November 2011 to Present
Corporate counsel for business incubator and holding company based in the Silicon Valley. Projects and acquisitions have ranged from technology start-ups to various firms involved in the employment screening and/or data retrieval sectors.
Currently responsible for providing legal and tax guidance to senior management team in addition to the preparation of all contracts, including confidentiality agreements, work-for-hire agreements, employment agreements, etc.
2011 to Present
Associate attorney for South Florida law firm providing legal services to insurance companies, as well as numerous local and national corporations. Practice areas included homeowners' claims, construction defects, commercial disputes, insurance first and third party coverage, bad faith litigation, and personal injury/wrongful death cases in Florida state and federal courts as well as other jurisdictions around the country.
Responsible for mediations, motions and depositions of engineering specialists, public adjustors and others regarding remediation of projects
2008 to 2011
Law Office of Jason Gelinas, PA Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jones and Valliere, PA
As corporate counsel delivered insight, expertise and leadership essential to achieve client objectives and meet revenue and profit targets for an insurance defense practice specializing in commercial automobiles and workers' compensation.
Provided advice to prevent, mitigate and resolve legal problems and conducted discovery, depositions, document review and case law research
Devised litigation strategies and represented clients in bench and jury trials
Directed support staff and managed caseload ensuring compliance with professional standards
February 2002 to October 2008
Spearheaded workers' compensation litigation, mediations, depositions, and motions. Reviewed unique attributes of client matters and determined an appropriate course of action. Prioritized, scheduled and executed all phases of work required for civil trials and appeals, including legal research, document preparation, filing motions and preparing courtroom witnesses.
Established a solid reputation for professional excellence while managing the Workers' Compensation practice for the firm.
July 2000 to February 2002
Specialized in workers' compensation defense and plaintiff's work.
May 1999 to June 2000
Specialized in workers' compensation, personal injury, Social Security disability and criminal law.
August 1997 to April 1999
Specialized in workers' compensation and Social Security disability.
1996 to 1997
Advised a manufacturer in areas of international finance, transportation and documentation, and secured business critical import permits.
Assistant Public Defender
1995 to 1996
Provided key support in misdemeanor trials, handled first appearances, violation of probation hearings, motions, appeals and writs for Spanish speaking clients.
L.L.M in International Law
1993 to 1994
Juris Doctor in Law
1990 to 1993
BA in Criminal Justice
1986 to 1988
Flient in English, Spanish and French
Licensed attorney since 1993
Admitted to practice Florida State Bar, Federal Bar (Middle District) and United States Tax Court
Extensive experience in the preparation and trial of property claims, construction litigation, workers’ compensation and personal injury
Exceptional knowledge of administrative procedures, rules of evidence, and trial practice
Dynamic, self-driven and results-focused with more than 16 years of experience winning judgments for commercial insurance clients in state courts
Astute analyst, strategic thinker and creative problem solver
Superb manager with a track record for orchestrating complex and high-volume demands to unfailingly achieve target outcomes
Various independent contractor assignments throughout my legal career