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Management Real Estate

Location:
Floral Park, New York, 11001, United States
Posted:
March 17, 2011

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******* J. ********

***A Tulip Avenue, Floral Park, NY 11001

Cell: (516) ***-**** ( ***************@*****.***

Experienced In-House Counsel with a broad background in insurance,

compliance, litigation management and contract administration. Skilled in

providing legal advice and counsel to corporate executives and business

personnel on risk management issues and developing strategies for

minimizing litigation across all lines of business. Expertise in

litigation defense work, strong negotiation skills, management experience

and excellent inter-personal skills. Ability to quickly master new roles,

responsibilities, technologies and environments. Licensed in New York,

Connecticut and Nevada. Willing to relocate.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Litigation Management ( Corporate Governance ( Strategic Planning

Franchise Law ( Risk Management ( Regulatory Compliance ( Intellectual

Property

Bankruptcy ( Resource Management ( Negotiations ( Human Resources (

Litigation Defense ( Collections

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

******* J. ********, ESQ., Long Island, NY (2009-present)

Legal Consultant/Contract Attorney

Accountable for overseeing a broad range of general business matters for a

diverse range of clients in New York and formerly, Nevada. Provide counsel

to individual clients in the areas of estate administration, bankruptcy,

collections, and real estate matters. Act as exclusive counsel to a small

business owner regarding entity formation, liability issues, contracts,

collections, and general business matters. Recently completed a long-term

temporary assignment involving a large-scale document production on behalf

of a NJ real estate franchisor.

ASSIST-2-SELL, INC., Reno, NV (2007-2009)

General Counsel

Maintained full accountability for the legal affairs of a real estate

franchisor with 450+ offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Acted as the

chief legal advisor to executive management and provided counsel regarding

the legal implications of new business initiatives and activities. Ensured

corporate compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as

internal policies and procedures. Prepared annual franchise disclosure

document, negotiated and drafted vendor contracts and ensured franchisee

compliance in an effort to maintain brand integrity. Applied project

management skills toward achieving critical deadlines while maintaining

high quality standards.

Selected Highlights:

. Pursued non-compliant franchisees by serving forbearance agreements

and terminating franchise contracts, and diligently enforcing non-

compete agreements, where permitted.

. Managed the company's intellectual property portfolio and actively

enforced trademark issues by aggressively pursuing cease and desist

orders against infringers and filing oppositions with the Trademark

Trial and Appeal Board.

. Evaluated, assessed and responded to anti-competitive behavior by

trade associations and other organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., Carson City, NV (2005-2007)

Senior Corporate Counsel

Acted as the primary attorney for Harley-Davidson Insurance Agency, a

provider of motorcycle insurance and rider protection products.

Collaborated with other HDFS divisions and subsidiaries, including

Eaglemark Savings Bank to ensure compliance with consumer finance laws and

banking regulations. Planned and coordinated multiple projects to maximize

efficiency and achieve critical timelines in securing regulatory approvals,

evaluating interstate marketing and

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advertising materials, drafting product forms, and approving new procedures

and compliance issues. Trained and motivated the legal/compliance staff,

including tracking staff member performance and ensuring adherence to

company policies and procedures. Liaised between departments to accurately

and effectively reply to inquiries from State Insurance Departments and the

NV Division of Financial Institutions.

Selected Highlights:

. Contributed broad knowledge of employment and labor laws to the HR

department and provided counsel on matters involving discrimination,

employee terminations, training programs, and compliance. Also

provided legal advice and recommended updates to HR policies and

procedures, as necessary.

. Oversaw, monitored and updated corporate records including annual

filings with the Secretary of State and maintained various business

and agent licenses.

. Negotiated and drafted a wide variety of contracts including NDAs,

vendor contracts, producer agreements and complex service provider

agreements.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC., New York, NY (1994-2005)

Director, Litigation Management

Responsible for overseeing various legal matters on behalf of the company's

specialty claim departments and property-casualty offices including

appellate and case management issues, intra-company disputes, claim trends,

contract matters, and counsel's non-compliance with litigation management

guidelines. Managed pre-trial, arbitration, mediation and trial strategies

to successfully direct case handling and settlement negotiations.

Successfully analyzed, coordinated and resolved bankruptcy claim issues and

assisted underwriters with drafting policy language and exclusions.

Selected Highlights:

. Actively monitored legislative and regulatory activity for issues

impacting company operations and provided advice to appropriate

departments regarding potential implications to the organization.

. Collaborated with an influential team of industry representatives in

drafting and submitting amicus briefs, as well as working with the

State Relations Department to advance tort reform efforts.

. Designed, developed and implemented alternative fee agreements

including flat fee and performance based agreements, resulting in the

reduction of outside legal fees.

. Selected by Senior Management to participate in AIG's Performance

Management Program (Six-Sigma).

Manager, Toxic Tort Claims Department/Claims Attorney

Trained, mentored and led a team of Claims Attorneys in cost-effectively

investigating, analyzing and assessing high profile toxic tort claims,

declaratory judgment actions and bad faith claims. Conducted initial case

evaluations, engaged in early dispute resolution efforts, and developed and

implemented case litigation strategy. Evaluated and set liability reserves,

addressed reinsurance inquires and acted as the Department Coordinator for

internal and external audits.

Selected Highlights:

. Retained and managed outside counsel in the successful litigation and

defense of extra-contractual liability claims and third-party product

and/or premises liability claims (including class actions), from

inception through completion, including ADR and appeal.

. Analyzed and evaluated coverage issues and implemented cost-sharing

agreements with other carriers based upon approved coverage amount and

liability determinations.

Law Firm Experience

Associate - CONDON AND FORSYTH, New York, NY (1991-1994)

Handled all phases of commercial and complex tort litigation cases in New

York State and Federal Courts.

EDUCATION

J.D. - St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, NY

B.B.A. Business Management - Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York (1991), Connecticut, (1991), Nevada (1994)



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