professional able to provide a supportive legal counselor role and dispense legal advice as required. Specialist in contracts and legal issue analysis, administration and litigation. Expert in legal research, writing, interpreting laws, rules and regulations, drafting legal briefs, conducting discovery, negotiating and preparing settlement agreements and other legal instruments. Superior ability to conduct complex litigation in cases before the state courts of Pennsylvania and before the Public Utility Commission.
Successfully argued case before PA Superior court which prompted statewide procedural rule change to family law.matters. Brickus v.Dent, 5 A.3d 1281 (2010).
General Counsel, SBG Management Services, Inc － Abington, PA
Handle all aspects of in house corporate transactional matters for tri-county property management company.
Responsible for understanding the law, identifying potential legal problems and providing appropriate legal advice.
Communicates with client and departmental staff to investigate facts and determine legal implications and actions.
Makes recommendations to client as to identified risks and challenges regarding business decisions.
Advises client on the best course of action and the appropriate legal vehicle to accomplish company objectives.
Maintains an up to date working knowledge of legal elements and issues in commercial real estate law, PUC matters, energy regulations, and other transactional issues as it relates to client's various business enterprises.
Performs legal research, drafts legal contracts, files legal documents, memoranda and briefs, engages in complex litigation before state courts, administrative agencies and regulatory bodies, such as the Public Utility Commission.
Evaluates facts, shapes legal theories and determines applicable elements of legal matters ensuring issues are accurately incorporated into legal documents which advance legal arguments.
Effecitively communicates with opposing counsel and negotiates settlement proposals for client review.
Achieves solutions to issues by persuading company leadership to act to ensure compliance with laws and regulations related to key business areas.
Prepares, reviews and drafts various transactional documents including contracts, memoranda of understanding, licenses, leases, and other technical or administrative agreements pertaining to client's business entities.
Extensive experience and competency in appearing before the PUC on energy related matters.
Obtained Initial Decisions resulting in significant refunds for client and civil penalties imposed on the public utility.
Oversees case management on legal matters handled by outside counsel.
Staff Attorney & Manager Solo Practitioner, The Law Office of Donna S. Ross, LLC － Wayne W. Chester, PA
Specialized in contract analysis; managed all phases of trial preparation and civil litigation in real estate matters.
Litigated for distressed clients entrenched in commercial transactions, real estate and consumer law matters.
Negotiated with opposing counsel, obtained favorable settlements for clients.
Conducted discovery, evidentiary hearings and trials.
Efficiently and effectively resolved cases in clients' favor through creative trial techniques.
Argued and won landmark case that propelled a state-wide legislative procedural rule change in family support matters.
Conducted and engaged in complex litigation, trial preparation, discovery and settlement negotiations in support law.
Worked cooperatively with cross-functional departments and staff on departmental activities.
Trained and developed staff of four paternity coordinators responsible for processing cases.
Acted as in-house counsel to county department and advised key office personnel on legal issues and policy.
Advised administrative staff on rules, regulations and laws on variety of issues.
Assisted with policy development and implementation for the department.
Managed a high-volume caseload.
Addressed strategic issues of public policy before statewide council of Domestic Relations Offices.
Assistant State's Attorney 's Attorney, Office of the Cook County State's Attorney － Chicago, IL
Managed and supervised UIFSA legal team.
Responsible for team's daily case management.
Conducted evidentiary hearings and settlement conferences before hearing officers and judiciary.
Worked cooperatively with cross-functional departments to improve organizational relations and case management.
Initiated and coordinated special task force to administer court policies and procedures.
Staff Attorney Prairie State Legal Services － St Charles, IL
Researched, drafted pre-trial, trial memoranda and settlement agreements.
Effectively managed high volume caseload.
Engaged in extensive discovery practice and civil trial practice.
Juris Doctorate, Masters of LawTemple University - Beasley School of Law Trial Advocacy
Temple University - Beasely School of Law － Philadelphia Villanova, PA
Juris DoctorateVillanova University School of Law － Villanova, PA
Bachelor of Science : Business Management/Human RelationsUniversity of Maryland － College Park, MDBusiness Management/Human Relations
Excellent legal researcher and writer, Highly effective negotiator, Complex problem solver, Effective communicator, Works collaboratively with other, Skilled litigator, Strong Interpersonal Skills, Works Indepently