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Paralegals are an integral part of the Cummins & White legal team. The Cummins & White paralegals assist lawyers in preparing for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.

Similar to our lawyers, Cummins & White paralegals specialize in various types of law, including commercial litigation, corporate law, insurance defense, criminal law, employment and labor law, construction law, and real estate.

Our paralegals have worked with the same attorneys at Cummins & White for 10 to 25 years, giving them a thorough understanding of each practice and a keen insight into the application of California or federal law on various industries. We rely on our paralegals for their thoughtful contribution to each case.

Anna Dixon

Paralegal Supervisor

Anna Dixon joined Cummins & White, LLP in 1986 and became paralegal supervisor in 1987. She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a paralegal with a wide range of experience in first and third party insurance coverage, litigation, construction and real estate law, family law, personal injury, criminal, and corporate.

Ms. Dixon is involved from case inception to post-judgment collections and appellate practice. She is responsible for all areas of litigation and trial support, including document-intensive complex cases, investigation and background checks, drafting and responding to discovery and pleadings, attending document productions, deposition preparation and legal research. She has extensive trial preparation, experience, including deposition summaries, drafting of trial documents, preparing exhibit and trial notebooks, and coordination of witnesses and experts.

Ms. Dixon is also responsible for the supervision, training, and recruitment of the firm’s paralegal staff.

Education & Professional Associations


  • Saddleback Community College, ABA approved Legal Assistant Certificate
  • National Association of Legal Assistants, Certified Paralegal (CP)

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

Shannon Thompson


Shannon Thompson joined Cummins & White, LLP in 2016.  She brings with her over 20 years of experience in business litigation, insurance defense, legal malpractice, and multi-district product liability matters involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and copyrights.  Shannon currently assists the firm’s litigation practice which includes first and third-party insurance coverage and employment law.

Ms. Thompson is involved in all phases of litigation.  She especially enjoys the challenges of managing large-scale document heavy cases, trial preparation and in-courtroom trial support.

Education & Professional Associations


  • University of California, Irvine, ABA Paralegal Certificate
  • Notary Public, State of California

Jaclyn Valdez


Jaclyn Valdez joined Cummins & White, LLC in 2018 as a Corporate Paralegal. She has thirteen years’ experience as a paralegal. She Graduated in 2005 from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in English. Jaclyn is a certified paralegal under B&P Code Section 6450.

Jaclyn works with members of the corporate practice group in updating and maintaining corporate records, preparing and reviewing legal documents and assisting on corporate matters and transactions.

Her knowledge in litigation and transaction provides a bigger scope for assisting clients with their legal needs.


  • Undergradulate:  San Diego State University