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In House Counsel

St. Augustine, FL
December 19, 2019

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Marybeth Mitchell

St. Augustine, Florida *****

904-***-**** Strong general practice/corporate legal background with over 15 years’ experience as a Massachusetts licensed attorney. Particularly skilled in child welfare, domestic relations, and Human Resources law. Proven capability to manage large departments, write corporate policies, and reduce litigation expenses. Diligently maintain knowledge of current case law, regulations, and legislation to ensure continuous corporate compliance.

3 years of discovery experience

working with document collection,

review, and production or equivalent


Familiarity with executing and

leveraging analytics within an

eDiscovery database

● Experience with eDiscovery

software such as Relativity,

Concordance, IPro DISCO, or


Professional Experience

In-House Counsel

Ashco, Inc-Jacksonville, FL

2019 to Present

Give accurate and timely counsel to owners on a variety of legal issues regarding Commercial Construction, Financing, and Leasing; Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues; Coordinate, communicate and negotiate with external parties (banks, surveyors, inspectors, external counsel, public authority, etc.), creating relations of trust; Draft and negotiate contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company's full legal rights; Oversee complex matters with multiple sub-corporations; Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to management and owners

•Initiated pre-suit strategy, which has increased monetary recovery and reduced litigation costs by 40% Consultant, and E-Discovery Professional

Self Employed

2016 to 2019

Reviewed and edited appellate briefs for compliance with court rules, linguistic and procedural quality; Drafted, negotiated and edited contracts to ensure maximum benefit for clients; Performed large scale electronic files processing (EFP), image and data file conversion, culled data using review tools, quality assurance, database loads and retrieval, and forensic analysis.

Special Tool Solutions, Inc. • Jacksonville, FL

In-House Counsel/HR Director, 2006–2016

Served in a dual capacity as in-house corporate attorney and manager of global human resources functions. Directly oversaw key HR functions including recruitment, benefits, worker’s compensation, safety training, corrective action, and promotion. Drafted internal agreements including Non-Disclosures and Non-Competes, as well as all external vendor agreements. Represented the organization at all administrative legal proceedings Continued…

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between the organization and former employees. Ensured full compliance with all local, state, and federal labor regulations.

Spearheaded the creation of a full corporate handbook including Policies and Procedures, job descriptions, and standardized interview questions.

Reviewed all existing lease agreements, and identified language which could have cost the organization

$120K+ if not properly adhered to.

Directed all regulatory initiatives to ensure 100% compliance with Drug-Free Workplace; OSHA; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Labor; ISO 9000; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulations.

Applied for and won a grant to prepare employees for ISO 9000 certification which enabled the organization to win lucrative aviation and medical industry contracts. Children’s Home Society of Florida • Jacksonville, FL Program Manager/Director, 2000-2004

Directed all program and administrative operations for a child abuse prevention agency. Managed budget, expenses, and grant proposals. Supervised, coached, and developed staff; maintained accountability for personnel recruitment, retention, and performance management. Analyzed performance through in-depth reviews and audits, and designed and implemented targeted action plans to drive increased outcome measures. Liaised with key community partners and Advisory Board members.

Improved quality of program delivery and performance which led to the Council on Accreditation and Healthy Families America recognition.

Guided regional and statewide program initiatives that aligned with the Council on Accreditation and Healthy Families America standards.

Additional Expertise

Attorney/Partner, Leslie & Mitchell, P.C. • Chelmsford, MA Represented clients in all aspects of Civil Litigation, with a primary focus on Domestic Relations and Child Protection.

Drafted and successfully argued Appels for select clients Adjunct Professor, Middlesex Community College • Lowell, MA Education and Credentials

Juris Doctor

Western New England College School of Law – Springfield, MA Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Psychology Northeastern University – Boston, MA


Licensed to Practice Law in Massachusetts

Licensed to Practice Law in Federal Courts

Florida Authorized In-House Counsel

Professional Associations

National Association of Counsel for Children, 1991 – Present Massachusetts Teachers Association Member, 1990 - Present Massachusetts Bar Association Member, 1989 – Present

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