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Summary
Currently employed as a law clerk where I assist the judge with research and drafting, including in delinquency and dependency cases.  Previously in private practice with extensive experience in all aspects of juvenile law primarily representing parents in dependency matters.
Experience
Law Clerk, 11/2015 Current Tioga County Court of Common Pleas Wellsboro, Pa Assist President Judge George W. Wheeler in researching any legal questions, drafting opinions and orders, along with any other issues that arise.  Gained experience with all aspects of both delinquency and dependency cases.
Associate Attorney, 03/2010 10/2015 Stephen J. Banik & Associates Wellsboro, Pa General practice firm.  Handled cases from inception through appeal.  Large portion of practice was representing parents in dependency matters.
Education and Training
2008 Villanova University School of Law Villanova, Pa J.D.
American University Washington College of Law Washington, D.C. Transferred after first year
2005 LaSalle University Philadelphia, Pa Bachelor of Arts Political Science
Licences
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania     
Middle District of Pennsylvania

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Executive Profile
Seasoned attorney and adjunct professor with the experience, passion, and background to thrive in and quickly adapt to the ever-changing demands of any environment.  Professional, warm and dynamic attorney who is committed to presenting complex concepts in a clear and concise manner. Incredibly driven, hard-working and detailed orientated, with innovative problem-solving skills and positive attitude.

Skill Highlights
  • Communication Skills
  • Court procedures/Litigator
  • Management Skills
  • Strong leader/Negotiator
  • Outstanding public speaker
  • Professional and personable
  • Passion for mentoring 
  • Organizational skills
  • Energetic personality
  • Compassionate
Memberships
  • State Bar of California (no. 207597)
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • San Diego Claims and Litigation Management (CLM)
  • McGeorge School of Law Alumni Board Member 
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney Apr 2015 to Current
Balestreri Potocki & Holmes San Diego, CA
  • Associate attorney in a mid-size firm specializing in general litigation, business, construction, housing, and real estate law, with a focus on trial preparation and trial.
  • Daily activities include client contact, legal research, depositions, preparing motions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial, and developing litigation budgets.
  • Actively involved in marketing and developing relationships with clients.
  • Assist in the evaluation, hiring and mentoring of office support staff, specifically paralegals.  
Adjunct Professor Mar 2014 to Current
University of San Diego San Diego, CA
  • Adjunct professor for business litigation classes at the University of San Diego.
  • Develop syllabi, teaching models and peer-to-peer teaching to foster collaborative learning. Encourage a high degree of student involvement through the presentation of relevant legal issues and interactive teaching style.
  • Assist students with research topic selection; edit and evaluate student writing projects; prepare and grade examinations.
  • Consistently receive excellent evaluations from students.
Business Consultant Jun 2014 to Dec 2014
Apostrophe Group, Inc. San Diego, CA
  • Consultant for venture capitalist start-up corporation specifically related to the research and development of personal care line for a celebrity client.
  • Worked to refine a strategic vision for a new product line and effectively led the project with excellence. Delivered new item development including comprehensive preliminary launch plan that justified major investments.
  • Responsible for product development, vendor relationship, management, logistics and contract negotiations. Daily oversight of design, production and creation.
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Attorney May 2013 to May 2014
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara San Diego, CA
  • Associate attorney in a large firm (100 members) specializing in general litigation, business, construction, housing, and real estate law, with a focus on trial preparation and trial.
  • Daily activities include client contact, legal research, depositions, preparing motions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial, and developing litigation budgets.
  • Actively involved in marketing and developing relationships with clients.
Attorney Aug 2010 to May 2013
Thomas Lucas San Diego, CA
  • Associate attorney in a mid-size firm, specializing in general litigation, business, construction, housing, and real estate law, with a focus on trial preparation and trial.
  • Daily activities included client contact, legal research, preparing motions, depositions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial, and developing budgets.
  • Additionally, performed marketing duties and developed business relationships with small business owners, national corporations and insurance carriers.
Partner/Attorney Jul 2000 to Jul 2010
Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP Sacramento, CA
  • Partner/Attorney in a mid-size firm in Sacramento, California, specializing in general litigation, education, business, construction, housing, and real estate law.
  • Daily activities included client contact, legal research, preparing motions, depositions, court appearances, settlement conferences, mediation, trial preparation, trial, and developing litigation budgets.
  • Recruiting, hiring and reviewing of associates and staff members.
  • Key role in securing counsel appointments for the firm by several major insurance carriers.
California State Bar- Certified Law Student Jan 1998 to May 1999
Sacramento County Public Defender's Office Sacramento, CA
  • Represented indigent misdemeanor defendants in various criminal proceedings including DUI, assault, theft and various other crimes which are punishable by up to 364 days in local or county jail.
  • Working on a daily basis with both in-custody and out-of-custody defendants and their families.  
  • This paid position provided not only traditional experience in research and writing; but also, the practical “hands on” experience of daily courtroom appearances including, litigating of motions, evidentiary hearings and assist senior attorneys in case preparation for trial or disposition.
Education
Juris Doctorate, Law 1999 University of the Pacific Sacramento, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism 1996 The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
 
