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Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen Agency Contractor

Registered Nurse with Professional Writing Skills

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 6

I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's Degree of 17+ yrs. I hold various certifications and work experiences in the healthcare field from home health care to long-term care insurance case management. I have knowledge and expertise in reviewing medical records and creating case chronologies and written documentation of reports. I have written articles on LinkedIn, published a written article in a professional journal, and have recently authored a chapter on Patients' Rights in a legal nursing book set to be published in 2015. I am currently finishing up my Master's degree in Health Care Operations Management. Past work experiences include preparing attorneys for trial with regards to medical record interpretations, medical review/case chronologies, medical/legal research on cases, participating in depositions, and consulting with attorneys and other persons to educate on healthcare topics and standards of care. I currently own a small business in which I provide services for Freelance medical related writing and general nurse consulting. Certifications: Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Legal Nurse Consultant- Certificate, Certificate in Patient Advocacy

Associated with: Advocate Nurses, LLC

100% Job Success
$60.00 /hr
12 hours

Bernardo Grossi

Bernardo Grossi



Attorney at Law and Law Professor in Brazil. Focused in Telecommunications, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law. Author of a book about copyright law and computer programs. I graduated in Law in '04 at PUC (elected 5 times as the best private university in Brazil) and joined a postgraduate "lato sensu" course in Civil Litigation in the same year. Since then, I attended courses at Harvard Law School and the World Intellectual Property Organization mostly focused in Internet Law and Intellectual Property. Recently, I've been admitted in the Masters Degree at PUC in Private Law, which I shall finish at the end of '14. I'm writing a paper suggesting a radical shift in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice jurisprudence regarding copyright law, liability and computer programs whose rights belongs to foreigners. Founded my firm in '08 (Grossi Paiva Sociedade de Advogados), dedicated to advise companies in markets such as media, telecommunications, insurance, franchise, construction and real estate. Prior to that, I worked as a trainee, lawyer and senior lawyer at big-law firms. As part of my pro bono activities, I've been appointed as Auditor of the Sports Court since '09 with responsibility for the prosecution of disciplinary infractions committed by soccer players. Also, a founding member of Instituto Libertà, a nonprofit civil association that aims to foster initiatives to minimize the effects of social inequality and elected as the President of it's Board (2011-2013 and 2013-2015) and member of the audit committee of Casa Girassol Fraternidade Espírita Cristã. Elected to the Board of the Brazilian Association of IT and Communications (2012-2014) and Counselor of the Brazilian Association of IT Law (2010-2013 - resigned in mid-2013 due to conflict of interests).

$111.11 /hr
0 hours

Jill Fultz

Jill Fultz

Experience Adminstrative Assistant

United States - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 5

QUALIFICTIONS *Polite, respectful, and courteous manners *Responsible, efficient, and flexible *Ability to work in a fast-paced, intense environment smoothly *Competent and reliable professional, committed to top quality work *Versatile and multi-skilled person *Resourceful in solving problems and maximizing resources *Enthusiastic, dependable, self-motivated *Skilled in handling the public with diplomacy and professionalism *Demonstrated ability to adapt to new equipment & technology *Research skills * General Bookkeeping *Business Correspondence * Maintaining Calendar & Docketing *Transcribing dictation * Staff Training *Travel Logistics *Records Management SKILLS *In depth knowledge of Microsoft Office suites and internet telephone operations *Relevant experience in software applications such as, Excel, Assess, Outlook, PowerPoint, One Note *QuickBooks * Ability to work with several operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows 2007 and Windows 8 *Google Document management *Understanding of all Social media marketing accounts such as, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ *Pacer *Summation *Time Management programs *Lexis/Nexis *Westlaw *Rapid Court *TLO *MyCase Software *Quick learner of new software applications. *Word processing – Ability to type 65 words per minute. *All the latest office equipment, such as fax, scanner and copy machine.

67% Job Success
$17.00 /hr
2,123 hours

Kezia Lounel Badulid

Kezia Lounel Badulid

Certified Geek (Project Manager, Researcher, Trainer, Paralegal)

United States - Tests: 17

"HONOR & EXCELLENCE!" - living up to the UP Motto • Highly detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational and communication skills • Superb Project Management, Event Organizing, problem solving & prevention skills • Experience in Business Planning & Development utilizing strong research skills • Type 80 wpm, expert level in all MS-Office programs and Google applications • Highly tech-savvy, with long experience in computer troubleshooting and repair, computer assembly and setup, technical support (and tutorial) over the phone and over the internet • Skilled in website development (HTML, Content Management Systems and a little PHP & MySQL), web hosting, search engine optimization, and publishing; and adept in various computer softwares, such as MS-DOS, Windows 9X, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows 7, MS-Office, mIRC, Adobe Pagemaker & Photoshop, SPSS, and many others • Two decades of intermittent legal assistant experience in the Philippines, doing online legal research and drafting all kinds of contracts, extrajudicial settlements, affidavits, pleadings, etc. • Knowledgeable in the patent industry, including but not limited to collecting and collating US (mostly from USPTO PAIR) & foreign patent documents, making patent family maps & diagrams, monitoring litigations and analysis & data extraction from litigation documents • Fluent in English, Filipino, Waray & Cebuano, with a customer satisfaction focus • Resume available at • Latest LinkedIn Profile at

$40.00 /hr
0 hours

Mark Shipowick

Mark Shipowick

Tax, business and immigration attorney.

United States - Tests: 1

I began my career as a legal intern at Cunningham Swan in Kingston, Canada in 1989 then practiced under senior attorney Doran R. Henderson before founding the Shipowick law office in 1992. My practice included business, insurance, and mortgage litigation, criminal appeals and a variety of administrative tribunal work. In 1997 I transitioned to the Canadian federal government working as a business adviser and tax auditor for ten years for Canada’s IRS called the CRA – Canada Revenue Agency. My audits covered a range of domestic and international tax areas including business income, value added tax, capital gains, international stock option/securities transactions, foreign passive income laws, residency for tax purposes and migration rules. In July 2014 I was admitted to the NY state bar. I provide in-depth tax research and analysis of complex and perplexing tax issues. As a tax auditor I routinely relied on CCH's tax service, (Wolters Kluwer) in my view the leading tax service but of course the ultimate responsibility for correctly applying the law rests with counsel. On a personal note, I have an ongoing interest in constitutional law and first amendment freedoms, homeschooling, in education/agriculture integration, sustainable living, health, building, and innovations in transportation, for example, VTOL aircraft.

$175.00 /hr
6 hours

Nick P

Nick P

Talented and Committed Business and Marketing Consultant

New Zealand - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

I have a host of experience in the business and legal sectors and am wanting to develop my skill set further with involvement in international ventures and projects. Having worked with a range of different clients and companies, I have been able to gain valuable insights into the standards required in the marketplace and have produced exceptional reports and results. I am currently involved in a legal capacity for a technology start-up and am operating several other creative projects as a hobby. I am looking for one off or part time projects which would allow me to use and further develop the skills that I have acquired. I am interested in legal research and advice, financial planning, social media marketing, market research, business plans and business writing.

97% Job Success
$44.44 /hr
966 hours

Demetrece W.

Demetrece W.


United States - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 4

While working within the legal environment I have managed projects, paralegals, and departments. Other experience includes working on mass litigation cases involving hundreds of clients as well as assisting the solo attorney grow their practice. In addition to managing cases and law offices, I have assisted in the training of first and second year lawyers in the practice of law. My writing experience consist of drafting legal pleadings ranging from complaints, trial briefs, appeals briefs, agreements, and other various and routine legal documents within the law office/department. These writings were utilized in bankruptcy, civil, criminal, administrative, governmental agency, and corporate law areas. Additional writing experience includes writing self-help legal articles in the areas of bankruptcy, civil, family, worker's comp, and tax law. My experience also includes working with individuals in preparing legal documents to present to the court, with or without an attorney. Additional experience includes document review for pre-litigation and discovery purposes, and legal research using LexisNexis and Westlaw to determine the viability of legal arguments. Once the document review and research was completed, I prepared motions and memorandum for the assigned attorney to review for submission to the respective court, whether federal or state. As a paralegal with such diverse attributes and skills, I can assist any person ranging from a law firm looking to outsource work, to the individual or business owner looking to lower their cost, as well as the solo attorney who needs to contract work to achieve their budgeted goals. For more information visit

96% Job Success
$35.00 /hr
244 hours

Rebecka Whitmarsh-Wilson

Rebecka Whitmarsh-Wilson


United States - Tests: 5

**** ATTORNEY LICENSED IN NEW YORK, TEXAS, AND NEW JERSEY **** I can do anything your business needs, including writing handbooks and employment contracts, reviewing and revising contracts, filing litigation, propounding discovery, and settling cases. I have litigation and negotiation experience. I also have extensive legal writing and research experience, including being certified by Westlaw and LexisNexis. I am also a published author, and I regularly write for a question and answer site. I also have editing experience, and can review and edit your blog posts, briefs, letters, and any other written documents. I am available by skype, phone, and e-mail. I have a fully-equipped home office with scanning and printing equipment.

