Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,

Inventive attorney who brings a positive attitude and sense of humor to the office. Skilled at developing creative strategies and solving problems.

  • Accomplished manager of legal affairs for private and public enterprises.
  • Expertise managing and refining internal and external contract programs.
  • Skilled in structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial transactions, including technology licenses, terms of service, commercial contracts, and other service agreements.
  • Proficient in legal and regulatory framework governing research institutes, as well as federally funded and industry sponsored research.
2013 to Current Contracts Attorney Tyler Technologies | Lawrenceville, GA,
  • Selected to fill a new position intended to focus entirely on industry sponsored funding, reporting to and coordinating with multiple institutional agencies, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Industry Relations, and UNL’s technology transfer office, NUtech Ventures.
  • Enhanced departmental reputation and built trust within the organization by processing legal transactions faster, more efficiently, and with greater attention to detail.
  • Created and delivered practical and concise training materials to internal partners on applicable institutional policies and procedures, state and federal law, and industry standards.
  • Promoted a business-friendly environment with industry sponsors by managing all aspects of the commercial relationship, without compromising the values of the organization.
  • Developed a “feasibility study” contract to cover provisional funding of research projects while more comprehensive agreements are negotiated and executed, leading to improved relations with both internal and external clients.
  • Identified and resolved a loophole in the contract process where research projects were improperly processed as service agreements without having institutional review for intellectual property protection and financial suitability.
  • Managed a project employing a team of legal interns to renovate contract templates to bring the agreements up to date, consolidate multiple versions, and create a centralized database to secure the original documents.
  • Established a reputation as a go-to resource for crafting creative solutions for one-off arrangements and extraordinary transactions.
11/2011 to 2013 General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Co-Op Financial Services | Duluth, GA,
  • Compliance officer and risk analyst for business entities operating under a variety of jurisdictional regimes, primarily in financial, securities, and digital communications practice areas.
  • Responsible for drafting and managing contracts for multiple internal clients, as well as reviewing, negotiating, and approving all contracts from external service providers and suppliers.
  • Manage a real estate and property portfolio in multiple states, including a development in India.
  • Corporate Secretary and registered agent for every Everest business entities, as well as custodian for transactional documents, corporate records, and regulatory filings for each company.
  • Oversee the due diligence process for potential acquisitions and investment opportunities, including financial audits, UCC filing and review, and generate transactional reports.
04/2008 to Current Independent Contractor Brewery Consultant | City, STATE,
  • Counseled multiple startup breweries (seven, as of February, 2015) from inception to opening, including all local, state, and federal licensing, intellectual property strategies, corporate transactions, financing, and production logistics.
  • Created an intellectual property strategy for a brewery that was being sued for infringement, including a cost-effective arrangement to manage litigation.
  • Negotiated the lease, financing, licensing, and construction agreements for a startup brewery in Colorado, as well as created an investment strategy for potential venture capitalists.
  • Drafted and negotiated multiple distribution agreements for Nebraska breweries, thereby protecting the brewery from punitive franchise rules in the event of a contract dispute and dissolution.
  • Published articles for craft brewery publications on legal issues effecting small breweries.
  • Developed a legislative plan to create a “locally grown” policy for Nebraska breweries, to develop local grain and hop production, raw material processing, and equipment development.
2000 to 04/2008 Corporate Attorney and Secretary Telesis, Inc | City, STATE,
  • Regulatory and compliance expert for various government agencies and administrative offices, acting as the legal representative for Telesis and its affiliates in hearings, audits, and inspections.
  • Contracts manager, overseeing incoming and outgoing documents, negotiating terms and conditions, developing custom agreements, and training sales and purchasing staff on logistics.
  • Responsible for local, state, and federal licensing for multiple business units, most notably a unique arrangement whereby Telesis could distribute its products to a wholly-owned affiliate without a third party wholesaler, thereby establishing a cost savings of 30%.
  • Supervised all aspects of real estate acquisition and development, including construction contracts, architectural design, zoning and planning, due diligence, finance documents, purchase agreements and environmental surveys.
  • Designed and managed an expansive and innovative human resources program that included a distinctive training protocol, an affordable benefits package featuring a wellness component, and a Workers' Compensation program that resulted in a 50% reduction in insurance rates.
  • Created a new market channel through the Government Service Administration (GSA) through which technical equipment could be marketed and sold directly to government clients.
  • Developed a strategy for opening new markets for Empyrean Brewing Company by creating new distribution channels, developing new products, drafting promotional materials, forecasting production in pro forma models, and conducting educational seminars for staff and clients.
  • Active member of a committee on environmental leadership with a mandate to reduce waste, utilize renewable energy sources, and incorporate green designs for future projects, resulting in recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 for waste reduction.
  • Successfully lobbied the Nebraska Legislature and the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission to make changes to the liquor laws, providing for a more equitable business environment.
Expected in Master of Business Administration | University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business, Boulder, CO GPA:

Marketing and Business Development

Expected in Juris Doctor | University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, Lincoln, NE GPA:

Corporate Law and Business Planning

Expected in Bachelor of Arts | Chadron State College, Chadron, NE GPA:

Justice Studies and Psychology

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