Attorney with a diverse background within both the public and private sector. Excellent analytic and research skills with extensive experience in Family Law. Practice experience also includes elder law, real estate, criminal and civil litigation.
Real Estate Law
Criminal prosecution and defense
Legal research, writing and editing
Vehicle and traffic law
Owner, 06/2011 to Current Uncork Hospitality Group – Albany, NY
Managed all facets of multi-million dollar, full service Belgian Restaurant.
Extensive contact with customers on a daily basis.
Worked with vendors/providers of food, beer, wine, liquor and various goods necessary to maintaining business.
Responsible for all print and online marketing efforts.
Department Counsel, 06/2006 to 06/2011 Rensselaer County Department of Social Services – Troy, NY
Prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in Rensselaer County Family Court.
Initiated, filed and litigated adult guardianship cases in Surrogates and Supreme Court.
Prepared materials for and conducted permanency hearings in Rensselaer County Family Court.
Conducted fair hearings before administrative law judges in review of cases indicated for child abuse and neglect.
Practice Area Editor, 05/2003 to 05/2006 LexisNexis Matthew Bender – Albany, NY
Edited criminal, military and family law titles encompassing Federal and various state jurisdictions.
Delivered first on-time publication following implementation of new publishing tool.
Developed new products and publications designed to increase revenue.
Provided support to customer service department regarding publication questions to maintain satisfaction of customer base while attracting new business.
Member of Albany Cares Committee team charged with decision making of money allocations to persons in need.
Deputy County Attorney, 01/2001 to 05/2003 Rensselaer County Attorney's Office – Troy, NY
Conducted investigations and prosecution of Juvenile Delinquent and Persons in Need of Supervision petitions in Family Court.
Oversaw filing of petitions and litigated fact finding and dispositional stages of juvenile proceedings in Rensselaer Co. Family Court
Closed over fifteen hundred cases at the dispositional stage.
Implemented database tracking system to manage caseload allowing easier file management; tracking system is still in use.
Provided pro bono Family Court services for The Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project representing persons without sufficient finances in need of a lawyer.
Member: Rensselaer County Youth Detention Service Advisory Board; START Children's Center counseling services to abused children.
Assistant Public Defender, 04/2000 to 12/2000 Rensselaer County Public Defender's Office – Troy, NY
Managed all facets of casework within Family court including custody, visitation, child support and family offense matters.
Provided criminal defense for misdemeanors and felonies at the local and county court levels.
Attorney, 12/1997 to 12/2000 Gorman & Gorman, LLP – Latham, NY
Advised clients within general law practice setting on issues including family law, real estate, criminal matters, corporations, estate planning, contracts and vehicle and traffic matters.
Litigated matters in Supreme, Family, Criminal, Surrogate's, Civil and Traffic Court.
Prepared research and written materials in various areas of law.
Attorney: 1997 New York State Bar - Albany, NY
J.D.: 1996 Whittier Law School - Costa Mesa, CA
Bachelor of Arts: English, 1990 Clemson University - Clemson, SC English