general counsel and senior vice president resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Executive Profile

Business-minded corporate generalist Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel with 20+ years specialist experience in complex commercial and residential real estate and corporate M&A transactions and financings, and 9+ years in telecommunications. Results driven and focused on partnering to determine revenue generating legal strategies.

Skill Highlights
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
  • Financing and Securitization
  • Corporate Secretary and Board Governance
  • Contract Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation Management
  • Employment
  • Corporate Generalist
  • Strong Leader
  • Exceptional Negotiator
  • Finding a way to "Yes"
Core Accomplishments
  • Negotiated and structured purchase and leaseback acquisition of $500 million encompassing approximately 800 sites.
  • Negotiated multi-billion dollar recapitalization requiring consensus among investors and agreement with new member purchaser.
  • Litigated and settled contractual dispute with State agency resulting in renegotiated economic contractual terms that increased revenues and value from existing contractual arrangement.
  • Managed outside counsel to successfully enforce rights and collect disputed revenues across multiple states.
  • Proposed and implemented real estate processes that secured company assets and resulted in increased net cash flows.
  • Grew Legal and Asset Management Department from 2 employees to 17 in conjunction with corporate growth and needs.

Professional Experience
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, 05/2014 to Current
Vertical Bridge REIT, LLCCity, STATE,
  • Chief legal executive and head of Asset Management for approximately 50 subsidiaries operating in 50 states for the largest privately owned cell tower company in the US.
  • General Counsel duties include: Setting strategy, goals, and policies for the company, generating legal processes, policies and procedures for, and supervising, Legal and Asset Management Department. Advising CEO, executive team, Board of Directors in governance, legal, and investment strategy, and equity/capital raises. Generating and reviewing all real estate legal forms and strategies used in daily operations of the business. Negotiating and structuring M&A transactions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, recapitalizations of the business, master lease agreements with customers, joint venture agreements, securitizations and senior loan facilities. Managing outside counsel for litigation and litigation strategy as well as lobbying and legislative efforts. Providing guidance and support on employment and general internal corporate needs. Advising investment committees relating to development, leasing and acquisition functions. Ensuring compliance with REIT tax status, CFIUS filings, and HSR/antitrust concerns.
Partner - Real Estate, 05/2004 to 05/2014
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.City, STATE,
  • Represented commercial and residential developers, lenders, and hotel owners and operators nationally and internationally.
  • Negotiated real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financings, joint venture agreements, and hotel management agreements, including technical services agreements and licensing agreements.
  • Drafted entity formation documents for commercial real estate joint ventures, purchase and conveyance documents, and commercial loan documents.
  • Advised clients on development strategy, legal strategy, and financing strategy to assist with the development of complex commercial projects.
  • Negotiated with foreign governments for approvals and entitlements for real estate projects abroad, including drafting and negotiations of Memoranda of Understanding and Heads of Agreement.
  • Reviewed and resolved complex title and survey matters in the course of client due diligence, and acted as title agent.
Associate Attorney - Real Estate, 03/2003 to 05/2004
Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C.City, STATE,
  • Represented institutional lenders and real estate developers in commercial real estate transactions.
Associate Attorney - Corporate, 09/2001 to 03/2003
Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.City, STATE,
  • Represented clients in general corporate structuring and corporate immigration needs.
J.D.: , Expected in 05/2001 to Boston University School of Law - Boston, MA,
  • Concentration in International Law with Honors
Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service: , Expected in 05/1998 to Georgetown University - Washington, DC
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Certificate in European Studies awarded

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School Attended

  • Boston University School of Law
  • Georgetown University

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  • General Counsel and Senior Vice President
  • Partner - Real Estate
  • Associate Attorney - Real Estate
  • Associate Attorney - Corporate


  • J.D.
  • Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service

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