In-house counsel with more than twelve years experience providing legal, business, operational and strategic advice to company senior management, business people and department heads. Ensure business objectives are met, providing alternative courses of action when necessary to meet legal and regulatory requirements. Trusted leader and valuable and loyal team member with a passion for providing excellent advice and service to company senior management, business people and department heads that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.
Contract negotiation, review and drafting
Requests for proposals
Staff training and development
Regulatory and compliance
Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
Dispute resolution and litigation management
Policy and procedure development and implementation
Senior Regional Counsel April 2003 to CurrentMEDNAX, INC － Sunrise, FL
Draft, review and negotiate over 120 new and renewal commercial agreements per year and numerous other agreements, including vendor, employment, information technology, real estate, marketing and licensing agreements, and manage renewals of over 250 existing commercial agreements.
Oversee over 12 acquisitions of target businesses and dozens of growth opportunities per year.
Ensure negotiations by company personnel are performed correctly and efficiently by crafting and revising contract templates, developing reference manuals of acceptable company contract language standards and creating and implementing contracting processes, policies and procedures.
Assess risk of proposed arrangements and develop strategies to mitigate such risks.
Identify contractual, operational and employment issues that require higher levels of approval and work with company business people to secure such approvals.
Interpret contracts for company senior management and prepare contract term sheets for company business people that enables them to make sure that contractual provisions are being adhered to.
Review contract terms and responses to requests for proposals to confirm their compliance with applicable laws and regulations and company policies and partner with company business people on appropriate revisions when necessary.
Resolve contract disputes and manage company litigation.
Negotiated contract templates with several large national clients, leading to quicker turnaround on new and renewal agreements, fewer expired contracts and elimination of forfeited revenues.
Led the regionalization of the company's operational legal function.
Train, mentor and develop regional team of 5 attorneys, 5 paralegals, 1 contracts administrator and 1 assistant.
Grew and expanded role during 12 year tenure through four separate promotions.
Senior Attorney April 1997 to April 2003SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF HEARINGS AND APPEALS － Fort Lauderdale, FL
Advised 12 appellate level Administrative Law Judges on cases.
Conducted in-depth reviews of evidence and researched and analyzed applicable laws and regulations.
Drafted average of more than 60 appellate decisions per month and managed revolving docket of more than 500 cases.
Executed all facets of pre-hearing discovery, including document subpoenas and evidence gathering.
Promoted to handling complex Medicare reimbursement and overpayment cases.
Associate August 1996 to April 1997LAW OFFICE OF NORMAN GANZ － Fort Lauderdale, FL
Litigated a caseload of over 150 employment discrimination cases and personal injury cases.
Conducted and attended depositions of parties and witnesses, propounded and responded to motions, pleadings and discovery requests and represented clients in labor union grievance hearings.
Prepared clients and witnesses for depositions and trial testimony.
Intern April 1996 to August 1997MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS Compliance Department － Coral Gables, FL
Worked on all aspects of NCAA compliance.
Researched and advised Athletic Department coaches and staff on applicable NCAA regulations.
Hearing Representative October 1995 to April 1996BARNETT ASSOCIATES － Garden City, NY
Litigated unemployment insurance hearings before Administrative Law Judges.
Drafted appeals of hearings to the United States District Court of Appeals.
Prepared clients for hearing testimony.
J.D : LAW, 1995Hofstra University － Hempstead, New York, United StatesLAW
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE : MANAGEMENTPresident of Unemployment Action CenterMANAGEMENT
University of Florida － Gainesville, Florida, United StatesStudent Government Senator