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General Counsel

Miami, FL

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Multi-Lingual, Entrepreneurial, Corporate Attorney with MBA

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

General Counsel

CT Group/BLU Products
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Miami, FL
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September 2012 to Present

Responsibilities 
• The Group includes CT Miami, BLU Products, CT Asia, CT Shenzhen, CT Mexico, and CT Trinidad & Tobago 
• Annual Revenue at time of hire: $334M. Current Annual Revenue: $1B  
• Employees at time of hire: 110. Current Employees: 250 locally (400+ worldwide) 
• Streamlined and standardized production of legal documents to ensure efficient turnaround in multiple languages  
• Worked in conjunction with HR to standardize and increase efficiency for processes within the company regarding office/employees (e.g. leases, employment agreements, investigations, reprimands, complaint procedures, etc.) 
• Drafted and implemented new employee policies and managed employee disciplinary actions 
• Handled research, registration, renewal, and protection of various trademarks 
• Filed all Visa Petitions (H-1B and L-1A), Extensions, Transfers, and Requests for Evidence  
• Liaised with United States Customs and Border Protection to ensure efficient import and export of cargo shipments 
• Acted as corporate secretary in management committee meetings and drafted corporate minutes 
• Managed the internal and external legal processes for operations/subsidiaries in more than forty (40) countries  
• Advised Senior Management on legal issues facing the company and subsidiaries worldwide  
• Participated in high-level HR, Administration, Technical, Logistics, Finance, Sales, Marketing, and Operations matters 
• Managed and directed outside litigation counsel in all multiple, ongoing, legacy litigations and resolved same 
• Researched and drafted informative memorandums to Senior Management, as requested 
• Assisted in the vetting and interviewing of prospective candidates 
• Drafted responses to requests for proposals  
• Secured credit insurance for previously uncovered distributors and additional credit insurance for current vendors 
• Assisted subsidiaries with corporate/legal issues in Asia and LATAM 
• Liaised with insurance companies to streamline renewals (e.g. Keyes, Tokio Marine, Euler, Sinosure, Ksure, etc.) 
• Assisted Administration with collections matters and customer disputes 
• Worked with CT Asia team to register WOFE/WFOE in China 
• Drafted employee handbook and presented same to Senior Management  
• Coordinated with Finance, Administration, and Auditors to ensure a smooth and efficient audits  
• Coordinated with various entities for Credit, Commercial, Cargo, and AR insurance 
• Researched/drafted/implemented various company policies, including manufacturer policies 
• Defended and responded to all unemployment claims by State Agencies and Attorneys 
• Assisted Service with securing of logistics services providers in Jamaica, El Salvador, Panama, etc. 
• Assisted Administration with theft/loss claims between Freight Forwarders, Carriers, and Insurance Providers 
• Protected brand through communication with and cease & desist letters to unauthorized distributors, providers, etc

General Counsel

The Conrad Group
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Miami, FL
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January 2011 to May 2012

Responsibilities 
• Advised the firm’s global clients and partners on matters related to strategic planning and emerging market transactions in Asia, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, North America, and Central America/Latin America, performing research on legal and factual issues on an as-needed basis 
• Responsible for prioritizing and handling multiple tasks in dynamic, cross functional team settings with investment banks, fund managers, and counsel, in the areas of private equity and capital markets while residing in Hong Kong 
• Provided legal support in the structuring of RMB-denominated investment vehicles for investment outside of China, developing strong working relationships with legal colleagues/business clients 
• Extensive company travel in North America, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore

In-house Corporate Counsel

The Cisneros Group
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Miami, FL
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September 2010 to August 2011

Responsibilities 
• Acted as In-house Legal Counsel to the Cisneros Group of companies, including: Venevision, Venevision International Films, VeneMovies, VeneMobile, Latino Cellular, Siente Music, and Finser Corporation 
• Participated in the day-to-day management of the legal process in all aspects of the media business of the group, working independently and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision 
• Drafted/reviewed Media Contracts, including: Releases, Content Agreements, Distribution Agreements, License Agreements, Deal Memos, Service Agreements, Acquisition Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Intent, Works for Hire, Script Sales Agreements, Vendor Agreements, and Non-disclosure Agreements 
• Provided legal support in managing internal clients to General Counsel and SVP of Business & Legal Affairs  
• Drafted and advised on all new media/IT contracts/agreements and reviewed advertising/marketing materials 
• Advised department heads on the legal issues of various contract templates and assisted in negotiations of same 
• Participated in fully bilingual Board meetings and drafted meeting minutes

