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Delmar, Maryland 21875 Home: (401) 896-2437 or Mobile: (443) 880-8161 E-mail:

Accomplished, solutions-focused professional with a comprehensive, broad background in team leadership and trial litigation, specializing in both the public and private sectors. Calm demeanor in the face of difficulties; expert in independently and cost-effectively managing multiple legal projects in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments. Highly versatile; adept at quickly mastering new roles and responsibilities. Reputation for integrity, perseverance, and work ethic. Admitted to the Maryland and New Mexico Bar.

Insurance Defense State and Federal Trial & Appeals Litigation Management Employment Law Criminal Prosecution Negotiations Corporate Law Regulatory Compliance Relationship Building

Participated in a complex class action suit involving a health management organization regarding prescription pricing; Successfully defended medical implant manufacturers in medical malpractice suits. Designed, developed, and implemented an innovative and effective county gang resistance effort touted state-wide as a model program, as well as chairing a violent street gang suppression committee consisting of community leaders in law enforcement, religious, and business communities. Appointed to Governors Kaizen activity designed to formulate state response to gang violence and served as a member of committee that drafted legislation that became Marylands criminal gang law. Prepared, presented, and launched a whole systems approach to root cause investigations of AF aviation accidents and instituted risk management into all Air Force safety programs. Awarded an appreciation plaque by the US Attorney for the District of Maryland for my work in Project Exile, a gun crime program.

Litigation Attorney, Private Practice (2011-Present) Sole Practitioner Demonstrate strategic planning and organization skills in proficiently steering case projects from initiation and discovery through court trial, with an emphasis on litigation. Exhibit leadership and prioritizing abilities in performing a broad range of legal and firm management activities, including developing marketing campaigns, allocating annual budgets, and developing financial initiatives. Recruit, train, and supervise associates and paralegals in all aspects of litigation and track individual staff member progress to ensure critical compliance with policies and procedures. Apply strong case management and negotiation skills in evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, and resolving cases through settlement, mediation, arbitration, and trials. Train, mentor, and motivate staff in all phases of cases, including initial intake, case reviews, litigation strategies, discovery, and trial. Collaboratively work with junior attorneys to assist them in understanding the litigation process, playing a key role in their performance and development.



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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE -ContinuedServe as a founder of Leaders in Litigation, Washington, D.C. and Member of Executive Board for Nonprofit Stop the Violence in Wicomico County, Inc., providing support and assistance for activities involving at-risk youth. Proficiently manage a broad range of cases including insurance defense, commercial contracts, purchase agreements, corporate law, zoning issues, personal injury, federal discrimination, wrongful discharge, products liability, and legal malpractice. Appointed to serve as legal counsel to Disability Advocates of Delmarva, Inc. States Attorney for Wicomico County (2005-2011) Assistant States Attorney Strategically prioritized, planned, and drove projects to ensure on-time completion while maintaining high quality standards. Earned a stellar reputation in preparing and executing misdemeanor and felony crimes in Maryland District and Circuit Courts. Played a key role in violent crime prevention as the Administrator of federally funded Wicomico County Exile, Hard Time for Gun Crime program. Elected by County law enforcement leaders as the County Chairman for criminal street gang suppression and recognized authority in gang suppression and prosecution. Contributed critical thinking and analytical skills in researching, preparing, and delivering presentations for various topics during educational seminars for professionals and the public. Served as Legal Counsel on corporate non-profit addressing local youth violence. Seidel, Baker & Tilghman, P.A. (2003-2005) Associate Attorney Demonstrated sharp legal acumen in overseeing the performance of general practice cases in various stages of litigation including trial involving commercial contracts, purchase agreements, corporate law, zoning issues, divorce, child custody, workers compensation, contract drafting, and personal injury. Bannerman & Williams, P.A. (2001-2003) Associate Attorney Actively represented clients in 22 cases in various stages of litigation involving federal discrimination, wrongful discharge, products liability, personal injury, and legal malpractice. Applied strong research and drafting skills in performing transactional tasks, including drafting documents, establishing corporate entities, and drafting county ordinances. Successfully defended major regional hospital in a class action suit. Contributed to the performance of three appeals to the 10th Circuit. Demonstrated strong communication and negotiation skills in achieving 5 settlements and representing a broad range of clients in unemployment compensation and medical service denials before administrative bodies. High Performance Techniques (1997-2001) Sole Proprietor - Safety Program Development & Implementation Exhibited solid leadership skills in serving as Chief Investigator for plaintiffs in a product liability suit concerning the crash of an Air Force HC-130. Effectively analyzed internal processes to define inefficiencies and provided expert recommendations to boost productivity and streamline workflow. Created and executed a broad range of behavioral safety programs, quality, and team building for small businesses, further illustrating exceptional analytical skills. Served as a State Board Examiner for Quality New Mexico, including reviewing and assessing applications for 1997 Malcolm Baldridge-styled Quality Awards. Continued


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Juris Doctor - University of New Mexico School of Law Master of Arts, Political Science with Public Law Specialty - University of Texas at El Paso Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, cum laude - University of Texas at El Paso Graduate - U.S. Air Force Air Command & Staff College and Air War College Certified Total Quality Management Facilitator

Member, President of UNM Law School Chapter - Christian Legal Society Member - Maryland State Bar Association Member - New Mexico State Bar Association Member - Albuquerque Bar Association Member, Eastern Region Director - Mid-Atlantic Region Gang Investigators Network Member - East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Exile. Teach high school students throughout Wicomico County the consequences of gun crime (2005) Operational Risk Management. For The Executive Group, Albuquerque CEOs. Two presentations (1997). Air Force Operational Risk Management. As a private contractor, Developed and delivered two-day seminars and, weeklong presentations at seven Air Force Bases. (1996-1997) Air Force Safety Board Presidents Course. As an Air Force Officer developed and delivered four-day seminars to senior Air Force officers concerning process, procedures, and conduct of a aircraft accident investigation board. Total Quality Management. As an Air Force Officer developed and delivered two-day seminars to military and civilian employees of McGuire AFB, New Jersey and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Instructed over 1,000 students. (1993-1996) Organizational Safety Programs. Taught undergraduate course for Embry-Riddle University (1984). Gang Awareness seminars presented at various times to over 1,000 to citizens, law enforcement officers, and state and county officials. Prosecuting Gangs in Maryland to law enforcement officers and criminal prosecutors.