Velawcity paralegals are senior paralegals, each with a minimum of fifteen years’ experience working in law firms and corporate legal departments. We also have over ten years’ experience providing on-demand, virtual paralegal services to attorneys and their clients. Whether you need on-going paralegal support, quick research or assistance on a specific project, Velawcity is your cost-effective, responsive team member.
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As an alternative legal service provider (ALSP) Velawcity’s mission is to empower lawyers nationwide by offering high-quality, efficient and cost-effective legal support services that fortify law firms and corporations with competitive edge solutions.
Velawcity is your trusted partner. Velawcity paralegals are senior paralegals with over 10 years’ experience working in law firms or corporations with specialties ranging from all things corporate, including entity formation, business filings of all kinds, corporate compliance, transactional management from M&A to secured lending, private and public company securities filings, contract review and administration, and litigation.
Velawcity paralegals easily become an extension to your legal team as your go-to paralegal or as periodic backup for bulk projects such as outsourcing annual report maintenance, minute book clean up projects, contract review and other supplemental projects without expanding your payroll budget.
With over a decade of experience working virtually, we use the best technologies for a productive virtual relationship:
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Very professional, good service and quick to respond and manage all matters. 100% recommended.
Velawcity is a go to resource for me, and has been for the past 10 years. Prompt, courteous, responsible and able to update me on details I may not be aware of or missed. They have made my life simpler and easier; I can't say enough about Velawcity. Thanks Steve and Denise.
I’ve worked with the Velawcity team for years and have found their response time to be amazing and the work product is excellent. I’d recommend Velawcity to any lawyer looking expert paralegal services.
As a solo practitioner working with emerging growth companies, I rely on Velawcity. They are reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, and cost-efficient. Whether I need them to make a Delaware filing, prepare stock certificates, or assist me with a closing (among other things), I know I can count on them.
I have worked with Velawcity and Steve Zagami for close to two years now and worked at large corporations for 7 years prior to joining my current law firm as a corporate transactions attorney. Steve is one of the most professional and responsive people I have ever worked with. In addition to how transparent, reliable, and trustworthy the folks at Velawcity are, I would also point out that Velawcity (1) has a very high-level of expertise in corporate filings (particularly in Delaware) and (2) can offer DirectFile services in 50+ states. When we have questions related to corporate filings and matters with the Secretary of State, Velawcity is who we call.
Like most controllers, undetected compliance issues keep me up at night. So, we hired Velawcity to audit compliance issues. Velawcity found 3 states with issues which were handled efficiently and cost-effectively. In the process Empirix saved $1,800 in Illinois penalties because Velawcity found an Illinois tax amnesty period and ensured the filing was made within the allotted time. Velawcity called to our attention a $65,000 credit in Delaware. Through Velawcity’s efforts, Empirix had that money in the bank within 2 months. To top it off, Velawcity negotiated a volume discount with our registered agent that reduced our annual registered agent invoice by more than 50%. Thanks to Velawcity, Empirix will be saving thousands of dollars annually for years to come. The folks at Velawcity went above and beyond the typical outsourced vendor. I’d recommend Velawcity to any company.
Over many years, I have worked with Denise on a variety of projects, including trademark clearance searches, complicated good standing issues and an incorporation with several stockholders and stockholder agreements. I have found Denise and her team to be knowledgeable, thorough, accessible, accountable and overall, an excellent resource to my practice. I would highly recommend Velawcity to others.
Denise and I have worked together for many years. I was an original client when she founded Virtual Paralegal Services and have relied on her ever since. Whether I’m looking for general corporate or transactional assistance, Denise and her team are my go-to paralegals. Her team is highly experienced, knowledgeable, hardworking and produces an excellent work product. I’d recommend Velawcity to any colleague.
Denise is one of the best paralegals I’ve worked with in my almost 20 years of practicing corporate law. I would definitely recommend her and her team to any lawyer looking for organized, exceptional, knowledgeable and accountable paralegal support.
