Versatile attorney with a unique blend of transactional and litigation experience, and a practical, results-oriented approach to law and a proven track-record helping clients achieve their business goals in a broad range of practice areas including commercial transactions, commercial and regulatory litigation, and insolvency and restructuring. Core competencies include in-depth contract analysis, drafting various agreements and settlements, dispute resolution, negotiation, litigation management, and due diligence. Business background including compliance with SEC reporting requirements as director of investor relations for publicly traded companies.
Successfully defended multiple entities and corporate directors in state regulatory proceeding; required analyzing corporate documents and business affairs of 15 entities and advising clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance.
Analyzed and interpreted contractual provisions incorporating tariffs filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advised San Diego Gas & Electric in multiple law suits against United States, cities, and municipal utilities; acted as second chair for three-week trial at Court of Federal Claims.
Reviewed loan documents and assessed risks in calling defaults for San Francisco-based national brokerage and banking company.
Represented a water utility in enforcement proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") while simultaneously negotiating the sale of the water utility to a third-party in compliance with CPUC rules and regulations; activities included drafting and filing pleadings at the CPUC; negotiating and drafting several agreements including NDAs, a letter of intent, a settlement agreement with the CPUC, and a preliminary term sheet.
Evaluated master software agreements, licenses, and patent agreements for Hewlett Packard Co., negotiated and drafted settlement agreements, asset purchase agreements, and licensee protections, and other commercial contracts in the bankruptcy context including the bankruptcy cases of Eastman Kodak, Technology Properties Limited, and RadioShack.
Negotiated favorable settlement for a children's activity book manufacturer in a contractual dispute with a China-based factory.
Negotiated and drafted various agreements, including NDAs, letters of intent/MofUs, settlement agreements, assignments, escrow agreements, retention agreements, and forbearance agreements.
Represented multiple clients in contractual litigation, including assessing exposure and risks, answering complaints, drafting complaints, conducting depositions and discovery.
MCCLELLAN AND CORRENSan Francisco, CAAssociate
Represented insurers and employers in disputes and litigation related to workers' compensation.
SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Real Estate and Finance GroupSan Francisco, CAIntern
Researched and wrote memoranda on real estate, finance, and other transactional matters for city departments and commissions.
Reviewed contracts, leases, and bond prospectuses and advised on different legal issues.
Worked directly with the CFO and CEO, and cross functionally, to manage investor relations for publicly traded companies.
Implemented a compliance framework, including review of policies, procedures, and training to ensure compliance with SEC reporting and disclosure rules.
Participated in the drafting and reviewing of reporting documents, such as annual reports, 10-K's, 10-Q's, 8-K's, proxy statements, and press releases.
Developed and maintained relationships with Wall Street and the media, and developed communication strategies related to offerings, acquisitions, partnerships, quarterly earnings, and other corporate activities.
Supervised and managed outside PR and IR firms.
U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT Honorable Martin JenkinsSan Francisco, CA
Researched and wrote bench memoranda and orders covering a range of legal issues, including contract, employment, class action, securities, and environmental law.
ARIBA, INCSunnyvale, CA
CRITICAL PATH, INCSan Francisco, CA
ONSALE, INCMountain View, CA
Golden Gate University School of LawSan Francisco, CAJuris DoctorHighest Honors (Top 3%) Merit Scholarship Recipient
*Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Contracts, Real Estate Development, Appellate Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility
*CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Property, Civil Procedure
Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, NYBachelor of Arts: PsychologyPsychology
CIPP-US pending (Certified Information Privacy Professional-US private sector)
The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), The International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWRIC), American Bar Association