Highly motivated transactional Massachusetts attorney with consistent results in legal areas of commercial contracts,compliance, and risk management. Corporate Counsel who excels at issue spotting, evaluating risks, policy drafting,understanding operations and legal requirements. Extensive experience managing civil litigation, drafting vendor agreements, employee policies and handbooks, statements of work, non-disclosure agreements, pleadings, discovery responses, developing legal strategies, and conducting research. Proven leadership and management experience; works well under pressure in dynamic environments.
Excels at problem identification, providing expert legal advice on business law, risk management, and employment matters.
in legal research, writing, analysis
and implementation of policy changes.
Strong interpersonal skills: Adept at creating meaningful connections with employees across departments, resulting in committed, dedicated team members, with increased productivity.
Successful project manager; solid operations knowledge enables skillful
management of legal risks with the Company's
business plan and initiatives. Business savvy.
Recognized for strong written and verbal communication and creative problem solving skills.
Strong organizational and prioritizing skills; Collaborative, proactive problem solving approach.
Directed audit of security of confidential information, trade secrets and compliance with WISP; drafted confidentiality agreements, non-disclosure agreements and hiring tools; collaborated with all departments
on implementation of compliance policy and training.
Conducted audit of Human Resource hiring practice; use of credit checks
during hiring process and authored new Company policy and procedures in light
of new legislation.
Reviewed system and processes
relative to consumer finance regulations, corrected problems, inefficiencies, and identified strategies
to improve operations.
Authored Bring Your Own Device Policy and
initiated implementation across departments to ensure compliance.
Completed audit of all outside counsel, evaluating collection rates and effectiveness of relationships. Identified problems, communicated issues and solutions
to firms. Facilitated improved collection rates for defaulted portfolio while reducing
Senior Legal Counsel June 2011 to CurrentMicroFinancial, Inc./TimePayment Corp. - Burlington, MA
Negotiates and drafts transactional agreements,
non-disclosure agreements and vendor agreements. Collaborate with Operations to
draft agreements for new business markets (funding holdback agreements,
recourse agreements, corporate guarantee agreements, promissory notes, service
agreements for software and licensing business). Address internal concerns and demands quickly to facilitate
Advises Human Resources on employment matters, drafting
non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality
agreements, security policies and hiring policies.
Advises Company on secured transactions, negotiable
instruments, leased goods, creditors and assignee rights.
Manages outside counsel in all 50 states working Company\\'s
defaulted commercial contracts; manages and monitors legal fees, while maximizing collection rates and obtaining
Manages team of five
paralegals; trains records custodians to testify for Company, addresses
all personnel matters, tracks employee metrics to monitor efficiency; provides regular employee reviews.
Drafts and reviews pleadings, motions, discovery; renders final decisions on litigation strategy,
settlements and business disputes.
Lead attorney for all Massachusetts matters; attends court hearings and settlement conferences
Drafts all contracts
and agreements for new industry
business, company operations, while addressing internal concerns and demands.
Manages risk accordingly, facilitates funding with quick decision
Facilitates portfolio acquisitions and assignments, negotiating terms and drafting
identifies issues, and establishes policies to meet regulatory compliance and matters requiring immediate
Associate Attorney January 2010 to June 2011MicroFinancial, Inc./TimePayment Corp. - Burlington, MA
In-House Counsel for finance commercial
and consumer leasing company; litigated
breach of commercial
contract claims based on UCC 2A. Drafted
and prepared legal contracts for vendors and brokers in various equipment industries. Drafted complaints, motions, and discovery
to effectively litigate
breach of contract claims in Massachusetts. Attended
court appearances for Massachusetts' matters.
Conducted cost benefit analysis of default accounts,
resolved fraud and misrepresentation issues and explored settlement options prior to litigating.
Managed and collaborated with 25 firms in litigating
claims, defense and appeals matters,
including drafting motions, complaints and discovery; testified
as record custodian
at out-of-state trials and mediations.
Created productive attorney-client relationships; reduced Company costs with effective settlements.
Managed, developed, and recommended legal theories, to effectuate favorable
Court Investigator September 2009 to May 2010Middlesex Juvenile Court - Lowell, MA
Appointed to open Care and Protection
Matters to conduct comprehensive investigation of family, the alleged abuse and neglect,
and conditions affecting
Interview child(ren), family, relevant collaterals and social service advocates. Submit fact-finding report to the Court, under oath, of
Other Legal Experience
Legal Intern January 2009 to May 2009Department of Children and Families - Lawrence, MA
Conducted legal research,
drafted pre-trial documents, and proposed findings
of fact, analyzed caseworker dictation reports to prepare collaterals for trial and assisted lead attorney in preparation for trials and Court.
Judicial Law Intern May 2008 to August 2008Honorable Judge Mary Manzi, Essex County Probate and Family Court - Salem, MA
Assisted in drafting Court decisions and orders, assisted
Clerk Magistrate, collaborated with Probation Office and Lawyer of the Day Program in serving pro-se litigants, assisted
with administrative tasks and prepared research for the clerk.
Admitted to Massachusetts State Bar, November 2009
Juris Doctorate : 2009Massachusetts School of Law - Andover, MACum Laude
Bachelor of Arts : History and Political Science, 2003Warren Wilson College - Asheville, NCCum Laude