JENNIFER W. AMATO
PERSONAL SUMMARY AND CAREER OBJECTIVE
Highly skilled and college-educated paralegal with the talent to turn chaos into clarity; organized and detailed administrator able to create processes and procedures, adhere to complicated rules and regulations, and track thousands of contract obligations; positive, effective and efficient problem solver, researcher, and department liaison; searching for a long-term opportunity to draft, research, negotiate, and administer many different contract types while adhering to strict parameters, and the opportunity to learn something new each day. RELATED EXPERIENCE
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (“SBG”) 2016 – 2018 Real Estate Paralegal – Responsible for creating and administering documents pertaining to SBG’s real estate portfolio of 172 televisions stations and approximately 1,000 studio, tower and office contracts.
Drafted and negotiated lease agreements, renewals, amendments, real estate purchase contracts, master agreements with national tenants, and right-of-ways, easements, contracts and purchase orders for agreements with state and federal entities.
Tracked obligations and critical dates of 1,000 active contracts for real estate, and worked with SBG’s televisions stations, outside counsel and corporate executives to evaluate options and meet these deadlines.
Completed numerous projects to provide real estate and contract information by coordinating with corporate executives and various internal departments.
The Bon-Ton Department Stores, Inc. (“Bon-Ton”) 2012 – 2016 Paralegal – Performed real estate, litigation and trademark functions for 270+ retail department store locations.
Monitored critical dates of contract obligations, litigation deadlines and regulations for trademark submissions.
Drafted legal notices, estoppels, SNDA’s, storage and other contracts related to Bon-Ton stores.
Researched contractual obligations, audited rent and other contractual charges, and addressed numerous issues regarding store operations.
Reviewed litigation notices and claims to respond accordingly. Coordinated with necessary departments to provide all information set forth in the claim pursuant to federal, state and legal guidelines.
Reviewed trademark requests for federal compliance, and tracked trademark submissions made to the US Patent
& Trademark Office.
Tomato Tamato Consignments for Kids 2009-2012
Owner – Created and opened a local consignment business in Spring Grove, PA.
Acquired 2 locations for the store and managed the build-outs.
Recruited consigners, designed advertisements and created marketing campaigns.
Managed 5 employees, performed consigner accounting, budget and payroll functions, and processed inventory. JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (“JAB”) 2004-2009
Real Estate Portfolio Manager (2007-2009) – Managed the lease agreements of 460+ existing and newly built stores for the JAB Real Estate Department.
Negotiated renewals and amendments to address aging store issues.
Recovered up to $800,000 a year in rental overpayments through regular contract and invoice auditing.
Designed a master lease database and process to replace several smaller processes in various departments.
Created and analyzed demographics reports, maps and market analyses to evaluate new store locations. Jennifer W. Amato
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Real Estate Paralegal (2004-2007) – Drafted, reviewed, negotiated and processed real estate documents and contracts.
Reviewed and interpreted lease language to resolve rent, construction, maintenance and other disputes.
Abstracted new leases and documents into the existing database.
Upgraded the database to include reporting abilities, and maintained the database as changes to stores occurred. Ritz Camera Centers, Inc. (“Ritz”) 2002-2004
Lease Administration Manager – Created and managed the Lease Administration department responsible for the administration of 1,400 commercial leases nationwide.
Created processes and procedures to renew leases, exercise lease options, audit billings and address other landlord/tenant issues.
Developed store performance analyses to aid executives in future growth and marketing plans. Crown Castle Atlantic, LLC (“Crown”) 1999-2002
Property Manager – Managed the team responsible to create and administer agreements for over 1,500 tower sites.
Managed the Licensing Specialists responsible to create the documents to locate carriers on Crowns’ towers.
Managed the Assistant Real Estate Managers responsible to resolve aging site and lease issues. Site Acquisition Manager – Hired and managed the site acquisition team to build cellular communications towers in the MD/DC/VA region.
Identified key properties suitable for tower sites, and researched state and federal agencies and local records to gain approval for construction.
Responded to St. Mary's County RFP, and was awarded the contract, to build 4 towers for their EMS system.
Created training on the site acquisition process, lease negotiation and obtaining land use and zoning approvals.
Conducted weekly meetings to track the status of all 130+ sites as they progressed through the various phases of government and internal approvals.
The Rouse Company, Inc. (“Rouse”) 1998-1999
Paralegal– Responsible for the negotiation and drafting of retail tenant documents for Rouse shopping centers. Created processes and databases to track over 120 documents in progress and to meet the appropriate deadlines. Network Building & Consulting, Inc. (“NB&C”) 1994-1998 Consultant – Worked for three clients: Bell Atlantic Mobile, LCC/Nextwave and Nextel Communications.
Assistant Manager-Real Estate/Zoning, Bell Atlantic Mobile (1996-1998) – Administered 350+ telecommunication site contracts to address aging site and document issues.
Site Acquisition Coordinator, LCC/Nextwave, New York office (1996) – Utilized building, engineering and zoning information to determine sites best suited for telecommunications use and acquisition.
Leasing Coordinator, Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. (1994-1996) – Worked with staff attorneys to prepare leases and lease packages for landlord and corporate signature. EDUCATION
Charles County Community College – A.A. in General Studies – 1991; Dean’s List University of Maryland, College Park – B.A. in English – 1993 OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
25 years’ experience working with commercial contracts and leases, and 8 years’ experience managing and training employees. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Advanced computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook, and excellent research skills via the internet, court records, County and State websites, and internal web-based databases such as Sharepoint and Datasite. Writing samples and references provided upon request.