In-house Corporate Counsel/Corporate Secretary

Duos Technologies, Inc.,
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Jacksonville, FL
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September 2007 to May 2010

Responsibilities 
Duties as Corporate Counsel 
• Acted as Chief Legal Counsel to the Duos group of companies, providing practical, business-oriented, legal advice and solutions, and monitoring regulatory developments utilizing strong interpersonal and communication skills 
• Prepared and reviewed all contracts for corporate acquisitions, partnerships, and software/equipment licensing 
• Consolidated all documents and produced standardized templates for the efficient production of legal documents 
• Minimized the need for outside counsel and significantly reduced outside legal fees in the areas of Litigation, Securities, Labor & Employment, Patent & Trademark, and Immigration by handling most matter in-house 
• Liaised with outside counsel in the drafting, negotiation, and interpretation of complex business documents 
• Integrated document/contract production processes and systems to produce and organize sensitive documents 
• Managed two private capital raises including production of all documentation, stock certificates, and warrants 
• Successfully defended the corporation in a Title VII Employment action in Federal Court  
• Maintained all legal records for engineering, operations, IT, and business development departments 
• Managed subsidiary creation in Abu Dhabi, UAE, acting as liaison between local counsel and senior management 
• Acted in conjunction with independent auditors (KPMG) to ensure a smooth and efficient auditing process 
• Supported sales, marketing, and distribution programs, integrated ethics, compliance, and preventive law efforts, and advised senior management on legal issues facing the corporation 
• Promoted effective intellectual property strategy, function, processes, and systems to protect and enhance the intellectual assets of the company while supporting superior execution of deals and transactions  
• Ensured compliance with export regulation/international policy, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 
Duties as Corporate Secretary 
• Acted as the focal point for communication with the board of directors, senior management, and shareholders 
• Provided the Board with legal support, advice, and research for discharging its fiduciary duty under state law 
• Drafted and distributed all minutes of board, shareholder, and executive committee meetings 
• Ensured the efficient filing, protection, indexing, and accessibility of corporate records, in accordance with applicable law and sound business practices  
• Maintained shareholder records, and provided for the transfer or replacement of stock certificates 
• Responded to shareholder inquiries, directed and assisted in preparing and distributing reports, materials, and shareholder communications, and maintained statistical information on the shareholder base 
• Prepared and filed registration statements and reports to the SEC and the Department of State 
• Prepared corporate communications on all matters of significance to the corporation and its principals

Owner

Contarini Law Firm
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Miami, FL
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March 2006 to March 2006

Responsibilities 
• Of Counsel to various multinational companies, including media conglomerates and strategic advisory firms 
• Counseled clients in Commercial Litigation, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Immigration matters 
• Counseled clients in Contractual matters, including appearance in State and Federal courts

Associate Attorney

Behar, Gutt & Glazer, P.A.
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Miami, FL
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April 2004 to February 2006

Responsibilities 
• Drafted complaints, pleadings, motions, and discovery in county and circuit civil litigation cases 
• Acted as Primary contact for clients, opposing counsel, and defendants in all ongoing cases 
• Coordinated and executed settlements, researched issues for trial, and prepared summary judgment motions 
• Coordinated secretaries, a collector, and an assistant to ensure efficient operation of the department 
• Proficient in the use of Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and the Internet for legal and factual research

Education

Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship

University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL

2007

Juris Doctor in Law

St. Thomas University School of Law
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Miami, FL

2002

Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

University of North Florida
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Jacksonville, FL

1998

Skills

Fluent English, Fluent Spanish, Fluent Italian, Professional Portuguese

Certifications/Licenses

The Florida Bar

The New York Bar

The Washington, D.C. Bar

Additional Information

• All Industry Standard Operating Systems, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Presentation Software 
• I carry both United States of America and European Union (Italy) Passports