(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
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.
  • Extensive experience 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.
Massachusetts School of Law Andover, MA Expected in 2009 Juris Doctorate : - GPA : Cum Laude
Warren Wilson College Asheville, NC Expected in 2003 Bachelor of Arts : History and Political Science - GPA : Cum Laude
Key Results
  • 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 legal expenses.
Professional Experience
Avanade - Senior Legal Counsel
Tuscaloosa, AL, 05/2011 - Current
  • 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 funding. 
  • 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 collectible judgments.
  • 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 making.
  • Facilitates portfolio acquisitions and assignments, negotiating terms and drafting necessary agreements.
  • Conducts research, identifies issues, and establishes policies to meet regulatory compliance and matters requiring immediate resolutions 
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young Llp - Associate Attorney
Austin, TX, 2010 - 05/2011
  • 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 case resolution.
Montgomery County, Oh - Court Investigator
Dayton, OH, 08/2009 - 04/2010
  • Appointed to open Care and Protection Matters to conduct comprehensive investigation of family, the alleged abuse and neglect, and conditions affecting the child(ren).
  • Interview child(ren), family, relevant collaterals and social service advocates. Submit fact-finding report to the Court, under oath, of  investigation.
Other Legal Experience
Department of Children and Families - Legal Intern
Lawrence, MA, 2009 - 04/2009
  • 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.
Honorable Judge Mary Manzi, Essex County Probate and Family Court - Judicial Law Intern
Salem, MA, 04/2008 - 07/2008
  • 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.

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