Why choose Paralegals for the Community?
  • 25 Years of Accumulated Paralegal & Administrative Experience
  • Bilingual- Fluent in English & Spanish
  • The quality of our support is unparalleled
  • Multi-Services Provider
  • Rated 5 Stars by General Public & Attorneys

Credentials & Certifications

  • Berkeley College, Paralegal Certification,
    ABA Approved (2006)

  • St. John’s University, Bachelor of Science in
    Pre- Law (2010)

  • St. John’s University, Masters of Science
    in Social Work (2014)

  • CUNY-Hunter College, Masters of Science
    in School Counseling (2017)

  • Notary Public, State of New York (2013)

  • Signing Agent (2019)

t sixteen, Swannie interned as a file clerk at a Perticioli & Severino, LLC, a criminal law office in Queens, New York where she was exposed to the legal world for the first time. She went on to earn her paralegal certification in 2006 and attend St. John’s University with an academic scholarship where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law, Magna Cum Laude.

In 2007, she was employed with the United States Attorney’s Office -Southern District in New York City. In the Financial Litigation Unit, she assisted senior agents in enforcing the collection of criminal and civil debts owed to the United States or to victims of federal crime. She joined the legal team at Binder & Binder, P.C. in 2009 as a caseworker, writer, and supervisor for the Quality Control Unit.

She assisted hundreds of clients in getting their social security disability benefits, from the initial application to the appeal process for clients who have been denied these benefits.

In 2011, she joined Legal Services of New York and was stationed in the Bronx Housing Court. She assisted with Family Eviction Prevention Subsidy (FEPS) applications, wrote one-shot deals/exception policies, and provided housing search and rent stabilization support to homeless and at-risk families with children.

From 2013 to 2018, she worked at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., a personal injury law firm in the Bronx. Over the course of her employment, she worked extensively in a wide variety of branches within personal injury such as asbestos litigation, pre-litigation motor vehicle and lead paint poisoning.

In 2018, Swannie founded Paralegals FTC along with her sisters Rachel Batista and Elaine Castillo. Swannie is the head Paralegal overseeing the Bankruptcy and Estate Planning department in their firm.

Credentials & Certifications:      

  • University of Vermont, Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Pre-Law (2010)
  • New York University, Paralegal Certification,
    ABA Approved (2014)
  • Notary Public, State of New York (2010)

laine’s love for the law began as a freshman in college, where she majored in Human Development and Family Studies and minored in Political Science-Pre-Law. Subsequently, she interned at the Law Offices of John C. Dearie, a personal injury law firm in New York City in 2009.  The same year she also interned at the State of Vermont Public Defender’s office providing legal services to the indigently accused in 2009 for over a year.

In 2010, she graduated from the University of Vermont. After graduation, Elaine was offered a full-time position at The Dearie Law Firm, PLLC where she focused on Asbestos claims and personal injury accident cases.  She was responsible for medically developing client’s files and helping attorneys prepare the cases for litigation proceedings. In addition, she had direct client communication providing case status and prepping them for depositions/hearings.  Elaine also assisted attorneys in going to court to file legal documentation and pleadings.

In 2016, she began working at Oresky & Associates, PLLC, another personal injury law firm, as a Senior Paralegal. This is where she gained more experience in trial preparation, motion practice and a variety of pre-litigation legal document preparation. Her focus was on different types of personal injury accident cases, that included motor vehicle, slip and fall, trip and fall, lead paint poisoning, and ceiling collapse cases.

In 2018, she founded Paralegals for the Community, and is currently the Head Freelance Paralegal focusing on Family and Personal Injury Matters.


Credentials & Certifications:

  • Devry University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Hospitality (2011) Minor in Psychology
    of Mental Health Graduated Magna Cum Laude

  • TCI College, Paralegal Certification,
    ABA Approved (2012)

  • Notary Public, State of Connecticut (2017)

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science from Devry University in Business Administration and Hospitality in 2011 with a minor in Psychology of Mental Health, in 2012, she decided to  pursue a Paralegal Certification to enhance her skills and specialize in different areas of the law.

After receiving her Paralegal Certification, Rachel also earned an advanced certification as an Immigration Form Specialist while interning at M.C. Law Group, a small law firm in Connecticut. She has helped hundreds of individuals and families complete and successfully  submit various petitions to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In late 2014, Rachel began working at the Hilton Stamford Hotel as a Guest Ambassador.  She was responsible for ensuring all guests needs were met at the highest standards. Subsequently, she began working as a Reservations and Revenue Manager. Rachel, implemented different policies and procedures, and monitored the effectiveness of all accounts receivable and payable were up to date.

In 2018, she founded Paralegals for the Community along with her sister Swannie Batista and Elaine Castillo. Rachel is now the head Paralegal in overseeing our Divorce and Immigration Department as she has extensive knowledge on the various procedures and practices. Her management experience coupled with her legal academia make her role in Paralegals for the Community that much lucrative.

  • Associates Degree from BMCC (2005)
  • Biometric Enrollment Agent with the State of New York (2019)
  • Notary Public (In Process)

Vanessa joined the team in 2019 as our Biometric Technician and Legal Assistant.

She is responsible for performing quality biometrics processing to include capturing electronic fingerprints, photographs, and signatures in our Bronx office.

Vanessa is also one of the Legal Assistants who handles scheduling and managing the firms calendar.

Legal Assistant and Biometric Technician

  • New Jersey City University (Bachelor’s Degree- In Progress)
  • Notary Public in the State of New Jersey (Commissioned in 2021)
  • Biometric Enrollment Agent with the State of New Jersey (2021)

Daveliz joined the team in 2021 as a Legal Assistant and Biometric Technician for our Union City office.

She has over five years of administrative and clerical experience.  Ms. Nova is the head biometric technician processing applicants for background checks and employment verifications.

Daveliz is also the head intake specialist.

Shakira Nova joined our firm in 2022 as our Marketing Manager. She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. In the past several years, she has worked for Nonprofit organizations in the Bronx where she advocated for clients in criminal court to be placed in alternative to incarceration programming. She truly enjoys making an impact within her own community by educating and providing resources to those around her. Within the last year, Shakira has worked towards combining her passion for marketing and legal services.

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Phone: 929-263-2073

The Bronx
391 East 149th Street, Suite 318
The Bronx, New York 10455

New Jersey
1912 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, New Jersey 07087

DISCLAIMER:     Paralegals FTC, Inc., is a non profit, tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3. We are a Paralegal firm and not Attorneys or a Law Firm. We cannot provide representation or give legal advice. Our firm provides non-attorney legal services to the community, law firms and other agencies.