AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., ALISO VIEJO, CA,
Director, Senior Counsel, 07/19-Present: Head employment and contracts attorney for a growing, independently managed subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Responsibilities include:
Providing legal advice to executive management on all areas of federal and state employment law.
Drafting and negotiating contracts including manufacturing, development, Saas, shared services, clinical trial research, employment, and consulting agreements. Contract management system design and implementation. Design and build legal processes. Partner with a cross-functional team to reduce contract volume by 20%, increasing process efficiency between 2020 and 2021.
Advising executive management on business risk prevention, contract interpretation, contract enforcement, disputes, and evolving areas of applicable laws and regulations.
Drafting, reviewing, and updating policies, training materials, internal and external communications.
Coordinating with executive management and outside counsel to execute a reduction in force in November 2019.
Managing litigation for employment claims and contract disputes.
Partnering with human resources and compliance leaders to conduct internal investigations of policy violations.
Creating and delivering training content on evolving areas of employment law as well as new internal processes.
Recipient of three Bronze-level awards and one Silver-level award.
HERAEUS INC., NEW YORK, NY, Corporate Counsel, 02/14-03/18: Lead commercial counsel for the U.S. subsidiary of a Fortune Global 500 multinational technology conglomerate. Managed a client base with business units including electronics, manufacturing, specialty lighting and glass, medical devices, and commodities trading. Responsibilities included:
Commercial Transactions: Drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements including manufacturing, supply, business development, distribution, consulting, licensing, joint development, consignment, real estate, and intellectual property.
Litigation Management: Contract disputes, personal injury, employment. Recommended a case theory that resulted in a judgment dismissing a $1.3M lawsuit against Heraeus.
Employment: Drafting employment, separation, consulting, and executive compensation agreements, and advising on discrimination and harassment claims.
Legal Operations: Implementing technological solutions and processes ensuring uniformity in the management and generation of sales quotes. Developing contract templates and conducted legal and compliance training.
Business Support: Advising senior business leadership on risk assessment, and interpretation of contracts, including sales bids and the “battle of the forms.” Providing problem-solving assistance to senior management, finance clients, and front-line sales representatives. Collaborating with business and legal colleagues in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
ASTRAZENECA, WILMINGTON, DE, Clinical Agreement Manager (contract), 08/13 – 02/14: Supported the Brilinta business by drafting and negotiating clinical trial agreements, NDAs, and Informed Consent Forms. Negotiated clinical trial budgets directly with sites while tracking cost savings.
MERCK & CO., INC., NORTH WALES, PA, Global Agreements Specialist (contract), 06/11 – 08/13: Supported clinical trial teams by drafting clinical trial agreements, budgets, material transfer agreements, and contracts with outside vendors including CROs. Advised on contract compliance through regular communication with sites, investigating physicians, and study teams.
T.J. MURPHY COMPANY, INC., PHILADELPHIA, PA, Vice President,
11/08 – 06/11: Acquired and served clients for printing press sales and service. Negotiated and drafted sales and service contracts for a wide client base. Identified and promoted cost-efficient solutions to company operations. Increased sales by acquiring 12 new clients in the first 12 months by introducing a social media marketing strategy.
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, DAUPHIN COUNTY, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, AND PHILADELPHIA, PA, Law Clerk,
05/07 – 11/08: Represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings. Conducted legal research in criminal law and procedure to draft appellate briefs on behalf of the Commonwealth.
J.D., THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW, CARLISLE, PA, 2008
Junior Mock Trial Finalist Student Bar Association Subcommittee for Faculty Selection Criminal Law Tutor
B.A., summa cum laude, DREXEL UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2005
President, Habitat for Humanity, Drexel University Chapter, 2002-2004 Winner of Multiple Academic and Service Awards
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS RECENT PRESENTATIONS
ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL, Co-Chair, Career Management Committee, 2017-2018
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE IN-HOUSE LAWYER 101 & 201, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference, 2016 & 2017