Maritime attorney with six plus years in the maritime industry. Presently employed by a financial services company as their in-house counsel overseeing and managing 350 cases worldwide. I am currently seeking an opportunity to transition from the legal sector to a business development/corporate communications role in which my experience and knowledge of ocean and inland transportation, maritime operations, and industry trends will be utilized to grow new business and manage and improve customer relationships.
Metro Group Maritime, New York, NY
In House Attorney, January 2007 - Present
Manage all aspects of litigation for over 350 active cases, including the direct supervision of local trial counsel in the handling of litigation matters for 17 out of the top 20 container lines. Supervisory capacity includes the development of case strategy, ensuring the timely filing of pleadings, overseeing discovery production, the establishment of defense strategies if necessary, and negotiating resolution of cases. Prepare for depositions, including researching and analyzing information pertaining to witnesses, compiling and organizing pertinent material, and drafting deposition outlines. Draft detailed memoranda on legal issues in the maritime industry in response to client needs and for use in active litigation, including advising on contract and service agreement interpretation. Serve as primary client liaison for all ongoing issues relating to litigation and respond directly to client inquiries. Serve as company representative at major industry events including Speaker and Panelist at the first U.S.-China Debt Recovery and Overseas Expansion Conference held in Ningbo, China in April 2007, sponsored by the China Council for Promotion of International Trade, Shanghai Pudong Branch. Help coordinate company-wide marketing initiatives to expand our client base and leverage network of contacts. Manage and coordinate company’s role in annual maritime lobbying event on Capitol Hill and regularly publish articles in the company’s magazine the Maritimer on current issues in the maritime industry.
Update Legal, New York, NY
Contract Attorney, November 2005 – December 2006
Conducted electronic document review for antitrust and patent litigation and applied complex rules of responsiveness, relevance and privilege. Prepared deposition summaries and drafted contract summaries for transactional cases.
Louisiana Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New Orleans, LA
Legal Intern, June 2004 – August 2004
Coordinated legal assistance program for visual and performing artists and conducted incoming client interviews to assess legal issues. Conducted research and wrote accompanying memoranda analyzing first amendment rights, copyright and trademark infringement, and contract interpretation issues.
Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA
Juris Doctor, May 2005
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, May 2002