Additional Information

VOLUNTEER WORK

  • CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocate Certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children within the Sacramento County foster system. Worked on behalf of an appointed foster child in assessing and advocating on his or her behalf within the foster system, school system, and general community.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation- Volunteer with the foundation as a "Wish Granter", trained in assisting the organization with the implementation of wishes for kids across the community with a life-threatening illness.
  • Globe Aware- Volunteer with an international organization in Peru whose focus is on promoting cultural awareness and sustainability by implementing community projects in various international host communities.
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Professional Summary
I am an energetic, experienced professional with a unique combination of experience, expertise and leadership skills. My legal and accounting backgrounds helped me to develop the ability to identify issues, gather and organize data, and successfully achieve successful outcomes. These skills have lead me to become an effective problem solver and a strong communicator with the ability to build and work collaboratively with colleagues, and reach out to stakeholders to develop projects and reach goals.

I have used my unique set of skills to advise and consult with non-profit organizations on successful strategies to achieve their short and long-term goals.My goal is to leverage my skills and experience to benefit the growth and development of a dynamic organization.
Skills
Analytical
Goal oriented
Problem solver
Work independently and within a team
Excellent communicatorStrong interpersonal skillsFlexibleOptimistic
Work History
Consultant, 2012 to Current
Self-Employed
Consultant for non-profit organizations, including The Ambit Foundation, TreatNow.Org and Sasha Bruce Youthworks. Streamlined operations and ensured organizational compliance with federal grant requirements for a workforce development program. Problem solved operational processes. Performed bookkeeping functions. Raised money and secured successful medical treatment for veterans suffering from brain injuries.
  • Identified and successfully lobbied members of Congress and state legislators to enact legislation to treat and heal brain injured veterans.
  • Attorney , 2000 to 2012
    Solo Practitioner
    Represented students with special needs in administrative hearings, mediation sessions, and eligibility and IEP meetings pursuant to federal law (IDEA, Rehabilitation Act of 1973), state law and regulations, and school district policies.
  • Achieved successful outcomes through litigation and negotiation in 90% of cases.
  • Developed expertise in analyzing medical and education evaluations and designing individual education plans.
    Associate Attorney, 1995 to 1999
    Law Firms
    • Represented individuals and organizations in litigation involving ERISA, the ADA and other applicable state and federal laws.
    • Prepared extensive legal memoranda and reports for trustees of retirement and health plans.
    • Supervised junior attorneys and paralegals.
    Senior Attorney, 1991 to 1995
    UMWA Health and Retirement Funds
    • Litigated employee benefit cases in federal courts.
    • Provided legal advice to the trustees of health and pension funds.
    • Supervised paralegals.
    • UMWA Health and Retirement Funds.
    Senior Attorney, 10/1982 to 10/1991
    National Labor Relations Board Washington, DC
    Represented the NLRB\'s General Counsel in litigation in administrative hearings, state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout the United States.Advised Board Members on unfair labor practice and representation issues, drafted internal agency memoranda and final case decisions.
    Education
    J.D.: Cleveland State University, School of Law - Cleveland, OH
    Juris Doctor – Top 20% Member – Moot Court Board of Governors
    Bachelor of Science: Accounting , CW Post College/Long Island University -
    Additional Information
    Since 2012, I have served as an assistant to the head coach of the Washington-Lee High School football team. I have served as a statistician and spotter, tutored students with classroom assignments, transported students to and from medical appointments when their parents were unable to do so, and cooked pre-game meals.
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    Summary
    Experienced, detail-oriented, and high-performing professional, with superior ability to provide oversight and strategic advice on nuclear nonproliferation law and policy, cybersecurity law and policy, counterintelligence, constitutional law, federal administrative laws and policies, national security, and U.S. foreign relations laws. Seeking to advance in responsibility within Homeland Security or Department of Defense agency to better service the intelligence community.
    Highlights
    • Strong leader
    • Professional and personable
    • Skilled mediator
    • Intellectual property
    • Infrastructure Protection
    • Policy Analysis
    • Information Security
    • Information Sharing
    • Homeland Security
    • FOIA
    • Privacy Law
    • Intelligence
    Experience
    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Baltimore National Hearing Center Baltimore, MD Attorney-Advisor 10/2014 to Current
    • Conducted comprehensive pre-hearing file reviews to organize and develop evidence and researched applicable laws and policy. 
