Sound business judgment
Effective conflict resolution
Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lexis, and Westlaw
Good interpersonal skills
Experienced public speaker
Attention to detail
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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