GMA Paralegal named ‘Unsung Legal Hero’ 2020

Cheryll Reid, a paralegal with Geoff McDonald & Associates, is the recipient of the Unsung Legal Heroes 2020 award presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The annual legal award honors experienced, talented, and dedicated law firm employees across the state who support the client service and business goals of their law firm.

Reid has been employed as a paralegal with the Richmond personal injury law firm for 18 years and currently serves as workers’ compensation manager responsible for assisting attorneys in managing more than 2,000 worker’s compensation claims.

A Goochland County, VA native and graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Reid is a current member of the board of directors at Glen Lea Elementary School in Henrico County.

I chose the legal field: I wanted to help people in their time of need. I wanted to be that person that stood up for the rights of others. 

I most enjoy: I enjoy helping and working with our clients and helping them through difficult times. I also enjoy the atmosphere that our firm has. 

Professional accomplishment: I think my biggest professional accomplishment has been the ability to help others, and working my way up from an entry level position to management. 

My first job: Working for an insurance company. I believe this is the reason that I decided to work for our clients rather than against them. It hurt me to have to tell someone that we were not going to cover their injuries. 

In my free time: In my spare time, I am on the board of a youth football team. It helps me to give back to the community. I also like relaxing and spending time with my family. 

Favorite get-away: Hawaii and going on cruises. 

You don’t know: Most people do not know that I hate speaking in public and that I am an introvert.


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