Accomplished and energetic attorney with a solid history of achievement in litigation and transactional work seeks to employ stellar research and writing skills for organization. Areas of expertise include complex problem solving; leadership and management; and exercise of independent judgment, decision-making and critical thinking, as applied to research, writing and written and oral advocacy. Seasoned counsel with more than seven years of experience in fast-paced, volume and deadline-driven litigation environment. Track record of achieving exceptional results in negotiating and litigating client matters.
The Siegel Law Firm, P.C. – East Meadow, New York 2013-2014
? Litigated substantial caseload of landlord-tenant and small claims matters in New York Civil Courts. Litigated in New York State Supreme Court in matters pertaining to breach of warranty of habitability of leased premises, fraudulent transfer of title, and mortgage foreclosure defense.
? Transactional experience includes work on a variety of matters including negotiating, structuring and closing commercial real estate transactions as well as incorporation, dissolution and sale of business entities.
? Key contributions include securing multiple civil court judgments, enabling tenants to remain in residences after being served with improper eviction notice, and, when defending landlords, enabling landlords to promptly evict tenants.
Stiene & Associates, PLLC – Huntington, New York 2012-2013
? Litigated residential mortgage foreclosure matters, including drafting of initiatory pleadings, discovery responses and dispositive motions. Supervised attorneys and paralegals with respect to these litigation activities. Represented financial institutions at foreclosure settlement conferences and inquest proceedings.
? Key contributions include design, development, implementation and supervision of firm-wide policies, procedures and memoranda pertaining to human resources, information technology, business development, and quality control in response to client-requested remediation of existing firm practices. Also responsible for drafting FNMA/FHLMC (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac) servicer selection survey, through composition of training, reference manuals explaining procedural and substantive aspects of foreclosure law, submission of survey resulted in firm receipt of FNMA, FHLMC-approved counsel designation, increased volume of business. Further, prepared and presented lectures to all firm employees on a variety of topics including the New York Notary Public law, ****** harassment, and the unauthorized practice of law, all at the request of a particular firm client.
Law Offices of Ira S. Newman – Great Neck, New York 2010-2012
? Performed extensive legal research, motion, brief and memoranda writing, in litigating matters in labor and employment law, commercial law, personal injury law, construction law, creditors’ rights law and securities law.
? Drafted, negotiated and reviewed contracts in transactional matters including leasing and purchasing of commercial real estate, intellectual property licensing, and business formation. Argued motions, conducted depositions and represented clients at bench trials and inquest proceedings.
? Key contributions include writing appellate brief for defendant in insurance coverage dispute action. See Burlington Ins. Co. v. Galindo & Ferreira Corp., 78 A.D.3d 1102, 912 N.Y.S.2d 603 (N.Y. A.D. 2d Dept., 2010), resulting in a victory for the firm’s client. Also secured satisfactory settlements for a bank client in over forty consumer credit collection actions.
Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC - Atlanta, Georgia 2006-2007
? Represented clients in opposition to general liability and workers’ compensation claims. Independently managed, through completion, caseload of approximately fifty cases, performed legal research, engaged in motion practice, pre-trial practice and representation of clients at hearings, trials and upon appellate review. Conducted depositions of parties, fact and damages witnesses, and medical experts. Argued cases before State Board of Workers’ Compensation, state trial and superior courts. Settled workers’ compensation and general liability claims through communication with insurance adjusters, negotiation with opposing counsel and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
? Key contributions include successfully litigating the matter of Olumba Ogum v. Daniel Tietje and Advance Auto Parts (Fulton Co. Superior Court, 2007).
Adam J. Conti, LLC – Atlanta, Georgia 2004-2006
? Litigated employment discrimination claims on behalf of private employee and federal sector employee plaintiffs in state and federal court and before state and federal agencies. Successfully defended federal sector employees in disciplinary matters before Merit Systems Protection Board. Represented employees in breach of employment contract disputes, contract negotiations and renewals.
? Key Contributions include securing settlements for federal government employees before Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Emory University School of Law – Atlanta, GA May 2003
? Dean’s List, 2002, 2003
Cornell University – Ithaca, NY May 2000
B.S.: Biological Sciences
? Graduated With Honors
Licensed New York State Notary Public; college movie reviewer for Cornell Daily Sun; expertise in performing large-scale electronic evidence discovery work; from 2008-2010, part of 2014 and throughout 2015; have performed this document review work in areas of patent, securities and product liability law.
New York; Georgia; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits.