Senior Staff Attorney10/2011 to Current New York City Department of Consumer AffairsNew York, NY
Work with the Commissioner and senior management on (1) developing policies and regulations relating to pharmacies, process servers, toxic toys and synthetic marijuana; (2) developing materials regarding recent Department actions for journalists; (3) creating materials for press conferences; and (4) drafting summary reports for the New York City Council.
Member of multi-agency team whose goal is to stop the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in New York City.
Research new areas in which the Department could apply New York City's unfair trade practices law and worked with colleagues to develop specific rules regarding what constitutes a deceptive trade practice.
Investigated and prosecuted over three hundred process servers and one hundred process serving agencies that engaged in fraudulent service of process and failed to comply with recordkeeping, reporting and monitoring regulations.
Work included (1) drafting investigation plans, subpoenas, notices of violation, motions for summary judgment, trial plans, witness examination outlines, post-hearing memoranda, appeal briefs, and license denial letters; (2) negotiating over two hundred settlements; (3) conducting fourteen depositions; (4) preparing witnesses to testify at administrative hearings; (5) trying eight cases before administrative law judges; and (6) working with the New York City Law Department on court appeals.
Conducted trainings on process server laws and rules for licensees and Department staff, created reports and forms to assist licensees comply with rules and laws, assisted with the agency's response to press inquiries, drafted a report to the New York City Council summarizing the process server industry's compliance with new regulations, and drafted New York City's Process Server Compliance and Enforcement Plan.
Supervise attorneys, staff, and interns on operational matters, research projects, document reviews, and legal document drafting.
Developed operational protocols for handling complaints and legal interpretations requests relating to the process serving industry, assumed primary responsibility for providing interpretive guidance to the industry, created master complaint chart to track the status of each complaint, developed questionnaires and document lists for consumer interviews, interviewed victims of fraudulent service of process, and worked with mediators to resolve complaints efficiently.
Worked with consumers to obtain over $100,000 in restitution from home improvement contractors that engaged in fraudulent business practices.
Investigated and prosecuted secondhand auto dealers, pawnbrokers, pedicab companies and towing companies for violations of advertising, billing, financing, and recordkeeping regulations and various criminal conduct, including selling stolen iPhones, assault and battery, and making false sworn statements to public officials.
Investigated pharmacies to determine compliance with language assistance laws, which included drafting investigation plans and summaries, reviewing discovery responses, developing undercover investigation scripts, training investigators on undercover protocols, and working with pharmacies to achieve increased compliance.
Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.
04/2008 to 10/2011 ProsecutorBoston, MA
Investigated and prosecuted architects, barber shops, chiropractors, electricians, cosmetologists, engineers, funeral directors, health officers, home inspectors, landscape architects, nutritionists, plumbers, psychologists, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, social workers, speech pathologists, and veterinarians for violations of Board regulations and criminal conduct.
Negotiated over one hundred settlement agreements, drafted and won over twenty motions for summary judgment, examined over twenty trial witnesses, won thirty-six trials before administrative law judges, and analyzed and interpreted the regulations of over fifteen professions in order to draft Notices of Violation and prosecute cases.
Representative Cases: Represented Board of Chiropractors in insurance fraud litigation against chiropractic facilities.
Drafted and responded to discovery requests, communicated with potential expert witnesses, consulted with insurance companies, conducted legal research and drafted successful motions for summary judgment that led to revocations of individual chiropractor and chiropractic facility licenses.
Represented Board of Psychologists in administrative litigation against psychologists who violated the American Psychological Association's ethical code.
Issued subpoenas, drafted and responded to discovery motions, drafted expert disclosures, prepared fact and expert witnesses for trial, drafted motions in limine, and conducted a successful five-day trial that resulted in severe restrictions on psychologist's right to practice.
Represented Board of Professional Engineers in administrative litigation against engineer who used his employer's resources to benefit his personal business interests.
Drafted and responded to discovery requests, drafted a successful motion for partial summary judgment, made oral arguments relating to motions, prepared witnesses for trial, and conducted successful four-day trial.
Represented Board of Funeral Directors in administrative litigation against funeral director who misappropriated client funds.
Drafted and responded to discovery requests, consulted with investigators, engaged in settlement negotiations, and drafted motion for summary judgment that led to revocation of funeral director's license.
Represented Board of Public Accountancy in administrative litigation against accounting firm for violation of generally accepted auditing standards.
Researched potential theories of liability, drafted and responded to discovery requests, consulted with the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor, worked with an accounting expert on his expert report, prepared expert witness for trial and conducted a successful three-day trial that led to restrictions on accounting firm's right to practice.
Prosecuted real estate brokers who were convicted of shoplifting, tax evasion, possession of controlled substances, and assault and battery, electricians who were convicted of various sex crimes, a chiropractor who attempted to murder an attorney, hearing instrument officers that stole equipment and client lists from their prior employer, and a health officer who impersonated a U.S.
Secret Service agent.
Litigation Associate09/2003 to 03/2008 Foley Hoag LLPBoston, MA
Represented victim of housing discrimination in administrative litigation before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Assumed lead attorney role, supervised junior associate and paralegal on research assignments, drafted complaint, conducted discovery, and negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of client.
Represented pharmaceutical company and medical device manufacturer in patent litigation.
Drafted amended answer and counterclaims, discovery requests, discovery motions, motion for summary judgment, pre-trial motions and appeal brief.
Prepared clients for depositions, assisted expert witness with the development of his expert report and second-chaired bench trial.
Supervised attorneys on documents productions and factual development.
Represented accounting firm in securities class action and formal SEC investigation.
Assisted in factual development of revenue recognition issues, conducted legal research on accountant liability issues, reviewed documents in order to respond to SEC subpoenas, prepared witnesses for depositions and formal SEC interviews, drafted deposition outlines and digests, and assisted with the drafting of an expert report that resulted in a favorable settlement.
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Juris Doctor2003Boston College Law School THE BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW
Cornell University, College of Art and SciencesNewton Ithaca, MA NYGPA: cum laudecum laude
Bachelor of Arts: GovernmentGovernment Admitted in Massachusetts and New York.