The Velawcity team consists of excellent paralegals with years of experience in the industry. They are extremely responsive and very knowledgeable about their subject areas which range from corporate law to securities law to intellectual property law and beyond. I would highly recommend Velawcity. They have been invaluable to the success of our business.
We've used Denise's company numerous times to provide paralegal services for our corporate clients. She and her team do a great job. They are very responsive and professional. Denise is also a person of high integrity - I trust her as a business partner to do the right thing for Outside GC and for our clients.
Passkey contracted with Denise to work in-house reviewing and organizing our contract files. Denise created a convenient spreadsheet of all contracts that includes all pertinent information at a glance. She then created an electronic file for all contracts for our easy access. Our contract files are now well-organized which saves our staff significant time and energy in our day-to-day work. We found Denise to be professional, knowledgeable, tenacious and accountable. I would highly recommend her to other corporations looking to access project-based paralegal services at an affordable price.
I’ve been using Steve, Denise and their team for years. My practice is such that I may not need paralegal services for months. But that doesn’t matter to Steve and his team. Whenever I reach out to them, I can count on an immediate response and that my matter will be handled as if I were their most important client. The Velawcity team is an excellent resource to my practice and I would recommend Velawcity to any lawyer looking for on-going or sporadic paralegal assistance.
As one of Denise's first clients I’ve used Denise and her team as the sole source for all of my paralegal service needs for over a decade. Always highly responsive, completely competent, and cost effective, Velawcity brings all of the horsepower of Big Law paralegal services to the small firm/solo practice market at an absurdly small fraction of the cost.
After many years at an established law firm with its own paralegal staff, I started my own firm. As a corporate/securities lawyer, I wanted access to high quality corporate paralegal assistance to which I was accustomed. I searched on-line, but most of the outsourced paralegal providers I found focused upon litigation support, not corporate work. Then I found Steve Zagami, who has been indispensable to my practice. Steve and his team are reasonably priced, knowledgeable and reliable. They react well to emergencies and are a pleasure to deal with. Whether I need simple incorporations, state-to-state conversions, litigation and lien searches, or more complex work, Steve and his team excels. I’d recommend Velawcity without hesitation to those in need of outsourced corporate paralegal assistance.
Steve Zagami and his team have been my go-to paralegals for over five years. Their services are exemplary and their fees are very cost-effective. I’d highly recommend Velawcity to any lawyer.
Velawcity is my secret weapon …
After a corporate name change, we needed to file name amendments in 20 states. We received an estimate from a large service company for $12,987. Before moving forward, we contacted Velawcity for comparison because our GC knew Denise from prior projects. The service Velawcity provided was better than anything I experienced in my years of working for big companies, and the price including all filing and service fees saved BeyondTrust nearly $5,000. I would recommend Velawcity to any legal professional looking for superior service and significant cost-savings.
I worked closely with Denise in a complex transaction that involved, among many other things, a secured line of credit requiring the perfection of security interests in multiple jurisdictions. Denise assumed responsibility for the preparation and filing of all documents necessary for the creation and registration of the entities in the deal as well as all UCC related requirements. She had a total grasp of the structure of the deal and everything that was necessary to accomplish the business objectives of the parties. She responded promptly and effectively to mid-course changes in the structure and terms of the transaction. Her work exceeded -- in thoroughness, timeliness and sophistication -- anything that I have ever experienced in working with a paralegal assistant and was superior to the performance of many associate lawyers in comparable situations. I would unhesitatingly recommend her to any business lawyer who wants to get a deal done with all the loose ends competently tied up.
Velawcity is my go-to corporate service company. I receive expert service with amazingly fast turnaround, and at a great price.
OutsideGC has been using the services of Denise and her team for a number of years in various transactions and we’ve found her to be a valuable asset to our business model. Denise and her company allow business attorneys in small firms and solo practices to access the highly skilled paralegal assistance typically only available to lawyers at large firms. Her team's services excel in all areas: expertise, availability, competence, responsibility, responsiveness and accountability."
