High energy, motivated Senior Legal Consultant / Negotiator with a comprehensive knowledge of extensive experience with complex drafting and negotiations primarily for International Corporations in Latin America. In house experience in all areas of Law. Repeatedly reduce legal expenses by bringing legal work in-house and effectively managing outside counsel. Handling diverses case types of Immgration practics as an Immgration Paralegal. Legal Business Management: Established track record of drafting and negotiating legal agreements. Excelent risk analisys and issue spotting skills. High emphasis on revenue recognition implications, partering and distribution agreements, join ventures, professional services contracts, and non disclosure agreements. Relationship Building: Excels at interacting with executives, senior management outside counsel, staff and costumers across de legal area. Team Leadership: Seasoned and focused team-player that truly excels at providing sound guidance and support to all team members and internal departments regarding critical issues. Extensive experience in Business, Labor, Employment, Immigration, Civil and Contract Law in the area of Consulting Management. I have been advising Internationals Corporations with business in Latin America as Holcim (Swiss Cement Manufacturing Industry), Monsanto and Dow Chemical as a Corporate Counsel.High performing executive with proven track record of accomplishment in setting up mutually beneficial international and domestic agreements between corporations. Ability to develop strategic long term partnerships and communicate effectively with all levels od decitions makes. Fluent in Spanish and English, conversational Portuguese. United State Citizen. Core Competencies:
Contract Negotiations & Review. Consulting & Procurement . Risk Management Deep Concern about Latin American Business Culture . Ability to Develop Partnerships. Immigration Law.
01/1990 to 05/1996
Corporate AttorneyZoo-Agro de Venezuela (Joint Venture between Monsanto and the Dow Chemical Company) – Caracas-Venezuela
Researched and analyzed land development issues and water rights and conservation controversies.
Developed strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
Presented key evidence and exhibits during civil trials.
Interpreted laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
Drafted legal briefs and opinions for all clients.
11/2001 to 05/2014
Corporate Legal Counsel Mestas, Pinto & Asociados Law Firm – Valencia, Venezuela Law Firm specialized in Corporate Legal Advisory and Foreign Investments Regulations for International Corporations in Latin America and Legal agreements. Drafted commercial and leasing agreements to national and foreing corporations like PISANO in Colombia and Venezuela. Risk management for corporations in deals with the goverment. Hold regulars meetings with Regional and Local Contracting Officers.Business Development role is to work closely with partners in the development of costing proposals and research possible future contracts. Immigration Paralegal, . Drafted and negociated various legal documents, including stocks and asset purchase agreements, merger agreements,warrants, disclosure schedules, chartes, bylaws, letters of intent, escrow agreements, registration agreements and other security filings confidenciality. agreements.. Handling diversess case types of immigration procedures, with particular practice filing non-immgrant visas, Affidavit of Support, Family base petitions, I-130, I-485, I-765, I-864, another USCIS applications.
05/1996 to 06/1999
Corporate AttorneyHOLCIM (Swiss Cement Industry) – Caracas, Venezuela HOLCIM) Caracas, Venezuela Corporate Lawyer.1996 - 2000 100% subsidiary of Holcim, Inc., a Swiss company manufacturing and distribution of cement and derivatives, with over 100 years in the global cement market.Two cement factories one located in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Aragua State and one in Puerto Cumarebo, Falcón State, offices and related companies in Cumana, Puerto La Cruz, Maracay, Valencia and Coro, with an administrative office in Caracas and in total with about 1200 employees and workers.Serve as a liaison between the new clients, quality assurance, and costumer care Researched employment law on contractual, financial, and regulatory matters Advised senior management on transactional and Human Resourses issues Drafted corporate contracts, leases, service and confidential agreements Managed and handled transactional matter Acted and controlled credit and collection of loans Supervised company's acquisitions Monitored national legislation impacting business lines Acted as a liaison between company and government Advised on international business transactions Relations with the National Chamber of Commerce Conducted negotiations and closed loans Execution of budgets in the corporate legal area Worked with and support Counsel in reviewing and developing legal documentation.
LLM Master of Law: Corporate Law and International Business Transactions Valparaiso University School of Law - Valparaiso, IN
Indiana USA. Accredited ABA School of Law.
LLM Master of Law 2001. Corporate and International Business Transactions.
J.D.: Law Catholic University Andres Bello - Caracas, Venezuela
Coursework in Business Management and Commercial Real Estate
Master of Science: History Carabobo University - Valencia, Venezuela
Graduated with Honors
Special Training: Inmigration Law Paralegal Course.Robert Sheldon Law Firm.Miami Florida 2014.
CMI International Group, LLC, Caracas, Venezuela Negotiation Workshop (Harvard Model) July 1999 Institute of Advance Business Studies (IESA) Caracas, Venezuela.
Management for Lawyers, January to July 1992 Negotiations and contracts in countries with economic crisis, July 1997 Venezuelan and American Commercial Chamber (VENAMCHAM) Toxic wastes legal issues, September 1997 HOLDERBANK Cementos Caribe C.A.
SAP software for contracts and acquisitions, July 1997.
Member of National Association for Foreign Attorneys of the United States of America. (NAFA) Member of the Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Federal (Caracas-Venezuela) Member of the Colegio de Abogados del Estado Carabobo (Valencia-Venezuela) Member of the Academia de Historia del Estado Carabobo (Valencia-Venezuela)