Senior Staff AttorneyGULFSTREAM PARK － HALLANDALE, FL
Proactively recruited to manage the Legal Office for the largest entity in the city consisting of a world-class racetrack, casino, entertainment, dining, retail shops and corporate offices on 252-acres with 1000 employees.
Serve as a key member of the senior management team to manage general legal services, supervision of outside counsel, and strategic business planning initiatives.
Areas of accountability encompass governance, contracts, litigation, risk management, personal injury claims, regulatory compliance, employment law, intellectual property, investments, and other legal matters.
09/2008 to 08/2014
Senior Attorney/Sole PractitionerLAW OFFICE OF RICHARD B. PATTERSON JR － SALEM, MA
CONTINUED) GULFSTREAM PARK - (CONTINUED) Successfully implemented an Early Intervention Strategy to resolve personal injury cases quickly and limit liability, risk, and legal cost.
Developed and implemented future defense fund and preventative measures to avoid litigation through mediations, settlements, etc.
Conduct legal research on Westlaw and/or Lexis Nexis on existing law, statutes and rules for pre-trial hearings.
Develop talking points to respond to media inquiries and manage sensitive business reputation and public relations issues.
Work closely with outside counsel on all investigations and slip-and-fall litigation.
Currently manage an active caseload of 20.
Strategize with property manager on daily operations and tenant issues.
Performed due diligence and contributed to an ongoing landlord-tenant case resulting in a favorable verdict of $500k.
Partner with some of the largest law firms in the state on issues including personal injury, regulatory matters, and commercial real estate.
Managed a full service law firm primarily engaged in matters involving: personal injury (slip & fall, auto accidents); real estate purchase, sale, and evictions); criminal law (OUI/DWI); divorce and family law (including modifications and contempts); civil litigation; Wills and probate of estates.
Handled all facets of litigation including pretrial discovery, pleading preparation, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and trial work.
Successfully handled hundreds of cases providing personal, quality legal services.
Position was highly visible within the community and involved a high level of diplomacy in dealing with businesses and individuals at all levels, from diverse backgrounds.
Generated successful results and a loyal, satisfied client base.
Real Estate Transactions Handled hundreds of real estate cases involving closings, refinances, lease drafting, negotiations, loan modifications, and evictions.
Successfully represented and defended a large real estate developer, at jury trial, in a multiple-count Civil Complaint, with potential exposure over $1MM.
Jury awarded only nominal damages.
Researched and advised on legal issues relating to real estate entities and corporate law.
Civil Litigation & Personal Injury Practiced in all aspects of civil litigation including intake, interviews, fact investigations and analysis, discovery, document production, motion practice, attending mediation hearings, and preparing oral arguments to obtain final judgments.
Practiced in multiple aspects of personal injury including auto accidents and premises liability.
Experienced in reviewing complex medical records and preparing medical chronologies.
Proactively reviewed and conducted in- depth analyses of insurance policies for coverage determination.
Prepared pleadings, drafted and propounded discovery, as well as took depositions.
Earned a strong reputation for exceptional discovery skills and uncovering important facts and causation issues that impacted claims.
Negotiated personal injury settlements for satisfied clients, including a slip & fall settlement in the amount of $125k.
Effectively litigated and obtained settlements in personal injury cases against national carriers and automobile insurers.
09/1984 to 08/2008
AttorneyMAVROS & FITZGERALD － LYNN, MA
Represented clients at this general law practice in a wide range of matters including civil and criminal matters, personal injury, real estate, and commercial litigation.
Responsible for large caseload from inception to resolution encompassing drafting briefs, motions and oral arguments; legal research and taking depositions from all types of witnesses including experts.
Contributed to growing client base and increasing law firm revenue.
Litigation and Mediation Managed discovery, conducted and defended key witness depositions, drafted persuasive motions, and prepared settlement agreements.
Skilled in conducting client interviews, analyzing potential cases, handling pre-suit discovery and investigations, preparing cases for trial, and case management.
Negotiated over $1MM in personal injury settlements for satisfied clients, including an auto accident personal injury settlement in the amount of $250k.
Maintained continuous client contact to strengthen the attorney-client relationship.
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InstructorSALEM STATE COLLEGE － SALEM, MA
Prepared and presented Law lectures to adult education students.
Effectively created a thought-provoking learning environment.
and achieve a high degree of student success.
Assessed student abilities, evaluated performance and provided career.
development counseling services in a proactive effort to advance skills.
01/1989 to 01/1991
InstructorENDICOTT COLLEGE － BEVERLY, MA
Taught Criminal Law and Legal Research courses to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Legal Studies.
discussions, administered examinations and assisted students outside of class.
Assess student abilities, evaluated performanc e.
and provided career development counseling services in a proactive effort to advance skills.
Attracted enthusiastic student enrollment with courses filling quickly.
Received excellent departmental and student evaluations.
Juris Doctor DegreeNew England School of Law － Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts Degree: HistoryUniversity of Massachusetts － Boston, MAHistory
Well-rounded, experienced Senior Level Attorney with a successful background of providing strategic advice to executive management which advances an organization's mission and goals. Significant strengths in commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and corporate law. An outstanding legal strategist and trusted advisor who effectively anticipates legal issues, manages risk, and ensures compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Diligent in the pursuit of the best solutions for a company. Other strengths encompass: Legal Strategy/Management and Litigation Mediation/Dispute Resolution/ADR Legal Advisement/Litigation Commercial Real Estate Outside Counsel Oversight Personal Injury Contract Review/Regulatory Compliance Risk Management Programs & Audits Policy/Procedure Development Crisis Intervention/PR Response Landlord-Tenant Law Case Management Significant strengths in Business Litigation with demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams as a tactical business partner, cultural and change steward, and operational expert. Strong business acumen and intellectual curiosity with exceptional integrity and ethics. Provide superior representation while handling all aspects of intake, litigation, and settlement. Invaluable legal expertise, able to efficiently balance the costs of litigation with desired results. A highly visible position with a diverse span of responsibilities critical to advancing the company's mission and strategic goals, as well as anticipating legal issues, managing risk, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Involved in strategy and policy decisions in pursuit of business opportunities. Effectively monitor and control costs incurred by outside professionals including attorneys and consultants. Serve as an experienced problem-solver who maintains key regulatory contacts. Conduct contract analysis/review for relevant entities in the corporate structure. Legal/Regulatory Compliance/Document Review Manage the company's strategic legal needs including governance, risk management, regulatory compliance, contract management, litigation management, and labor/employment issues. Successfully address all matters pertaining to compliance with gaming industry regulations affecting conduct and licensing. Provide advice directly to senior executives regarding any commercial, legal and/or public relations issues. Manage a team of outside attorneys on complex litigation. Review, draft and approve contracts pertaining to advertising, purchasing, landlord-tenant, casino vendors, racetrack operations, and entertainment events. Strategic Operational Planning/Risk Management Participate as member of the Leadership Team in establishing governance processes of direction and control to ensure that
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Broward County Bar Association VOLUNTEER WORK Court Appointed Conciliator for small claims cases, Lynn District Court, Lynn, MA Court Appointed Conciliator for civil cases, Salem District Court, Salem, MA 'Lawyer of the Day', Salem Probate & Family Court Reduced fee and pro bono client representation, as a Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
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