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Contract law, negotiator, legal research, litigation, drafting

Brampton, ON, Canada
May 20, 2020

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Amita Kumar

Toronto, ON • Vancouver, B.C • (***) 993 - 5573 •


To secure a position using my experience, demonstrated leadership skills and strong organizational abilities to advance a career as a legal and business professional.


Strong understanding of legal and business affairs

Outstanding learning capabilities

Well organized and strong attention to detail

Handle deadlines in a professional and timely manner

Strong verbal and written communication and comprehension skills

Excellent problem-solving abilities and communicate sound judgment

Proficiency in legal research (i.e. Westlaw, LexisNexis, CanLii)

Exceptional interpersonal skills including robust knowledge of team building

Software/PC skills (i.e. MS Office, SharePoint, Visio, Adobe, TyMetrix, iManage, Workshare, DocuSign)


Contracts Manager (Global Sourcing) – Open Text Corporation Nov/19 - present

Richmond Hill, ON

Review and negotiate global contracts in various areas (i.e. marketing, professional services, benefits, IT)

Assess and help mitigate legal risk to the company (i.e. LOI, data privacy protection, IP, insurance)

Draft commercial agreements (i.e. master service agreements, SOW, consulting agreements, NDAs)

Work in collaboration with sourcing and procurement team to establish business unit goals

Research changes in the law related to business affairs (i.e. IR35/CCPA)

Contribute to contracts playbook to build repository of clauses and templates

Legal and Compliance, Lead– Tutor Doctor Canada Inc. Aug/18 – Oct/19

Toronto, ON

Manage a team of legal and compliance associates

Draft, review and negotiate global franchise agreements, vendor agreements, NDAs, Terminations, Resale in collaboration with external legal counsel

Develop and implement new processes to streamline the department

Liaise with external counsel in multiple jurisdictions to solve legal matters

Work with other departments on legal projects that arise (i.e. workplace policies, legal marketing, operations)

Ensure the business adheres to the legal standards in each respective country (i.e. GDPR, VAT, PIPEDA)

Generate and analyze reports for strategic planning

Enforce company values to build a strong relationship with the team and the franchisee community

Articles of Clerkship – CHD Law Firm Apr/17 – Jun/18

Mississauga, ON

Practice areas: family law litigation and real estate

Draft the following documents independently:

–Application, Answer, Case Conference/Settlement Briefs, Separation Agreements

–Sworn Financial Statements, child custody/access forms, Net Family Property Statements

–Trial Records, Certificate of Financial Disclosure, Disclosure Briefs

–Authorization and Consent letters

–Motions, Factum, Affidavit General, Affidavit of Service

–Power of Attorney

–Shareholder Agreements

Review documents related to family law litigation and analyze relevance for disclosure/court filings

Appear before Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice

Communicate/negotiate with opposing parties, external counsel and third parties

Legal Research:

–Rules of Civil Litigation, Family Law Act, Pension Benefit Act, Bankruptcy Act, Business Corporations Act

–Certificate of Pending Litigation

–Constructive Trust/ Unjust Enrichment

–Equalization and pensions, profit sharing plans

–Bankruptcy and the Family Responsibility Office

–Common Law and Separation

–Child Support and Pension Income

–International Child Abduction – Hague Convention

Client Services

–Embrace client-centric values and understand the importance of arriving on time for meetings, returning client phone calls and keeping clients abreast of all matters relating to their file

–Communicate with clients with patience and empathy

–Engage in matters with the Family Responsibility Office, Children's Aid Society and the Office of the Children's Lawyer

–Carry own file load, review, prepare, draft, advise counsel

–Meet with clients to collect all disclosure/evidence and sign documents

Legal Assistant – Legal, Corporate and Compliance Group (LCCG) Jun/15 – Oct/16

Bank of Montreal, Toronto, ON

Supported lawyers with complex and diverse portfolios


–Completed document drafting/black-lining on complex and sensitive matters

–Created and maintained a Document Library System for all legal matters

–Gathered and analyzed research data, such as statutes, decisions, legal articles, and documents

–Drafted and coordinated The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) eligibility for note offerings

–Performed legal research for senior counsel ensuring all projects are completed on time

–Supported in-house counsel in U.S. by sending attestations to stakeholders and delivering monthly officer’s certificates for the issuances of structured notes

–LCCG Policy Redesign Initiative – reviewed and edited corporate policies and standards for BMO

–Attestation Project – worked with Technology and Operations team to create and manage legal forms from various departments within the enterprise (SharePoint)

Enterprise Legal Management

–Accountable for creating and maintaining privileged and confidential matters in TyMetrix

–Communicated with external law firms on status of budgets/invoices/purchase orders

–Worked with Lines of Business (LOB) to ensure purchase orders are opened and closed

–Opened and closed matters/solve billing issues that arise within timely manner


–Used PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel, and other programs in preparation of correspondence, documents and/or presentations

–Accountable to ensure iManage electronic and physical filing are accurate and accessible to legal counsel on demand

–Obtained briefing materials for meetings and events from the appropriate sources

–Drafted minutes for team meetings

–Provided advice to internal business partners to support the completion of a process or activity within established procedures

Legal Assistant (Contract) Oct/14 – Apr/15

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto, ON

Assisted partners and associates with various corporate document preparations

Document drafting, editing and black-lining on complex and sensitive matters

Prepared, drafted and revised correspondence to clients (internal and external)

Opened and closed files, docketing hours into CDEntry software

Reviewed pre-bills and prepared invoices for clients, corresponding with clients on billing

Maintained the physical and electronic filing system of corporate records

Responsible for expense reports for the accounting department


Membership - Ontario Bar Jan 2020

Law Society of Ontario

Certificate of Qualification 2017

National Committee Accreditation - Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) 2014

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bachelor of Business Administrative Studies, Honours 2012

Human Resource Specialization (BAS)

York University, Toronto, ON


Pro Bono Ontario (Civil Litigation) Dec/16 - Apr/17

Performed triage work including interviewing clients, assessing client eligibility for assistance based on PBO’s policies and procedures

Assisted clients with Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Small Claims Court matters

Reviewed legal documents to direct them clients to appropriate stream of assistance

Conducted civil litigation research

Facilitated access to computers and assisted with document assembly programs (i.e. Affidavits of Service, Motions, Notice of Appeal)

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017

Member and volunteer

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