Detail-oriented, conscientious and organized attorney with 15 years of experience in civil litigation at the state, federal and appellate levels, with emphasis in constitutional law, civil rights, and insurance defense, who thrives in dynamic environments and quickly adapts to the ever-changing demands of the legal field.
Admitted to the Michigan Bar in June 2002 (P64147) and subsequently admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Co-Author, Jurisprudence of Doubt: Obscenity, Indecency, and Morality at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Michigan Bar Journal, June 2005
Attorney, 11/2011 to CurrentAuto-Owners Insurance Company － Lansing, Michigan
Oversee and direct litigation defending insurance claims in multiple States.
Evaluate insurance coverage and direct litigation regarding coverage issues.
Advise claim representatives and other employees regarding legal issues.
Develop and conduct legal educational presentations to claim representatives.
Research and interpret state and federal regulations and statutes.
Evaluate risk exposure.
Review and prepare responses to corporate discovery requests.
Served on committees evaluating document retention and data breach response.
Attorney, 06/2003 to 10/2011Shafer & Associates, P.C. － Lansing, Michigan
Practice involving federal, appellate, constitutional, civil rights law, and insurance defense.
Researched and prepared briefs for cases before courts ranging from state circuit courts to the United States Supreme Court.
Involved in all aspects of litigation for state and federal lawsuits, including class action proceedings.
Attended legal and administrative hearings, including the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and prepared responses to administrative investigations.
Conducted intake, investigation, and resolution of harassment claims, as well as presented harassment training seminars for numerous businesses.
Coordinated and directed insurance defense litigation and claims, monitored defense counsel.
Assessed insurance risk exposure for business activities, drafted documents to minimize risk.
Director of Constituent Relations and Legislative Aide, 04/2002 to 12/2002Office of Senator Mat Dunaskiss － Lansing, Michigan
Managed and drafted all of the Senator's legislative initiatives for consideration by the Michigan Legislature.
Worked with legislative committees to ensure successful passage of sponsored legislation.
Responsible for all constituent correspondence and casework.
Teaching Assistant, 08/2001 to 12/2001MSU-DCL, Professor Jack Apol － East Lansing, Michigan
Conducted weekly review sessions and maintained website for the Criminal Law course.
Mentored and consulted with students on a weekly basis
Legal Intern, 07/2001 to 08/2001Canadian Parliament, Office of Hon. David Kilgour Ottawa － Ottawa, Ontario
Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa.
Researched national and international issues and drafted reports, letters, and memoranda.
Attended meetings with foreign dignitaries and members of Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; facilitated follow-up inquiries and correspondence.
Assisted in the drafting of speeches and articles.
Intern, 06/1997 to 07/1997Canadian Parliament, Office of Hon. Don Boudria Ottawa － Ottawa, Ontario
Minister of International Cooperation and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie.
Responsible for all aspects of communication with constituents while in Ottawa office.
Assisted and coordinated the Minister's successful re-election campaign in the district by working with media, constituent, and civic contacts.
Office Manager, 08/1996 to 04/2002Venuto & Associates － Lansing, Michigan
Responsible for all aspects of operating a small insurance lobbying firm.
Ensured compliance with Michigan lobbyist regulations and other statutory requirements.
Tracked legislation and conducted research regarding insurance legislative initiatives.
Communicated with and provided information to House and Senate committee staff.
Administrative Assistant, 06/1996 to 09/1996Michigan Insurance Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Kurt Gallinger － Lansing, Michigan
Provided administrative support for the Office of Policy and Legislation.
Tracked and researched legislation for the Deputy Commissioner.
Researched and drafted reports regarding potential legislative initiatives.
Juris Doctor,2001Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law － East Lansing, Michigan
Graduated Cum Laude, with emphasis in International Law
Earned the Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law II, and Domestic Relations.
Bachelor of Arts:International Relations,1998Michigan State University, James Madison College － East Lansing, Michigan
Ability to read, write and converse in French
PACER and Federal Electronic case filing programs
Proficient in Westlaw and Lexis research
Word, Word Perfect, Power Point, Excel
Internal electronic insurance claims handling systems