100% Job Success
$45.00 /hr
126 hours

Jeri B.

Jeri B.

Government Capture Manager, Proposal Writer, Researcher

United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 2

I am an experienced project manager; proposal writer, coordinator and manager; and researcher, writer, auditor, and analyst, with a niche service in government consulting and capture. I have 20 years' government experience in RFP development and proposal response (management, coordination, writing, and analysis). I am a full-time, Shipley-trained, freelance proposal writer with 20 percent of my work on Upwork; the remainder of my work is with non-virtual clients. NOTE REGARDING SATISFACTION RATE: I have had an UNUSUALLY high number of Upwork clients in the last 6 months that do not QUALIFY for government consideration and we do not move forward; the outcome is usually professional clients--however, recently, some clients have been so disappointed that they have argued and demanded refunds to no fault of my own, and I believe this is affecting my satisfaction rate. I have no option but to close the job, even for those that demand I continue or risk poor feedback (PLEASE NOTE the number of contractors that have long-term open jobs with little earned: this is to avoid poor feedback) . Responding to proposals for clients that do not meet minimum quals substantially is a no-win situation for the client and myself. For my long-term clients that qualify for government work, THEY ARE 100 PERCENT SATISFIED. PLEASE SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: GOVERNMENT CONSULTING AND PROPOSAL MANAGEMENT. I've directly consulted and advised government since 1995, either within government, or in a national management consulting firm. I take all the skills at my disposal: analysis, research, audit, writing--to provide best practice solutions. I have worked as a project director, project manager, and team lead, conducting activities, writing and editing reports, developing work and audit plans, and all served as a practice area proposal coordinator while remaining 87% billable. I've helped businesses pursue government work since 2006. I utilize advanced PM practices to sequence activities based on priority, and condensed from the Shipley process. If you seek government proposal work, I'll ask that you respond to the portfolio document: Client Scoping. CONTENT AREAS: ambulance billing, airport operations, automated passport control (APC), economic development, education (K-12, IHE), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), electronic patient care reporting (ePCR), franchise operations, health level seven (HL7), high reliability, labor, lean six sigma, government, legislation, public safety, SAAS, statutory research, theory of constraints, trades, transportation, workforce. PROJECT MANAGER (OPERATIONS, NOT I.T.). I've been an operational project manager since 1995. I've developed full-blown work plans, communications plans, and status and final reports. I currently use two PM software applications. RESEARCHER. I've been a researcher since 1991. This skill enabled me to pursue work as a yellow-book auditor because both are based on documented facts. My research is independent, fact-based, and very often collaborative. WRITER. I've been a professional writer since 1995, to include press releases, summaries, white papers, reports, proposals, RFP's, and more. AUDITOR and ANALYST. I am a trained performance auditor with documented experience. This type of auditing is specific to processes and data. Within this category is cost accounting. I've been an analyst since 1995, analyzing performance, revenue, budget, and so much more. *********************************************************** TERMS: My gross rate ranges (pre-transaction fee) are: $25 - $35: government capture and research; business research $35 - $50: proposal management, analysis, coordination, writing $50 - $75: government business development and capture * My rates are flexible depending on perceived need, so please provide as much information as possible. * I will work fixed price but (1) need upfront milestone to start unless mutually agreed; and (2) I set milestones. * I don't work for commission. * I don't work set hours unless I have the capacity. Should you wish more of an employee arrangement, where you set the hours and dictate how the work should be done, please contact oDesk Payroll, and I am pleased to consider that option. * I don't work for clients of other clients. Have your client contact me directly. ***********************************************************

86% Job Success
$27.78 /hr
701 hours

Kelly T.

Kelly T.

Corporate Paralegal

United States - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 1

I am a professional corporate paralegal with over 5 years of experience working in the legal field. I specialize in contract drafting & review, legal research, corporate law, and intellectual property law. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in Legal Studies from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

100% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
577 hours