    • Advised Administrative Law Judge on case recommendations in accordance with all evidence of record and all applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and policies.
    • Drafted legally sufficient and policy compliant disability decisions for review and signature by Administrative Law Judge.
    • Communicated with claimant attorney representatives on an as-needed basis for pre and post-hearing case development.
    SPROWLS & ASSOCIATES Pauls Valley, OK Associate Attorney 03/2012 to 08/2013
    • Offered exemplary service in representing injured workers in workers' compensation and personal injury cases that led in winning various bench trials in courts of record and handling hundred witness and expert depositions.
    • Ensured provision of exemplary counseling and advise on clients on all aspects of the case from intake to conclusion.
    • Administered the entire phase of the case, including investigation and discovery, while carrying out extensive document review.
    • Drafted appellate briefs and contended before appeal panels to maintain winning record on appeals.
    FENTON, FENTON, SMITH, RENEAU & MOON P.C Oklahoma City, OK Associate Attorney 08/2010 to 02/2012
    • Led efforts in winning numerous bench trials by proficiently defending employers and insurance carriers in workers' compensation and personal injury cases.
    • Developed trial defenses by deposing more than hundred witnesses and subject matter experts.
    • Accomplished legal research on novel issues of law and sustained a winning record with appellate and trial briefs.
    OKLAHOMA CITY MUNICIPAL COUNSELOR'S OFFICE Oklahoma City, OK Law Clerk/Intern 05/2008
    • Applied industry expertise in defending various small tort claims against the city and made disposition recommendations to city council for settlement. Prepared motions and briefs based on the results obtained from the legal research performed for staff attorneys, along with pleadings and motions for ongoing litigation files.
    • Worked closely with staff attorneys in deposition and trial preparation.
    ADVANCED DISCOVERY Washington, DC Attorney
    • Assisted associates and partners of client law firms in document review, analysis and production for their Federal Communications Commission and U.S.
    • Department of Justice litigation and antitrust practice areas on ongoing investigations Reviewed documents for responsiveness to agency document requests and attorney-client privilege.
    • Conducted research into cable and telecommunications industries that were the subject of agency investigations and document requests and assisted client law firm in responding to interrogatories.
    LDISCOVERY, LLC McLean, VA Attorney
    •  Assisted associates and partners of client law firms in document review, analysis and production for their Federal Communications Commission and U.S.
    • Department of Justice litigation and antitrust practice areas and ongoing investigations.
    • Reviewed documents for responsiveness to agency document requests and attorney-client privilege.
    • Conducted research into cable and telecommunications industries that were the subject of agency investigations and document requests and assisted client law firm in responding to interrogatories.
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Washington, DC Legal Intern
    • Developed effective policies and training materials for Department of Human Services (DHS) components and fusion center privacy officers that protect and preserve privacy and civil rights and civil liberties in the information sharing environment.
    • Performed thorough research pivotal in the application of the full spectrum of federal and international privacy protection laws and policies.
    • Created and presented reports and deliverables on the facts and circumstances of criticisms of current DHS activities regarding privacy and constitutionally protected liberties.
    FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION Washington, DC Legal Intern
    • Conducted comprehensive study on facts and law related to violations of Federal Aviation Regulations and arranged investigative files for enforcement actions by the agency.
    • Prepared motions and correspondence regarding up-to-date enforcement proceedings.
    • Rendered assistance to staff attorneys in preparing cases for oral arguments in appeals before the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.
    Education
    Master of Laws (LL.M) May 2014 THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Washington DC
    National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Outstanding Academic Achievement in Advanced Immigration Law
    Juris Doctor
    J.D May 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF LAW, Norman, OK GPA: AmJur International Human Rights Law Dean's List Academic Distinction AmJur International Human Rights Law Dean's List Academic Distinction
    U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, and American Legal History Courses
    History, Politics, and Geography May 2006 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, Bethany, OK GPA: magna cum laudeNational Dean's List (History, Politics, and Geography) President's Award (Finalist) Graduated Cum Laude, National Dean's List (History, Politics, and Geography) President's Award (Finalist)
    Professional Affiliations
    Bar Admissions United States Supreme Court State of Oklahoma U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division American Constitution Society ACTIVITIES Volunteer, AFL-CIO