Denise Annunciata is the President and Founder of Velawcity. Denise has 33 years’ experience as a corporate paralegal and is a serial entrepreneur. From 1985 to 2000, Denise was a corporate paralegal and paralegal manager in various corporations and law firms. After leaving Ropes & Gray in 2000, she founded LeapLaw™, a legal knowledge base for corporate legal professionals. in 2006, Denise founded Virtual Paralegal Services, Inc., which she operated until 2015 when she sold both companies. During a three-year noncompete, Denise imagined a new and improved, version 2.0, legal services company. Hence, Velawcity Legal Support Services was launched in October 2018.
Denise earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Paralegal Certificate from Bentley University.
Steve is the Senior Vice President of Velawcity. Steve has over 15 years of corporate paralegal experience working on a wide range of corporate matters, including: corporate and transactional matters, financing, formation, dissolution, mergers, entity management and compliance management. Steve delivers cost-effective services to clients while providing an effective approach to help achieve their business objectives.
Steve received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts and his Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern University.
Phyllis is Velawcity’s Lead Securities Paralegal. Phyllis has over 24 years’ experience as a senior paralegal working in major law firms, corporations and at the Securities Exchange Commission. Phyllis has worked in all capacities of the business life cycle from startups, M&A to dissolutions for public and private companies. The latter includes Reg D filings, FINRA applications and corporate actions (forward and reserve splits, name changes, etc.) and most recently a new specialty in crowdfunding and Reg A registrations. Phyllis has prepared commercial loan underwriting packages for SBA loans, and private money in the capital markets. Phyllis also has significant IP experience including TM and copyrights. Lastly, Phyllis is an approved FINRA filer and SEC registered Transfer Agent.
Phyllis holds a BA in Business Management and a Paralegal studies at University of Phoenix. Phyllis is an adjunct instructor in Paralegal Studies at Weber University.
Elle Ferguson is a Senior Corporate Paralegal with 15 years of experience. Prior to her starting with Velawcity, Elle was a vital part of legal and compliance departments several public and private corporations including Fidelity Investments.
Elle has vast experience working on public and private corporate governance matters, domestic and international entity management, contract administration and negotiations, M&A transactions, SEC filings, optimizing finance and account procedures and supporting all department legal issues. Elle is well-versed in serving as legal point of contact for internal and external parties.
Elle received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and her Paralegal Certificate from Boston University.
Sherri Malloy is a Senior Corporate and Litigation Paralegal with over 16 years experience working in law firms and corporations. As a litigation paralegal, Sherri has vast experience with document production, pleadings, discovery, e-filing, case law, document organization. As a corporate paralegal, Sherri has vast experience with entity organization, formation dissolution, foreign registrations/withdrawals, transactional assistance, mergers, and blue sky related filings.
Sherri received her Associates of Arts degree from College of Lake County, Graylake IL and her Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Mantas is a Global Law Specialist with over 7 years of experience in corporate legal field worldwide. Working as a lawyer at global companies in Europe and providing legal international services for large corporate structures worldwide, Mantas has become a worth trusty professional with wide range of experience in corporate governance. Main fields of practice: company incorporations and dissolutions, corporate changes and annual compliance in various jurisdictions. Mantas received his Bachelor degree in Law from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Darryl Durham is a Senior Litigation and Bankruptcy Paralegal and E-Discovery Specialist with over 25 years of experience working in law firms, municipal law departments and corporations. As a litigation paralegal, Darryl has extensive experience with document production and management, pleadings, eDiscovery, e-filing and legal research. As a bankruptcy paralegal, Darryl’s experience includes: Chapter 7 * Chapter 11 * Chapter 13, preparation and filing bankruptcy petitions via ECF, create list of assets and list of liabilities, conduct property appraisals, credit report, proof of insurance, gather tax returns, conduct legal research, assist with preparation for meeting of creditors, draft/review proof of claims, manage correspondence with debtors, trustees and counsel, manage calendar and docket. Darryl received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago and his Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Roosevelt University.