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Contract Attorney Positions

Attorney

Chestnut Ridge, NY

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Admissions: New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

Work Experience

Contract Attorney Positions

Legal Support Personnel, Special Counsel, Update Legal, and DeNovo Legal.
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New York, NY
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2008 to Present

Worked at various firms including Cravath, Swaine and Moore; Sullivan & Cromwell; Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP; Wilmer Hale; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP; Shulte Roth & Zabel, LLP; and Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC

Corporate Adjunct

National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center
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College Station, TX
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January 2008 to January 2011

Assist with training programs with regard to emergency response and rescue.

Legislative Research Coordinator

Rockland County Legislature
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New City, NY
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2007 to 2008

Researched items requested by Legislators. Worked with Legislative Counsel on drafting resolutions and/or local laws.

Member

Executive-Counsel, PLC
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Chestnut Ridge, NY
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2005 to 2008

A Group of attorneys around the east coast with an internet hub that focus on servicing business needs in various states. Worked in the New York area and handling real estate, real estate litigation, commercial transactions, general corporate/ general counsel, land use, planning and zoning and governmental relations. Served Counsel to The Monte Group, a title and real estate group of companies.

Partner

Reda, Schwan, Bakshi & Associates, LLP, New City, NY
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New City, NY
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January 2005 to December 2006

The firm focused on servicing individuals and small businesses in the Hudson Valley, New York, and Long Island area. Handled real estate matters, land use, litigation, commercial transactions, general corporate/ general counsel, administrative hearings, and governmental relations.

Of Counsel

Cohen, Estis & Associates
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Goshen, NY
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2003 to 2005

General Practice. Handled civil litigation cases, including real estate litigation, administrative hearings and appeals, article 78 matters, transactional and real estate matters, land use, zoning and planning matters, estate matters, bankruptcy matters, and immigration matters. Represented Condo Boards and HOA's on behalf of firm. Handled work from the firm's municipal clients. Managed firm's litigation caseload for a few months.

Director of Project and Grants

Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman
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Middletown, NY
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2001 to 2003

Managed varied district projects at request of local and state government and constituents; advised Congressman with respect to numerous district issues; identified funding sources for local government agencies, Not-for-Profits, N.G.O.'s, individual constituents; assisted federal agencies with delivery of funding and service to district; represented Congressman at events and conferences; prepared and delivered extemporaneous remarks on his behalf; accompanied Congressman at events, conferences, and meetings and advised him regarding policy issues; and prepared background information, talking points, and remarks for Congressman.

Partner

Bakshi Law Office
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New York, NY
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1992 to 2001

General practice of law including civil litigation, real estate, corporations securities compliance, criminal defense, estate planning, and bankruptcy. Offered pro bono services to individuals and Not-for-Profits.

Associate

Gerstman & Ledina
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Monticello, NY
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1991 to 1992

General litigation, real estate transactions, estate planning, family practice, and corporate matters.

District Office Assistant

N.Y.S. Assemblymember Jacob E. Gunther, III
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Middletown, NY
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1990 to 1992

District Office Assistant 
Managed Middletown Office, provided constituent services, answered requests for assistance and funding, organized a committee to review issues regarding the New York City watershed; represented Assemblymember at numerous events throughout district.

Research Assistant

Professor Ronald David Greenberg, Columbia University
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New York, NY
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1990 to 1992

Researched case law and statutory law for business law course syllabus; assisted in creating syllabus for international business law course; and edited transcripts of legal treatise.

Associate

Law Offices of Manmohan K. Bakshi, P.C
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New York, NY
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1989 to 1991

General practice of law - worked on litigation, real estate, estate planning, probate, family law, and corporate matters.

Adjunct Professor

College and Community Colleges
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New York State

Rockland County Community College, Suffern, NY – Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Course (2008)  
Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY - State and Local Government Course (2000-2001)  
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY - Trusts & Estates; Business Law Course (1990-1992)  
Sullivan County Community College, Lock Sheldrake, NY - Trust and Estates; Legal Research; Business Law 1&2; Introduction to Law; Introduction to Philosophy; and Ethics Courses (1990-1992)

Education

JD

St. John's University School of Law
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Jamaica, NY

1986 to 1989

BA in Philosophy

New York University
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New York, NY

1982 to 1986

Skills

Legal Research & Writing, Litigation, Corporate, General Practice, Electronic Discovery

Additional Information

Editor and Managing Editor (1990 – 1993): New York International Law Review, New York State Bar Association  
 
Internships: US Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York), US Magistrate Northern District of New York, NYS Supreme Court Justice 
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVMENT  
 
Member, Rockland County Democratic Committee […]  
Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (2008)  
 
Executive Director, Rockland County Democratic Committee […] 
Law Chair, Rockland County Democratic Committee […] 
Treasurer, Rockland County Democratic Committee […] 
Member and Volunteer Poll Watcher, New York Democratic Lawyers Council 
 
Served on the Board of Sullivan County United Way 
Served as member of the Sullivan County and City of Middletown Democratic Committees. 
Worked on various local, state, and federal campaigns.