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BIOGRAPHY

I am an outsourced, interim and project General Counsel with 25 years of litigation and transactional experience in Intellectual Property, Corporate Compliance,  Business, and Real Estate law. I counsel Boards, CEOs, CFOs and Business leaders of  publicly and privately held companies, throughout their business life cycles.

I have also built a niche practice representing executives who are onboarding or exiting their current companies.

I thrive in a private practice environment and possess a ceaseless drive to make things happen, a willingness to make decisions and the ability to build trusting and lasting relationships.

I am an active member of both the Arizona and California Bar Associations.

Past Employment

Part-time in-house counsel to developers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies, ranging from $70M to $20B in annual revenue, on an outsourced, interim and project basis, including:

  • Part-time In-house counsel - Roberts Beauty

  • Part-time In-house counsel - Lynx Grills General Counsel

  • Contracts counsel – NGINX Software, Inc.

  • Project counsel – Western Digital Corporation
    ($20 billion NASDAQ-listed leading provider of data storage solutions)

  • Outsourced, interim General Counsel - Strava, Inc. (a social network for athletes)

  • Project counsel – Adaptive Insights, Inc. (a leading financial planning SaaS provider)

  • Project counsel – Edgenuity, Inc. (K-12 online education, virtual schools)

  • Outsourced, interim General Counsel – SaveMart Supermarkets ($4 billion grocery store chain)

  • V.P., General Counsel and Secretary – FileNet Corporation ($550 million NASDAQ-listed multinational content management software provider)

  • V.P., General Counsel and Secretary - Accelrys, Inc. 
    ($80 million NASDAQ-listed scientific software provider)

  • In-house counsel to Aprisma Technologies, Inc., formerly a division of Cabletron Systems, Inc. ($200 million network management software provider)

  • Employment law counsel to Executives and Management

  • Turnaround specialist, including debt restructuring for $240 million multi-media game manufacturer; privately owned roofing supply distributor, construction company, hair care product manufacturer

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.

  • University of Michigan, B.A., with Honors of Highest Distinction

Current Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona

  • State Bar of California

  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Publications and Public Speaking

  • Common Issues in the Software Industry, Winning Legal Strategies for Software Companies

  • Special Report: How Part-Time, In-House Counsel Can Save You Money

  • Speaking Engagements:

    • 5 Things You and Your Company Can Do To Protect Your Intellectual Property

    • 5 Biggest Mistakes Hiring Managers Make

    • Executive Onboarding, Impact of SOX on Human Resources