Marion started working for the legal community right after graduating from high school. Her first job was as a legal secretary in a small town, where she gained hands-on experience in civil litigation. She moved to London, Ontario, where she worked in residential real estate, handling the files from start to finish. She later worked for a senior litigation lawyer, Peter B. Hockin, presently a judge of the Superior Court of Justice. While working for Mr. Hockin, Marion learned all there was to know about motor vehicle and personal injury litigation.
Marion then decided to see if her abilities were good enough for the big city of Toronto. Marion began employment with a large firm that specialized in insurance litigation. To increase her legal knowledge further, Marion also worked on a freelance basis for a large employment and labour firm, and a family law firm. Finally, to round out her experience, Marion delved into the realm of corporate and securities law, working in some of the most prestigious firms in Toronto. She ultimately became a Corporate Law Clerk for an international law firm, where she was responsible for, among other things, on-line filings and corporate database maintenance for the firm.
After moving from Toronto with her husband, Clyde, Marion continued her career as a Law Clerk in a small firm, handling real estate, corporate and estate files. For over 30 years’ as a legal secretary, and later as a law clerk, Marion found working in law both challenging and extremely rewarding. Deadlines and expectations must be met, and there is always something new to keep your interest. Whether it be working for a sole practitioner or a large international firm, the basics are the same.
Clients can take advantage of Marion's many years of experience. By specializing as a virtual legal assistant, clients can be confident that she understands and speaks the same language. As is always necessary in the legal field, Marion continues to hone her skills, while at the same time keeping abreast of current technology and procedures.
Marion and her husband, Clyde, recently celebrated their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. Clyde offers lawyers virtual bookkeeping services, primarily focusing on month-ends (bank reconciliation, HST & Payroll remittances). He also assists Marion by maintaining their computer network, I.T., and other technology issues. Clyde designed and continues to maintain this website. Clyde owns and operates The Satellite Bookkeeper, offering legal bookkeeping services exclusively to lawyers throughout Ontario.
Marion McDonald is The Satellite Secretary, and she holds a Certified Canadian Virtual Assistant designation.