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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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    Professional Summary
    A sixteen year legal career in private practice and in-house corporate settings focused on general corporate affairs often in a fast-paced environment with a daily committment to rendering sound and timely legal advice for the achievement of business objectives in a compliant manner.
    Skills

    Contract negotiation/drafting

    Sound business judgment

    Effective conflict resolution

    Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lexis, and Westlaw

    Active listener

    Good interpersonal skills

    Experienced public speaker

    Attention to detail

     

     

    Work History
    Senior Attorney/Assistant Corporate Secretary, 10/2008 to Current
    Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. Owensboro, KY

    In-house counsel for an interstate natural gas transmission company general transactional work including complex commercial contracts, real estate, state and federal regulatory compliance, litigation management, environmental, finance, insurance, labor and employment, and corporate secretary functions.

    Strong emphasis on commercial contracts including master service agreements, book contracts, EPC, design-build, purchase orders, preferred vendor agreements, RFP's and IT agreements.

    Advocated for a wholesale review of corporate contract policies and served as primary drafter of new policy and more robust contract templates.

    Primary manager of multi-million dollar litigation and complex commercial insurance claims.

    Experienced in managing other attorneys within the department as well as outside counsel.

    Oversaw RFP process for commercial insurance renewal and presented at face-to-face meetings with domestic and international insurers achieving a 22% savings on premium costs.

    Corporate Counsel, 02/2004 to 10/2008
    Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, MLP Owensboro, KY

    Counsel for two interstate natural gas companies, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, and Gulf South Pipeline, Inc., providing legal oversight for Contracts Administration, Materials Management, Operations and Engineering, Land, and Information Technology and Records Management departments.

    Lead attorney on a 267 mile pipeline construction project responsible for negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, and vendor agreements as well as acquisition of all easements and management of eminent domain litigation in a timely manner and within budget.

    Negotiated and drafted a complex purchase agreement with a foreign mill for a $24 million steel pipe order that later enable the company to reach a desired settlement on a defective pipe materials based upon favorable contract terms.

    Led legal effort to gain access to multiple state voluntary clean-up programs for environmental remediation. 

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    Associate Attorney, 09/1999 to 02/2004
    Sullivan, Mountjoy, Stainback & Miller, PSC Owensboro, KY

    Private practice in state and federal courts focused on general business transactional work and litigation, commercial and residential real estate, construction law, insurance defense, bankruptcy, wills and trusts, adoptions and domestic relations.

    Routinely worked on general corporate matters for firm's largest client, a rural electric generation and transmission cooperative with  four power stations in Western Kentucky. 

    Co-authored a Daubert motion and supporting brief for client in a personal injury actions that triggered a multi-million dollar settlement.

    Gained substantial litigation experience supporting partners in general business, construction law and medical malpractice cases.

    Handled the drafting legal documents such as pleadings, motions, briefs, written discovery, depositions, and oral arguments in alternative dispute and courtroom settings.

    Education
    Juris Doctor: May 1999
    Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law - Highland Heights, KY

    Cum Laude honors graduate, Class Rank 9/69, Dean's List, NKU Law Review - Contributing Editor, Kentucky State Auxiliary Award, American Inn of Court Honor Society, Intern - Kentucky Governor's Office (1998).

    Bachelor of Arts: May 1995
    Kentucky Wesleyan College - Owensboro, KY
    Presidential Scholar, Zollinger Scholar, Dean's List, Student Government President, Varsity Tennis Team, Sigma Phi Epsilon President, White House Intern (1995)
    Accomplishments

    Southern Star President's Award (2010 and 2014) - successful project strategy

    Project Co-Leader, Contracts Process Review Team - Southern Star

    Employee Excellence Award on Fayetteville/Greenville Pipeline Construction Project -Boardwalk

    Project Lead - Records and Information Management program implementation - Boardwalk

     

    Affiliations

    Daviess County Bar Association

    Kentucky Bar Association (In-House counsel board member)

    Energy Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    Tennessee Gas Association (Legislative Committee member)

    Interstate Natural Gas Association of American

    Southern Gas Association

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