Law School

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Graduation Year

2015

States Barred

Illinois

Current City

Chicago, Illinois

Career Highlights

The Legal Pen, Chicago, IL - Founding Legal Research & Writing Attorney  Nov. 2019 – Present
Founding Legal Research & Writing Attorney (Remote)
• Draft pleadings, motions, trial briefs, settlement agreements, supporting  memoranda and internal legal memoranda for family law, criminal law, and general civil law firms
• Conduct state-specific legal and statutory research using online research databases 
• Provide individualized consultations to attorneys to discuss legal drafting and editing needs 

The Law Offices of Max Elliott, Ltd., Chicago, IL - Contract Legal Writing Attorney                           
Sep. 2018Jun. 2019  
• Drafted individualized estate planning documents (i.e. wills, trusts, and powers of attorney)
• Drafted legal memoranda in support of probate court motions  
• Researched legal and statutory issues regarding probate and estate planning law and tracked significant statutory developments 
• Summarized legal research findings in internal memos to the managing attorney
 
Pietrucha Firm, LLC, Chicago, IL - Contract Legal Writing Attorney                  Apr. 2018 – Aug. 2018 
• Drafted FMLA complaints, EEOC complaints, and state retaliatory discharge complaints 
• Conducted statutory and legal research into federal, state and regulatory employment law matters
 
Chicago Advocate Legal, Chicago, IL - Contract Family Law Attorney (Remote)                                         
May 2015 – May 2017
• Represented low-income clients in divorce cases by valuing assets; advising on property division; and advocating for proper property distribution, alimony, and child support payments
• Drafted dissolution petitions, alimony petitions, child support petitions, motions, discovery requests, marital settlement agreements and legal correspondence  

Lawndale Christian Legal Center, Chicago, IL- Law Clerk                             
May 2013 – Aug. 2013
• Conducted 4th amendment legal research and Illinois Criminal Code analysis  
• Drafted pre-trial motions (i.e. Motions to Suppress Evidence and Motions to Quash Arrest) and discovery requests

Children's Legal Rights Journal, Chicago, IL  - Associate Editor                       
Aug. 2012– May 2013
• Edited legal articles for errors in language, grammar, syntax, organization, argument efficacy and legal citation
• Provided content recommendations  

Areas of Practice

  • Workers Compensation
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Labor & Employment
  • Appeals
  • Administrative Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigation

Overview

Raydia Martin graduated with a dual degree in Law and Social Work (JD/MSW) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2015. She began her legal career as a family law attorney at a non-profit law firm, helping bring closure to low-income clients engaged in difficult legal battles. Afterwards, she worked as an estate planning attorney and used her technical writing skills to develop estate plans that established financial security for hundreds of families.

Raydia worked as a legal writer and editor for family law, criminal law, employment law, and general civil litigation firms before launching her career as a Legal Research and Writing Attorney in 2018. She has helped attorneys all over the United States produce professional legal documents that effectively advocate for their clients’ best interests. Her technical writing and editing background has helped her develop a writing style that is clear and concise, yet effectively conveys a client’s personal story and need for restoration and justice. She is fueled by her belief that written advocacy is equally as powerful as oral argument, and her mission is to assist other attorneys with effective written legal representation.

Raydia is a licensed Illinois attorney, a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and founder of the "Let's Talk Legal Writing" Facebook group. She enjoys roadtripping with her husband and 2 children, journaling and doing jigsaw puzzles. 




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