New York, NY
Creative, highly organized, detailed oriented Attorney with exceptional follow-through abilities, excellent management skills, and ability to coordinate and oversee cases from inception to conclusion. Strong problem resolution abilities and superb written communications and interpersonal skills. Dedicated individual, with a “can do” attitude and proven track record to consistently achieve beyond what is required.
Successfully wrote/argued Order to Show Cause seeking Declaration of Mortgage as
Ancient and Deemed Satisfied, allowing escrow funds to be released to client;
Successfully wrote/argued Motion for Summary Judgment Dismissing Claim against
camp for injuries sustained;
Successfully Negotiated on behalf of Minority Shareholder for Sale of Shareholder’s
Interest in Corporation during pendency of Minority Shareholder’s Order to Show Cause
seeking an Accounting and Sale of Shares;
Successfully wrote/argued Motions for Summary Judgment on Unpaid Promissory Notes.
Investigated and advised Fortune 50 company on compliance with multi-state licensing
requirements as well as potential penalties for failure to comply with same;
Successfully wrote/argued Order to Show Cause seeking Dissolution of NJ Civil Union;
Successfully wrote/argued Motion to Dismiss Paternity/Child Support Petition;
Conducted Grounds Trial in Divorce Action (solo)
Associate - Matrimonial, Trusts & Estates, Civil Litigation
April 2011 to Present
LITIGATION: Appear in NYS Supreme and NYC Civil Court for conferences and argue discovery and summary judgment motions; drafting pleadings and discovery demands/responses; heavy motion practice including summary judgment proceedings to collect unpaid promissory notes and to dismiss claims against client landlord for terminating lease; assess value and negotiate sale of minority shareholder’s interest in corporation; assessment of applicability of ancient mortgage doctrine to allow for release of escrow funds to client; overall case assessment.
MATRIMONIAL/FAMILY LAW: Appear in NYS Supreme Court for grounds trial, conferences and motions and NYS Family Court for child support, child custody and paternity hearings as well as related motions; drafting pleadings and discovery demands/responses; preparing comprehensive stipulations of settlement/separation agreements; heavy client interaction; overall case assessment.
TRUSTS & ESTATES: Prepare Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney; Estate Probate and Administration; Negotiate settlement of Medicare liens against estates.
Alumni Association Chair, Public Service Awards Panel
November 2008 to Present
Collaboration with Association President to launch Alumni Association. Planned/Executed inaugural event and future similar events; Panel member for The E. Virgil Conway College Scholarship and The Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards.
Volunteer Court Attorney
June 2010 to April 2011
Certified and registered as Volunteer Court Attorney for the NYS Supreme Court Uncontested Matrimonial Part.
Associate - Corporate Construction Litigation
April 2008 to July 2009
LITIGATION: Trial preparation, including: evaluating evidentiary materials, preparing expert/fact witnesses for testimony, identifying issues requiring pre-trial judicial intervention; conducting client interviews and site inspections; drafting discovery demands and responses; preparing mechanics liens and actions to enforce liens, prepare settlement proposals.
APPELLATE: Draft appellate briefs, outline oral argument.
CORPORATE: Investigate and analyze Fortune “50” client compliance with multi-state licensing laws.
LANDMARK DESIGNATION: Investigate historical and architectural significance of proposed landmarks; identify ramifications of grant of landmark status; assist in negotiations with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
ABA Accredited Paralegal Program
January 2006 to September 2008
Teach Litigation Course with emphasis on motion practice.
Associate - Premises Liability, Toxic Tort, Products Liability
August 2006 to February 2008
Duties included, but were not limited to: Pre-trial and case preparation; Depositions of Witnesses; Drafting Motions; Preparing reports; Court Appearances; overseeing Junior Associates; and Client Interaction.
Associate - Premises Liability, Negligent Supervision, Products Liability, Toxic Tort
May 2003 to August 2006
Duties included, but were not limited to: Client intake; attending court conferences; drafting pleadings, discovery demands and responses; writing and arguing discovery and summary judgment motions; taking and defending depositions; conducting site inspections; jury selection; assist with supervision of Paralegals/Administrative staff.
Assistant to Financial Secretary/Personnel Director
August 2001 to May 2003
Coordinating and implementing special projects pertaining to union events and records, including innovative documentary filing system for member records, and assisting with creation of annual Labor Day Parade materials.
September 2000 to May 2001
Review and confirm citations in various legal materials as needed.
September 1993 to December 1999
Assisted with preliminary client interviews; Drafted/filed pleadings, pre-trial motions, and trial memoranda; Prepared annual/final accountings; Prepared Trial Exhibits; Estate Administration; Performed legal research and document review; Interviewed employees; Trained new personnel; and Served as English-Spanish interpreter (written/spoken).
Law Intern to Hon. Herbert Altman
January 1999 to May 1999
Researched various criminal law issues; observed court proceedings.
September 1996 to August 1998
Assisted attorneys in law clinic management, Served as English-Spanish interpreter (written/spoken); Oversee law student work on clinic cases; Conducted preliminary client interviews; Drafted pleadings, pre-trial motions, and trial memoranda.
September 1988 to December 1990
Drafted/filed pleadings, pre-trial motions, and trial memoranda; Prepared Trial Exhibits; Estate Administration; Performed legal research and document review.
B.A. in Liberal Studies
Proficient in Castilian (Spanish) - read, write and speak
“Scaffold Law Applied to Work Done Without Owner’s Consent”, co-authored with Henry H. Korn, Esq.
LePatner Report, Summer 2008