Office Manager/Legal Assistant
Debbie Buchanan is the Office Manager and Legal Assistant for Attorney Doug Stoehr. She previously worked as a legal secretary with another Altoona law firm for 25 years where Attorney Stoehr also worked. Debbie has been with Attorney Stoehr’s current firm for the past eight years. Debbie is also a notary public.
With 33 years of experience working in personal injury law, Debbie is a tremendous asset to our firm. She meets with and helps clients regarding their personal injury questions. An important function of a personal injury law firm is to keep current with the clients’ medical treatment. Debbie works closely with our clients and provides Attorney Stoehr with regular updates. She summarizes medical records in memo form, and drafts detailed charts about the clients’ medical bills and liens. She also assists Attorney Stoehr with the resolution of subrogation liens with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Medicare, and private health insurers.
Debbie coordinates Attorney Stoehr’s busy schedule by arranging appointments with our clients. She also arranges appointments for Attorney Stoehr to meet with our clients’ doctors and therapists, when necessary. She coordinates Attorney Stoehr’s trial calendar which includes depositions, hearings, mediation sessions and trials. Debbie is very involved in producing pleadings, briefs, and answering discovery.
In addition to her legal assistant responsibilities, Debbie also manages Attorney Stoehr’s law practice and office rental properties. She works closely with Attorney Stoehr in marketing the law firm including SEO for the firm’s website.
Debbie is a 1981 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Sr. High School and resides in Hollidaysburg with her husband. She enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends.