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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.

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. 


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.

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)

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



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