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10217 Counsel, Commercial job

Location:
Alpharetta, GA
Posted:
April 25, 2014

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MARY B. LEVENSON, JD/MBA

***** ******** ***** * Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

404-***-**** * acdu2a@r.postjobfree.com

LEGAL/IN-HOUSE COUNSEL: Software Licensing, Corporate Transactions, Litigation

Business oriented corporate attorney experienced in contract administration, including the drafting

and negotiation of technology, maintenance, and service agreements, software licenses, non-

disclosures, settlements, staffing agreements, assignments, and outsourcing agreements in the

software, mortgage, and pharmaceutical industries. Catalyst for the creation and implementation of

effective training and cost and process streamlining initiatives. Proven litigation expertise used to try

cases, argue motions, and execute discovery functions. Strong leader equipped to manage

personnel and external vendors. Researcher proficient in due diligence.

Contracts Specialist * Negotiation * Consulting * Cost, Process Streamlining * Litigation Management

* Licensing * Contracts Law * Due Diligence * Legal Research * Risk Management * Vendor

Management * Discovery * International Contracting * Staff Management * Litigation * Depositions *

Training and Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

STONEBRANCH, INC., Alpharetta, Georgia * 10/2010 - current

Stonebranch is the leading provider of Intelligent File Transfer and Independent Scheduling Agents

solutions.

Attorney (contractor). Review and revise national and international contracts. Worked full-time as a

contractor for Stonebranch in 2/2010.

EQUIFAX INC., Atlanta, Georgia * 3/2010 - 10/2010

Company specializing in consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud

detection, decision technology, and marketing tools.

Senior Director and Corporate Counsel. Drafted and negotiated agreements for the Global Sourcing

Office and for software vendors.

ISGN CORPORATION, Norcross, Georgia * 11/2008 – 11/2009

Company specializing in software for the mortgage industry including loan originations through

default management for some of the largest banks in the United States.

Attorney, Software Licensing. Drafted and negotiated agreements in the mortgage industry for (i)

software licensing and consulting services, (ii) staffing agreements, (iii) fulfillment and outsourcing

services, and (iv) default letters for the Accounts Receivable Group. Supported the Sales Team.

Provided effective negotiation to land key deals with major banks and mortgage lenders including

GMAC, Chase, Fidelity, MetLife, and Deutsche Bank.

STIEFEL LABORATORIES, INC., Duluth, Georgia * 1/2008-8/2008 (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline)

Pharmaceutical company specializing in the advancement of dermatology and skin care around the

world.

Senior Contracts Manager, Global Procurement (contractor)

Drafted and negotiated contracts and statements of work for research and development, specifically

clinical trial and vendor agreements encompassing data management, photography, investigators,

institutions, contract research organizations (CRO’s), and software hosting and licensing for

electronic data capture. Drafted services agreements for consulting, executive training, CEO

compensation analysis, website development and hosting, and language translation. Drafted

agreements for ISP's, chemical supply, equipment purchases, Microsoft renewals, p-cards,

construction, investment advisory services, and branding agreements.

Operational Achievements:

* Managed 174 contracts in 120 days for North America.

* Incorporated higher levels of expertise into the global procurement process, including the creation

of templates to simplify the overall process.

* Drafted agreements such as a $6M software licensing and hosting contract complete with new and

negotiated terminology to decrease company risk, which language was not proposed by the outside

counsel or the assigned IT contracts manager.

INFOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, Alpharetta, Georgia * 2006-2007

Software company specializing in enterprise asset management software and enterprise resource

planning software.

Contracts Specialist II

Supported the Sales Team by drafting and negotiating software license agreements, non-disclosures,

maintenance and professional services contracts, and amendments to facilitate software licensing

and service provision for companies including McDonald’s and Pepsico.

AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES ("ACS"), Roswell, Georgia * 2005-2006

Fortune 500 company delivering business process outsourcing and technology services worldwide.

Due Diligence Analyst, Software Migrations

Reviewed software licenses and third party agreements as part of due diligence functions.

Uncovered liabilities in software agreements, software acquisition commitments, agreement terms,

and termination clauses, enabling clients to obtain software applications for a lower cost. Negotiated

consent letters for access to vendor contracts.

ADDITIONAL POSITIONS

THE HOME DEPOT, Atlanta, Georgia * 2004

Attorney (contractor): Streamlined vendor contracting and achieved discounted rates, including a

template for an annual $53M expense. Drafted contract templates to enable corporate negotiations

with key vendors instead of individual store agreements with local vendors. Wrote provisions to

protect confidential information, recover litigation expenses, establish governing law, limit liability,

and enforce non-solicitation clauses. Recommended an online system to reduce temporary staffing

overhead.

* Won a $500K+ bid from the city of Boca Raton by crafting a well-prepared response to an RFP.

INDUS INTERNATIONAL (acquired by Ventyx, Inc.), Atlanta, Georgia * 2002-2004

Staff Attorney, Contracts: Drafted and negotiated software licenses and contracts for software use,

support, outsourcing, hosting, professional services, assignments, partnerships, re-sellers, non-

disclosures, and settlements. Educated the Sales Department about basic contract terms and

conditions for use in working with clients.

* Captured $800K in net new license fees by reaching an agreement with Sunoco within three months

instead of the usual 12 months through relationship-building with the VP of Information Technology.

* Generated $400K in net new software license revenue and $100K in support fees by negotiating a

breach of contract dispute.

* Recouped $800K in outstanding fees within one quarter by working with the Sales and Accounts

Receivable departments to write and negotiate effective demand letters.

* Supported APAC.

GEAC ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (acquired by Infor), Atlanta, Georgia * 1999-2002

Legal Counsel, Contracts: Drafted and negotiated complex technology agreements detailing

copyrights, intellectual property, warranties, and liability requirements. Performed dispute resolution

for employment, breach of contract, and trademark infringement issues. Supported EMEA and

advised six product groups as primary legal counsel.

* Spearheaded due diligence audits of software licenses for acquisition targets.

* Directed post-acquisition dispute resolution working with the CFO.

* Won $600K+ in new software license revenues by negotiating a breach of contract dispute in five

hours with the client’s VP of IT and the client's 2 attorneys.

* Drafted a software hosting template for a new business unit.

Career Note: Software Licensing Compliance Manager, First Data Corporation * 1998

INTEGON CORPORATION (acquired by GMAC), Winston-Salem, North Carolina * 1995-1997

Senior Attorney: Resolved top claims expeditiously and reduced company expenses, particularly for

fraudulent claim investigations. Handled 1K+ case litigation files and served as the chief counsel to

the Special Investigations Unit. Managed 3 people tasked with litigation claims processing for 5

states. Assessed and amended claims processes. Created and implemented case management

guidelines for outside counsel, reducing costs to the company.

FIRST DATA CORPORATION, HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP (acquired by McKesson), Charlotte, NC *

1994-1995

Senior Contracts Administrator: Drafted and negotiated multimillion dollar contracts for software

licensing, maintenance, and hardware for hospitals.

Note: Additional work history includes positions as an Associate Attorney for LeBoeuf, Lamb, et al.,

and Golding, Meekins, et al., as first-chair trial counsel. Full details upon request.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, MBA

School of Law/Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem,

North Carolina

Honors and Activities:

* Moot Court Board

* Best Brief Award – Stanley Moot Court Competition

* American Jurisprudence Award – Commercial Paper

* Quarterfinalist – Craven National Moot Court Competition

* Merit Fellowship – Babcock Graduate School of Management

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society (top 10% in School of Journalism)

LICENSES

North Carolina State Bar



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