and was also on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List throughout matriculation. She served in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Officer after high school and worked surveillance and fraud investigation for various employers prior to college. During college she interned with the Fourth Judicial District Department of Corrections/Probation in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the United States Probation Office in Omaha, Nebraska. She also volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Southwest Iowa CASA (abused and neglected children) and worked for her stepdad, the late Craig H. Borlin, Attorney., all while being a “stay-at-home” mom. She believes her love for the law and criminal justice system stems from being part of a family full of law enforcement officers and lawyers, whose exciting stories interested her while she was growing up. Her paralegal experience consists mainly of defense litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and worker’s compensation.

Sara was born in Mountain View, California, and moved to rural Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of three. She grew up riding motorcycles – being taught by her stepdad at the age of eight, rescuing animals on the acreages she grew up on, raising animals, exploring and loving to just be in nature and everything else that growing up in the country had to offer. Her love for animals and rescuing them landed her in the hospital with her first concussion at the age of ten, and since then she has adopted, adopted out, and cared for many more animals.

Sara has one daughter, Addison, who is currently attending college to obtain her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with Addison. They both love discussing with each other their mutual interest in law, theories regarding crime and the criminal justice system as a whole. In addition to spending time with Addison, Sara enjoys her time with close friends, reading many books at one time (an addiction), researching, photography, writing, hiking, anything involving nature (except hunting), watching sports, astronomy, classic cars, fishing, cooking/baking, creating and listening to most genres of music, especially the classics.

Ashley was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha North High School. Ashley’s journey into the legal field began in 2003, when she became a receptionist for an Omaha law firm (coincidentally, at the same firm at which David Handley was working, and with whom she works now). In 2005, Ashley became a legal assistant at Berkshire & Burmeister. Later, Ashley worked with Rich Schicker, and, in 2018, Watson & Carroll happily welcomed Ashley to the team.

Ashley both enjoys and excels in working with people, legal procedures, and deadlines. Being a legal assistant allows Ashley to combine and utilize her three professional aptitudes in a way that helps people who need it most. Ashley’s favorite part about working at Watson & Carroll is being able to assist our injured clients in finding appropriate treatment and legal closure. In this way, being a legal assistant is more than just a job for her. For that and many other reasons, Ashley is a perfect fit for Watson & Carroll.

Outside the office, Ashley spends time with her amazing family, including her four children. Ashley’s hobbies are vast and diverse, and her artwork is impressive. At any given time, you will find her working on three to four separate projects, some for fun and some at the request of charitable fundraisers. Ashley loves to complete projects with her children for the fun of it and says her projects keep her grounded.

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Ashley Lantis

PARALEGAL – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

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Abby Reid

PARALEGAL – SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Abby is a planner by nature. She has a deep appreciation for the gradual process of organizing day-to-day details and deadlines in order to secure the most important long-term goals and priorities at hand. Preparing early for multiple possible outcomes, she seizes the opportunity to foresee and forestall potential issues before they become problems. This passion for assembling smaller details into larger results is used daily in Abby’s role as a Paralegal.

Originally from Omaha, Abby graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. She was recognized with the dual honors of Outstanding Essay in Literary Criticism and a Special Award for Outstanding Work in English Studies, focusing primarily on Shakespearean works. Upon relocating back to Omaha, Abby held roles in the worlds of project management and administrative assistance before being drawn to the legal field by a strong desire to help others, especially those who need the strongest support from their community. She began as a legal secretary in the practices of family/juvenile law and criminal defense, later progressing as a legal assistant and ultimately a paralegal.

When Abby is not lending support in the office, she’s busy providing support at home as a companion to her pets, an elderly dog and a ferret. Since her dog is now blind, Abby is her “seeing-eye human,” teaching her to navigate the world with confidence. When not outdoors with her pets, Abby enjoys curling up with them indoors to either read a good book or write a new story.

Coming Soon!

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Cindy Jorgensen

PARALEGAL

Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota

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