Eleanor J. McCloskey
Eleanor J. McCloskey
Director of Litigation Services/Paralegal, Ithaca
Formerly: Crew Member to Restaurant Manager at Burger King, Barista, Waitress

A.S., Paralegal Studies, Tompkins-Cortland Community College;
B.S., Business Economics & Human Resources, SUNY Empire State.

I’ve worked in a service role for my whole life. Whether scooping ice cream at an ice cream shop, leading hourly staff at Burger King, or running a small commercial cleaning business, I have never strayed from my passion – serving others. Fifteen years ago, a friend mentioned that an attorney (Paul Wagner) was in search of a legal assistant. My initial reaction was, “not gonna happen.” I could not look past the fact that his office was in a drafty barn with uneven floors and his filing system consisted of nothing more than a folding table with stacks of paper. But the more I reflected on the opportunity, the more I realized that this attorney needed me, and I was enamored with the hospitality industry that he served. I realized that I could help Paul serve hospitality clients that serve guests. Eureka! I found my calling. And I quickly fell in love with Stokes Wagner, its clients, and its service philosophy.

As the years passed, I assembled a wealth of experience working with clients and I even proved my mettle supporting attorneys in the courtroom. I then transitioned into the role of paralegal and continued acquiring on-my-feet litigation skills. I loved it! Now thirteen years later, I’m the Director of Litigation Services with firm-wide (i.e., national) responsibilities. Even my title has the word “service” in it. More importantly… we moved to a “real” office with a much improved filing system!

While I continue to serve our clients and attend trials as lead paralegal, in my new Director role I have the privilege of supervising the firm’s Administrative Team (or the “A-Team” as I like to call them). I derive a great sense of satisfaction from helping our team excel and deliver concierge-level service for our clients. And I encourage our team to embrace the same work ethic that serves me well – tenacity, loyalty and an enthusiasm to learn and grow.

While I strive to treat my co-workers like my family, there is no replacing my husband and three kids. There is simply nothing in the world I’d rather do than spend time with them. A evening spent with my daughters or a weekend doing home improvement projects with my husband always recharges me. During a five-week jury trial, I once flew from California back to New York just to go camping with them for one night. That’s 5,000 miles round-trip for a single night sleeping in the woods with family. I must be in love.

As Stokes Wagner grows, I’m proud to be a member of this personal, high-energy team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff. And I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.