Managing Member Senior Attorney resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Attorney with substantial transactional experience drafting and analyzing commercial, real estate, and merger/acquisition documents from negotiation, through due diligence and closing, with a keen eye towards exceptional results. Combines experience and depth of understating to provide insightful problem-solving advice on complex legal and business matters. Possesses sharp research and analytical skills to guide clients through regulatory/statutory intricacies (state and local) to unique and exceptional outcomes. Adaptable and motivated with a strong work ethic, equally comfortable working individually or collaborating to meet/exceed team expectations.

Managing Member/Senior Attorney, 07/2001 to Current
Benz Communications, ,
  • Facilitated negotiation and closing on the largest dollar value sale ($20M) of a standalone Class A television station.
  • Coordinated with client's legal team to refinance loans from multiple sources into a single instrument which included ancillary agreements for lender's security.
  • Negotiated affiliation and distribution agreements regarding specific Southeast Asian programming then negotiated carriage agreements for client's broadcast stations on cable and satellite.
  • Lobbied FCC to obtain unique relief for broadcasters in the form of STAs to operate when, under "normal" rules, the specified operations would not be permitted.
  • Defended clients successfully against obscenity complaints, technical rule violations, multiple ownership inquiries and EEO audits before the FCC.
  • Scrutinized sponsorship announcements and advertisements to insure compliance with FCC and FTC regulations.
  • Collaborated with entrepreneurs to develop business plans and obtain institutional and private funding for startup ventures, including participation in FCC spectrum auctions.
  • Formulated strategies following analysis of discovery in several high profile cases including: due diligence on major television acquisitions,, and discovery/deposition preparation in $25M civil suit.
  • Analyzed contracts, agreements, leases, etc., as part of due diligence review for major television station acquisitions.
  • Reviewed documentary evidence and provided analysis in response to DOJ Second Requests in several high profile anti-trust compliance cases including Hitachi/Western Digital and Flowers/Hostess.
  • Assisted in deposition preparation and subpoena responses in preparation for ATT/T- Mobile proceedings involving DOJ and FCC.
  • Founded AM Daytimers Association and successfully lobbied FCC to allow AM stations to use FM translators to simulcast.
Associate, 07/1998 to 07/2001
Benz Communications, ,
  • Produced $250K of new business for the firm annually and spearheaded change to firm policy to recognize associates for successful business development efforts.
  • Secured DOJ and FCC approval to approval for client's purchase of a top 30 market cluster "spin-off".
  • Conducted research, formulated strategies and prosecuted rule making proceeding allowing rural FM stations to move to top 10 radio market resulting in multi-million dollar increase in station value.
  • Lobbied state and federal regulatory agencies as well as Members of Congress in support of client positions relating to must carry/retransmission consent, operational waivers for radio and TV stations, ownership regulations, and digital conversion process.
  • Researched and developed comments, reply comments and counterproposals in highly complex FCC rule making proceedings.
  • Prepared legal arguments and produced briefs for U.S Court of Appeals matters, including for our client in the Bechtel case.
  • Counseled clients on a broad spectrum of business issues including financing/funding, employment, corporate formation and governance.
  • Negotiated and drafted a broad range of agreements including Network Affiliation, Program Distribution, Employment (sales and talent), Non-Compete, Licensing, Advertising/Sponsorship, Non-Disclosure, Interconnection, Roaming, Purchase and Sale (Asset and Stock), Joint Sales Agreements, Time Brokerage Agreements and Financing/Security/Pledge and corporate governance documents.
Associate, 12/1993 to 07/1998
Benz Communications, ,
  • Procured one-of-a-kind Special Temporary Authority to allow a client to operate its station fifteen years before FCC action licensed the operation of the station.
  • Devised a system to organize and manage the filing, prosecution to grant and construction of 500 separate facilities in the 220 MHz service on behalf of client spectrum aggregators.
  • Lobbied FCC and Congress to create Class A category for LPTV facilities then guided clients through regulatory requirements to achieve the new status.
  • Prosecuted FCC applications for authorizations in the media, wireless and cable services.
Associate, 01/1989 to 12/1993
Kenkel & Associates, ,
  • Doubled firm revenue in two years.
  • Served as "first chair" attorney in FCC administrative hearings, participated in oral argument before FCC appellate review board and briefed appeals to the full Commission and then the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C.Circuit.
  • Negotiated with Media and International Bureaus to obtain special temporary authority for station in Puerto Rico to continue to operate despite unauthorized frequency change by non-US station.
  • Achieved settlements of several multi-party comparative hearings including crafting an agreement among 20-plus applicants to conduct a private auction for a new FM station.
Masters: Education, Expected in
Wilmington College - New Castle, DE
Juris Doctor: Law, Expected in
Washington College of Law at American University - , Washington DC
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science/Communications, Expected in
Hofstra University - Hempstead, NY
GPA: cum laude cum laude graduate.

Dual Major. Cum laude graduate.


Federal Communications Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar; New York State Bar.

Admitted to: U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

Inducted: Hofstra University Radio Hall of Fame.


Acquisitions, Administrative law, Advertising, Antitrust, Broadcast, Business development, Cable, Discovery, Drafting, Due diligence, Financing, Negotiating, Programming agreements, Research, Wireless communications.

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  • Wilmington College
  • Washington College of Law at American University
  • Hofstra University

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