Orlando, Florida 32806
Orlando, Florida 32806
OBJECTIVE Full time engagement as Civil Trial Attorney, in firm or corporation engaged in commercial and complex construction litigation involving owners, contractors, engineers and architects, transaction or litigation of commercial contracts, public works, or contracts with public entities, premises liability, employment law, personal injury litigation, or insurance coverage matters.
STATE BAR ADMISSIONS:
California State Bar License Number 124427
Florida State Bar License Number 12820
RATING: AV Rated Preeminent
LEGAL EMPLOYMENT: PARTNERSHIPS:
1989-2002: Equity Partner/Trial Attorney: Smith and Walsh (previously Allswang, Smith and Walsh), San Francisco, California. Founded firm engaging in civil litigation involving complex construction, commercial contracts, insurance coverage, defense of personal injury, and mediation practice. Tried eleven cases to verdict. Engaged in extensive discovery and law and motion practice, appeals, mediation and arbitration in five San Francisco Bay Area counties. Litigated civil suits involving commercial contracts, employment, auto /UM personal injury, real estate, premises liability landlord-tenant disputes, elder care, defamation, intellectual property, commercial contractual and construction litigation. Acted as mediator and arbitrator in civil actions alleging sexual abuse in matters involving churches, hospitals and school districts. Supervised and trained attorneys and paralegals. Drafted first and third party insurance coverage opinions regarding first party medical, disability, personal lines and commercial insurance policies and claims. Conducted claims training for litigation claims personnel. Acted as Judge Pro Tem for San Francisco County in mediation of civil cases.
SELF EMPLOYED 2011-PRESENT:
SAMPLE SELF EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACTS:
2018: Trial Counsel: Pretrial discovery in premises liability/security action arising at Grateful Dead concert at at Levi Stadium.
March 2017 to June 2017: In House Field Litigation Attorney (Contract: E Team): Liberty Mutual Group, Orlando, Florida. Litigated complex construction defect cases, personal injury lawsuits involving motor vehicle accidents, retail stores, hotels, and other commercial establishments, and dog bites. Attended depositions, Case Management Conferences, Sworn Statements Under Oath, mediations, law and motion hearings related to discovery, dispositive motions, and motions on the pleadings. Conducted case evaluations, prepared comprehensive case summaries and pretrial reports.
March 2016 to November 2016: In House Trial Attorney (Contract:Collabera): Nationwide Insurance, Orlando, Florida. Litigated complex construction defect cases, prepared responsive pleadings, motions, legal memoranda, propounded and responded to discovery, attended party, lay witness and expert depositions, reviewed and analyzed construction contracts, architectural and engineering records and expert reports, prepared impact and pretrial reports, retained experts, attended court hearings and mediations.
December 2015 to March 2016: Attorney (Contract): Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP, Maitland, Florida. Managed trial preparation in national complex litigation cases encompassing public works projects related to construction design defects involving Interstate Highways and Dam Joint-Ventures. Prepared extensive pretrial multi-party discovery specific to each party, identified privileged documents and prepared privilege logs, reviewed voluminous evidence produced by opposing counsel identified evidence supporting burden of proof, and extensive legal research. Identified and retained expert witnesses, interviewed and prepared fact witnesses and clients, drafted pretrial motions and motions in limine, identified critical trial evidence and prepared jury instructions and special verdict forms.
October 2014: Attorney/Document Review: Baker, Hostetler, LLP, (Contract, Special Counsel), Orlando, Florida. Engaged in complex real estate litigation ESI document review. Responded to complex discovery in a large scale national real estate holdings and transactions dispute.
January 2014 to July 2014: Attorney/Document Review, Holland & Knight LLP (Contract, Special Counsel), Orlando, Florida. Reviewed, prepared, and responded to ESI document production, identified privileges, redacted and produced voluminous documents involving complex construction defect issues related to biomass power plant.
January to July 2012 and September to October 2012: In House Litigation Attorney, (Contract), The Travelers Insurance Companies, Orlando, Florida. Litigated commercial and residential complex construction defect matters. Performed extensive research, prepared discovery including drafting interrogatories, requests for admissions and production of documents specific to each party. Prepared dispositive and discovery motions and attended hearings. Appeared at depositions of lay and expert witnesses. Evaluated liability and damages, prepared reports, and prepared cases for trial.
July 2011 to December 2011: Attorney/Document Review, Holland & Knight LLP. (Contract: Special Counsel), Orlando, Florida. Prepared and responded to E-Discovery, ESI document review related to complex construction defect issues in concrete manufacturing plants.
MANAGING ATTORNEY AND ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY POSITIONS:
May 2013 to January 2014: Associate Attorney, Vernis & Bowling of Central Florida. De Land, Florida. Litigated Personal Injury Protection, actions involving complex construction and design defects cases, premises liability and commercial litigation. Engaged in all aspects of written discovery and depositions, extensive legal research, preparation of dispositive and discovery motions and attendance at hearings, and preparing case evaluations.
December 2007 to February 2010: Associate Attorney, Boehm, Brown, Fischer, Harwood, Kelly & Scheihing, P.A., Maitland, Florida (December, 2007-February 2010). Litigated first party property coverage and third party liability actions including catastrophic commercial property losses involving hurricane damage, sinkhole claims, and fraudulent commercial claims. Defended large scale multiparty construction suits and complex commercial third party losses. Engaged in extensive law and motion practice, attended court hearings and authored complex commercial lines insurance coverage opinions.
2005-2006: Associate Attorney: Meier, Bonner, Muszynski, O’Dell & Harvey, P.A., and Longwood, Florida. Litigated actions alleging legal malpractice, insurance agent errors and omissions, complex construction and commercial litigation, and nursing home liability.
2002-2004: Managing Attorney: Albini Law Group, San Francisco, California. Provided pro bono legal services in matters involving civil rights violations afforded under the United States and California Constitution including drafting appeals, prosecuting premises liability, negligence, medical malpractice and employment litigation.
Instructor: University of San Francisco, School of the Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (NITA based)
Guest Lecturer: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Golden Gate University School of Law, JD, 1985 (top third of class)
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., High Honors.
Ried Arnold,(Attorney) Nationwide Insurance, Orlando, 407-***-****
Teresa Eyerman, (Attorney), The Travelers Insurance Companies, Orlando,850-***-****
Kathleen Noonan, Retired Claims Manager, State Farm Insurance, San Francisco Bay Area 808-***-****
Janice Kelly, (Attorney), former partner at law firm of Boehm, Brown, et al 407-***-****.