Of Counsel Resume Example

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(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Career Overview
Effective corporate counsel, commercial business attorney and special assets legal manager.  Prior experience serving as a senior in-house counsel within the financial services sector.  Prior experience working as an outside counsel within a medium sized law firm.  Extensive experience in Corporate, Commercial Finance, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Litigation Management and Commercial law matters.  Expertise in representing commercial banking customers and lenders in a variety of transactions including large syndicated loans, sponsor finance loans and loans to middle market customers.

Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills on a wide array of legal matters.  
Experienced provider of strategic advice for bankruptcy, workout and restructuring matters related to commercial loan transaction.
  • In depth legal knowledge of bankruptcies, assignments for benefit of creditors, receiverships, workouts and restructurings and commercial lending resolution issues.   
  • Commercial understanding and knowledge of client business and related industry developments.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with direct reporting and contact with business and legal management and other lawyers. 
Capable negotiator and manager of complex legal projects. 
Effective communicator with all transaction parties and client levels of authority. Effective in establishing positive working relationships and collaborating with colleagues.  
Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
Ability to successfully multi-task, adjust priorities quickly to serve client's changing needs.
Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management Evanston, IL Expected in 1990 MBA : Business - GPA :
Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law Chicago, IL Expected in 1977 : Law - GPA :
Loyola University of Chicago: College of Arts and Sciences, AB Chicago, IL Expected in 1974 Bachelor of Arts : Psychology and English - GPA :
Negotiated Plan of Reorganization terms with Chapter 11 Debtors that enabled Bank Clients to receive payment in full of indebtedness.
Negotiated terms of cash collateral orders to protect Bank Client interests in numerous  Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases.
Drafted and implemented financial services sector client Bankruptcy operating procedures.
Negotiated and closed numerous restructure agreements in the form of Forbearance Agreements or Amendments or Modification Agreements.
Prepared numerous Default Letters and Reservation of Rights Letters.
Worked with co-counsel in representing Bank Client interests in Bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented creditor's interests in formulating strategy in Receivership actions and Assignment for Benefit of Creditors matters.
Negotiated and prepared voluntary surrender of collateral agreements.
Premier Bank - Of Counsel
Bryan, OH, 09/2003 - 07/2015
  • Member of Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Commercial and Litigation Groups .
  • Handled specific legal needs of commercial clients in new transactions and changes to existing transactions.
  • Negotiated, drafted and closed a variety of commercial transactions related to corporate contracts related to business operations of clients.
  • Represented legal needs of banks, financial services firms and other international, regional and local commercial clients including private and public business entities in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
  • Represented commercial finance clients extending credit as well as addressing needs of commercial borrowers seeking financing.
  • Provided practical business legal advice on corporate governance, commercial contracts, private debt and equity raise issues and strategic litigation management advice on business matters.
  • Created new legal entities based on client need and maintained existing corporate and other legal entities.
Sirius Xm - Associate General Counsel, Vice President & Assistant Secretary
Denver, CO, 2002 - 06/2003
  • Senior attorney within this multi-billion dollar public commercial high-tech equipment leasing and financing conglomerate operating globally.
  • Recruited to join Comdisco as a debtor-in-possession in its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy through its successful Plan Confirmation and emergence from Bankruptcy Proceedings.
  • Assisted management in asset liquidations related to its portfolios of equipment leasing and venture financing assets.
  • Handled wind-down and sale of operations through negotiation and closing of workouts and restructures of lease and loan transactions in venture finance business and traditional equipment leasing operations.
  • Worked with special counsel to develop litigation strategy in Chicago Bankruptcy Court to handle new cases in one central forum.
Natural Resources Defense Council - Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Washington, DC, 09/1991 - 11/2001
Chief legal officer for a diversified commercial finance company that was one of the largest privately held medical equipment leasing firms based in the United States.    
Responsible for oversight of all legal matters for the company, including financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial transactions, legal document management and record keeping, government and regulatory affairs, litigation management, corporate formation and maintenance and human resources.  
Managed and handled legal department functions, supervised a staff of attorneys and paralegals and managed, supervised and monitored the engagement of outside legal firms.   
Prepared documentation for financing of commercial equipment and asset based lending and leasing programs as new transactions 
Prepared strategy and documentation for bankruptcies, restructures, workouts and litigation.   
Drafted documentation for real estate, corporate human resources, treasury, and corporate governance then assumed additional duties for corporation in process of liquidation and reorganization of company assets. 
Sodexo Usa - Chief legal officer
Salem, VA, 08/1990 - 08/1991
  • Of Counsel to this small partnership managed law firm.
  • Represented legal needs of small and medium sized corporate clients and their principals.
  • Provided specific legal counseling and practical business advice on key client transactions.
Boulder Community Health - Associate General Counsel
Longmont, CO, 09/1984 - 07/1990
Associate General Counsel (Special Industries Group), Senior Counsel (Corporate/International Group) and Senior Attorney (Equipment Finance Group) within this wholly owned affiliate of Fuji Bank. Served in a variety of progressively more responsible duties and roles for components and divisions of Heller’s commercial financial services operating in domestic markets throughout USA and international markets in Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and Europe.   Administered and directed negotiation, preparation and review of significant loan and lease transactions, workout and restructures and management of related litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.    Provided a wide variety and range of legal services to corporate divisions of Heller including Human Resources, Facilities Services, Corporate Secretary, Treasury, Finance, Insurance, and Information Management.    Negotiated and prepared documents for commercial financing, floor plan financing programs and leasing and financing transactions for A/R, inventory and equipment including aircraft and rail car financing transactions and managed related commercial collection litigation actions and bankruptcy proceedings. 
Boulder Community Health - Senior Attorney
Lafayette, CO, 1983 - 1984
Senior Attorney with this multibillion dollar diversified financial services subsidiary of Gulf + Western Corporation
City, STATE, 1981 - 1983
Attorney in Legal Department of this multibillion diversified publicly owned global financial services company.
City, STATE, 09/1979 - 08/1981
  • Legal Department staff attorney at a multi billion-dollar worldwide manufacturer of motor vehicles, farm and construction equipment.
City, STATE, 08/1977 - 09/1979
  • Staff Attorney within this multi million-dollar consumer finance company doing business in twenty-six states.
Professional Affiliations
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Commercial Finance Association
Co-Chairman, Commercial Finance Transactions Committee of Chicago Bar Association
Licensed Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker
Outside Independent Board Member to:
Navistar Financial Retail Receivables Corp.
Gaylord Receivables Corporation: 1993 - 2002
IMC Receivables Corporation: 2000 - 2002
Volunteer Board Member to:
Friends of Chicago Public Library: 1995-1998
4343 Clarendon Condominium Association 
Attorney, business operations, closing, contracts, counseling, credit, client, clients, document management, documentation, equity, Finance, financing, financial, floor plan, government, Human Resources, Insurance, inventory, law, legal, Litigation, mergers and acquisitions, negotiation, Real Estate, record keeping, regulatory affairs, strategy, strategic, Treasury

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School Attended
  • Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management
  • Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law
  • Loyola University of Chicago: College of Arts and Sciences, AB
Job Titles Held:
  • Of Counsel
  • Associate General Counsel, Vice President & Assistant Secretary
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • Chief legal officer
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Senior Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Staff Attorney
  • Staff Attorney
  • MBA
  • Bachelor of Arts

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