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Trenton, NJ
February 29, 2016

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DEON DEVALL OWENSBY Telephone: 267-***-****

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Trenton, NJ 08608 Email:


A highly accomplished transactional attorney with a Master’s in Business Administration, who graduated law school with honors and was on law review, and has over a decade of experience examining, preparing, negotiating, analyzing and revising contracts for various individual and corporate clients.

Experienced at working with a wide range of parties in ensuring information contained in contracts has been fairly negotiated, understood, and agreed too, as well as ensuring that the terms and conditions are adhered too by all parties.

Ability to manage multiple teams and projects while maintaining a commitment to integrity.

Successful breach of contract litigation experience, and settled multiple breach of contract cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Law License: Tennessee, Texas (inactive), Pennsylvania (pending), New York (Pending)


University of Houston, Houston, Texas

LLM, Taxation, 2004

Thesis: The government corporate tax shelter: how corporations use lease-in lease-out transactions and its successor to shelter profits, Owensby, Deon Devall.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Joint JD/MBA, College of Law, cum laude, 2002; College of Business Administration, GPA 3.65, 2002

Activities: Tennessee Law Review, Barbri Representative and Student Bar Association.

Tennessee State University. Nashville, TN

BS, summa cum laude, 1999

Major: Criminal Justice

GPA: 4.0 Major/Cumulative 3.879

Awards and Honors: Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, National Deans List, Tennessee State University Deans List, All-American Scholar Award


Foundation for Feeding Hungry Children, April 2015 - Present

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Review, negotiate, interpret and draft amendments and updates to contracts and other legal documents.

Review and evaluate contracts and agreements to identify legal, insurance, regulatory, compliance and other risk issues.

Assist with the legal filings to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Provide practical daily legal advice to the business units on contract and transactional matters, including identifying and assessing appropriate business terms with respect to their impact on company risk in various agreements.

Internal Revenue Service, Trenton, New Jersey March 2010 - April 2015

Estate Tax Attorney GS-13

Conducted independent field examinations of complex estate, gift tax and fiduciary returns.

Worked on non-filer cases, preparing and filing estate, gift and trust returns when the taxpayer either willfully or negligently failed to file the proper return.

Ensured that deceased persons’ property and interests were disclosed on assigned returns by enquiring and reviewing federal and state income tax returns, state estate and inheritance tax returns, probate records, real estate holdings and brokerage accounts.

Reviewed financial appraisals, operating agreements for LLCs, Partnerships, C-Corps, S-Corps to determine appropriate levels for lack of marketability and lack of control discounts.

Independently performed business valuations and proposed adjustments to business and stock valuations on various financial holding companies, operating companies, and real estate holding companies, as well as family limited partnerships.

Law Office of Deon Owensby, Nashville, Tennessee September 2007 - March 2010

Operated a full service law practice focusing primarily on personal injury, probate law, criminal law,

Drafted and filed civil lawsuits, prepared settlement packages, and drafted motions and briefs.

Met with clients and developed trial strategy based on client’s needs and recommendations.

Successfully litigated several trials, including civil trials, probate trials, and two criminal jury trials.

Successfully reorganized a small corporation in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Provided legal advice on tax matters, and assisted clients with IRS tax investigations.

Of counsel and local counsel to several law firms and corporations.

Law Office of Mark Chapman, Nashville, Tennessee May 2006 - September 2007

Associate Attorney and Of Counsel

Personal injury, worker's compensation and debt collection cases.

Drafted and filed civil lawsuits, prepared settlement packages, and drafted motions and briefs.

Conducted depositions, negotiations, and prepared personal injury cases for trial or settlement.

Focused on creditor-debtor law and collections for creditors, as well as breach of contract litigation.

Law Office of Michael Ponce and Associates, Nashville, Tennessee January 2005 - May 2006

Associate Attorney and Morning Office Manager (Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation Law Firm)

Worker’s compensation and personal injury practice..

Performed research and prepared legal memoranda on litigation issues.

Drafted and filed civil lawsuits, prepared settlement packages, and drafted motions and briefs.

Conducted depositions, negotiations, and prepared personal injury cases for trial or settlement.

University of Tennessee Legal Clinic, Knoxville, Tennessee August 2002 - December 2002

Clinic Attorney assigned to Unemployment, Housing, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Cases

Drafted motions and petitions for clients.

Appeared in court to argue motions and represent clients in various cases.

Successfully argued and won an unemployment case before the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Employment Security Division Appeals Tribunal that had been lost multiple times by previously unsuccessful attorneys.

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP Houston, Texas May 2002 - June 2002

Law Clerk assigned to the Corporate Law Division

Drafted memoranda interpreting contracts and contract provisions for clients.

Assisted attorneys in trial preparation, court filings, document production and records management

Researched laws and drafted memorandums explaining research for Litigation attorneys.

United States Army September 1993 – December 1995

Army Reserves November 1996 – August 1999

Assigned as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Specialist at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Also assigned to the 450th Military Police. Primary MOS: Chemical Operations Specialist. Secondary MOS: Military Police

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