Sandra Valiente joined Alan Lescht and Associates as a paralegal in 2015. Prior to joining our firm, she studied at Columbia College and obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the Paralegal Institute of Washington. Sandra completed an internship at a boutique firm which specialized in employment and labor law. During her internship, she assisted with a case against a top DC university, by conducting extensive research, attending depositions and serving subpoenas. The internship helped prepare her for new career with our firm.
Sandra handles a number of tasks in our office. At times, she is the first point of contact for potential clients seeking legal representation. She schedules consultations and collects the necessary information to determine how we can assist those seeking our help. Sandra is responsible for the firm's calendar and multiple files. She assists our attorneys with trial preparations, case research, legal documents, program training and any other administrative needs. She assists our clients by providing updates on their cases and by collecting responses and/or documents for discovery. Aside from her paralegal tasks, she also reviews and renews certain vendor accounts and is regularly researching new software that benefits legal firms.
As the spouse of a military service member, Sandra is used to moving often. Prior to her work as a paralegal, she served as a community director in various states. During her time in property management, she became familiar with the regulations between tenants and landlords. As the manager on site, she was responsible for executing lease contracts and solving resident's concerns, all while ensuring the property owner's goals were met. She was constantly recognized for her marketing creativity and leasing results. She was handpicked to travel to properties that lacked productivity; while there she analyzed and executed performance improvement plans.
In 2011, Sandra and her husband left the U.S. to move to Accra, Ghana. While there, she joined the Department of Homeland Security's USCIS division. Sandra was solely responsible for DNA testing, as part of the family reunification program. She took great pride in being part of what helped bring families together, many after not seeing each other for multiple years. She was recognized by the U.S. Embassy for her work within the embassy and her volunteer work in the community. In 2012, the ambassador presented her with a Franklin Award for her work with DHS.
Outside of work, Sandra enjoys traveling, volunteering, photography, and all the restaurant and museum options that D.C. has to offer.