(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Experienced In-House Counsel and Corporate Foundation Executive with over 10 years of experience providing effective business partnering and mission focused solutions. 
  • Legal advisor to Senior Leadership Teams
  • Sales and Marketing legal Advice and Training
  • Advertising and Promotion Review (Rx and OTC)
  • Product Launches
  • Product Labeling
  • Non-profit Officer and Counsel
  • Non-profit Board Member
  • Fund Development
  • Transparency and Disclosure
  • Industry Association Workgroups
  • External Relations
Washington and Lee University School of Law Lexington, VA Expected in May 1997 Juris Doctorate : - GPA :
G.P.A. 3.12
Burkes Scholar
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Expected in 1994 Bachelor of Arts : Psychology - GPA :
G.P.A. 3.5
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Regional Leadership Development Program Graduate (BI- Americas).  Four-time Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. President's Award Recipient.
Cushman & Wakefield - Senior Counsel
Oakland, CA, 04/2016 - 08/2016
  • Newly created role as lead counsel responsible for advising Cigna's Medicare Part D Leadership Team on legal issues pertinent the ethical treatment of Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Role impacted by material shift in external circumstances. 
San Francisco Goodwill - Director and Senior Counsel II
Fillmore, CA, 10/2011 - 04/2016
  •  Lead Counsel for the US Oncology Business Unit advising a cross functional team on advertising, promotion, regulatory and strategic business issues.
  • Member of the Oncology Leadership Team, Global Oncology Legal Team and Therapeutic Area Steering Committee Member.
  • Lead Counsel for the US Consumer Health Care (OTC) Division, advising on FDA and FTC issues related to consumer advertising across all media.
  • Consumer Healthcare Leadership Team and Global Consumer Healthcare Legal Team.
  • Lead Counsel for Sunshine Act Implementation Team, and Transparency and Disclosure Council, actively participating in PhRMA working teams to shape industry response and implementation plan.
  • Legal Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors for BICARES Foundation, advising on charitable contributions, Patient Assistance and Product Donation Programs, member of Global Product Donation Team.
San Francisco Goodwill - Senior Associate Director and Senior Counsel
South San Francisco, CA, 02/2009 - 10/2011
  • Counsel for the Oncology Business Unit.
  • Counsel for Physician Open Payments ("Sunshine Act") implementation.
  • Counsel for Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area brand teams
  • Conducted training for our external speaker's bureau.
  • Legal Operations representative on BI's Compliance Committee advising on internal investigations.
  • Counsel- BICARES Foundation.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals - Associate Director and Corporate Counsel
City, STATE, 02/2007 - 02/2009
  • Provided legal advice to sales, marketing and compliance colleagues on the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and fraud and abuse laws.
  • Provided direct legal support and management of external legal support for the Strategic Sourcing (Procurement) Department.
  • Provided legal support to BI USA Corporate Restructuring Project.

USI Consulting Group - Assistant Benefits Counsel
City, STATE, 06/2005 - 02/2007
  • Provided legal analysis and consultation on various health and welfare plan issues.
  • Advised in-house and external clients on compliance with state and federal mandates, including HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, and ERISA.
  • Assisted business clients with Medicare Part D implementation efforts, including notice requirements and subsidy applications.
  • Drafted and modified plan documents for cafeteria plans and educational assistance plans.
  • Drafted client education articles for Benefits Info Source.
Amistad Academy And Achievement First, Inc - Director of Development/Government and Community Relations
City, STATE, 2004 - 05/2005
  •  Coordinated major gifts from foundations, corporations and individual donors.
  • Developed and maintained external relationships across stakeholders.
  • Successfully lobbied Connecticut General Assembly for additional $1M funding for public charter schools.
  • Drafted Press Releases and external stakeholder communications
  • Organized all press events including release of PBS documentary and visit from Secretary of Education.
CIGNA - Attorney Consultant
City, STATE, 09/2002 - 11/2003
  •  Served as legal staff representative to the HealthCare Division OFAC and USA Patriot Act compliance projects.
  • Provided counsel to sales and marketing divisions on applicable laws, regulations and federal initiatives.
Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C - Associate
City, STATE, 2001 - 09/2002
  • Represented hospitals in medical malpractice defense cases.
  • Advised hospitals and physician practices on risk management and health care regulatory issues.
  • Defended non-compete clauses in employment agreements.
  • Counseled hospital clients on physician recruitment/contracting issues.
Wiggin & Dana - Associate
City, STATE, 08/1998 - 2001
  •  Advised hospitals and nursing homes on fraud and abuse issues.
  • Drafted compliance programs, service contracts and employment agreements.
  • Advised non-profit clients on issues related to 501(c) 3 status.
Leadership, Counseling Executive, Team Leader, Business Unit Counsel, Executive Team Advisor, Advertising and Promotion Review, Pharmaceutical Industry, Consumer Products Industry, Foundations, Non-Profits, Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Relations, External Relations, FDA, FTC, and Fraud and Abuse Subject Matter Expert, Compliance/Legal Business Partnering, Cross Functional Team Management,  Outside Counsel Management, Recruitment, Transparency and Disclosure, Diversity Advisor and Speaker, Business Resource Group Leader, Education Reform, Legislative Policy, Commercial Contracts. 
Additional Information

  • License: Virginia 1997; Connecticut 1998
  • Honors and Awards: Law Alumni Association Scholarship; Randall Bezanson Award Recipient; Burkes Scholar; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Bachelor of Arts-Psychology, magna cum laude, May 1994 Honors and Awards: Phi Beta Kappa; Deans List; Day of Pride Scholarship
Professional Affiliations
Connecticut Bar Foundation -James W. Cooper Fellow; Board of Directors- George Crawford Black Bar Association- 2014- 2016;  Board of Directors- Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity 2012-2016; Board of Directors-CT CASA- Children in Placement 2009-2012 African Heritage Business Resource Group- Chair 2009, Vice Chair 2011 Wiggin & Dana Diversity Advisory Board, Corporate Counsel Women of Color.  

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