director of legal affairs resume example with 19 years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
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Professional Summary

Detail-oriented Attorney and Affairs Director demonstrating 15+ years in supporting executive case analysis, strategic planning and negotiations. Advise teams on deal structure and contract negotiations. Cultivate strong cross-functional relationships with key stakeholders including all internal functional leaders. Provide counsel on corporate governance matters and support the Board of Directors in preparing, managing and implementing related policies. Provide support for M&A transactions, including work on deal structure and LOI terms, planning and assisting in due diligence, drafting and negotiating deal agreements, and actively managing deal process and execution.

  • Filing and data archiving
  • Legal writing
  • Document filing
  • Corporate law
  • Commercial litigation experience
  • Investigation Skills
  • Dispute Arbitration
  • Discovery Processes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Law
  • Case Analysis
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation
  • Business law
  • Reviewing documents
Work History
11/2006 to Current
DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AFFAIRS National Collegiate Athletic Association Indianapolis, IN,
  • Directed the Legal Department team of as many as six attorneys and additional support staff for the majority of the past 10 years.
  • Monitored all relationships with as many as 15 outside law firms specializing in employment law, real estate, intellectual property and litigation.
  • Achieved consistent results managing an annual budget of approximately $2M.
  • Acted as lead counsel advising the Human Resources team on all issues related to employment law, including discrimination, employee discipline, accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour rules, leaves of absence and worker’s compensation claims.
  • Directed the company’s defense to all employment litigation and related proceedings in multiple Federal and State court jurisdictions, and before the IL Dept of Human Rights, the WI Dept. Of Workforce Development and the CA Dept of Labor.
  • Led company’s compliance efforts for all Covid-19 related orders and guidance while acting as the sole legal representative on Uline’s Business Continuity team throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Drafted all of the company’s current offer letters, non-competition agreements, relocation and retention agreements, codes of conduct, severance agreements and other HR policies.
  • Bore primary responsibility for drafting and editing our Employee Handbook in the US, Canada and Mexico, as well as state supplements for California and Washington.
  • Developed and executed training for employees in the areas of harassment, union organizing awareness, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing.
  • Gained extensive experience advising our California operations on state-specific employment and wage/hour issues, Prop 65 and CAL/OSHA standards.
  • Directed all advice and counsel to the company’s operations in Canada and Mexico in areas of employment law and customs and regulatory compliance.
  • Drafted and negotiated dozens of commercial leases, conducted acquisitions of hundreds of acres of new building sites and secured required permits and approvals in order to assist the company in building a portfolio of over 16.5 million square feet of office and industrial property.
  • Managed all phases of products and premises liability litigation, including discovery, motion practice, mediation and trials.
  • Coordinated the company’s crisis management efforts and acted as primary contact for our outside PR firm while drafting and/or editing all external and internal crisis communications.
  • Directly managed all aspects of the purchase, lease or sale of seven different aircraft and structured the corporate flight department to comply with FAA flight department company rules..
  • Developed and updated spreadsheets and databases to track, analyze and report on performance and sales data.
  • Kept physical files and digitized records organized for easy updating and retrieval by authorized team members.
06/2005 to 10/2006
HOUSE COUNSEL Tri-City Medical Center Oceanside, CA,
  • Drafted the company’s first ever employee handbook and templates for offer letters, severance agreements and other employment documents and policies.
  • Negotiated purchase and sale agreements for commercial development sites ranging in size from ½ to 47 acres.
  • Drafted commercial leases with large national retailers such as Starbucks, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chipotle, and Men’s Warehouse.
  • Prepared corporate documents relating to our development LLCs, including incorporations, assignments, consent resolutions, and operating agreements.
  • Advocated for clients before court in oral argument by presenting facts and evidence in most favorable light.
  • Minimized risk exposure through careful advice on business operations and strategic plans.
04/2002 to 06/2005
ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY Jack H. Rottner & Associates City, STATE,
  • Successfully argued contested motions, conducted pre-trial conferences, assisted as second chair at trials, attended depositions, conducted and won arbitration hearings, and managed all phases of litigation.
  • Prepared substantive legal memoranda, complaints, responses, motions for summary judgment, jury instructions, motions to strike affirmative defenses, and settlement agreements.
  • Researched legal issues in the areas of contract law, agency, Illinois civil procedure, tort liability, family law, and real estate law.
  • Developed strategies to resolve cases in client's best interest.
  • Administered audits to verify data involving assets, income and liabilities.
  • Resolved post-judgment litigation settlements and default judgment orders in favor of clients.
Expected in to to
Bachelor of Arts: History
University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  • University of Illinois Children of Veterans Scholarship, 1997 - 1998
  • Illinois General Assembly Public and Civic Affairs Scholarship, 1994 - 1995 and 1996 – 1997
Expected in to to
Illinois Institute Of Technology, Chicago-Kent Col - Chicago, IL
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Merit Scholarship, 2000-2001
Licenses, Accomplishments, and Affiliations
  • Licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Active Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and member of the Human Resources Committee
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) and the National Association of Wholesalers Billion Dollar CLO Club
  • Guest speaker at the WI ACC Annual Meeting on “Doing Business in Canada.”

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  • Illinois Institute Of Technology, Chicago-Kent Col

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