Experience

  • Associate General Counsel
  • September 2008 to Present

  • Verizon Communications
  • Chicago, IL

  • Senior advisor and lead attorney on several of Verizon’s top customer relationships, particularly in the Media, Entertainment and Technology sector, representing several hundred million in revenue
  • Draft and negotiate a variety of agreements including complex communications, security and information systems
  • Manage all legal issues on complex account set with significant regulatory compliance and international issue resolution
  • Attorney, Legal & Commercial Group
  • May 2003 to September 2008

  • Accenture LLP
  • Chicago,IL

  • Supported the US State and Local Government Client Group, which has annual sales of approximately $500 million
  • Manage disputes between Accenture and its clients and subcontractors, including drafting and negotiating settlement agreements
  • Negotiate and structure consulting, master services and outsourcing contracts with US state and local governmental instrumentalities, including over 10 states and several local government entities
  • Negotiate numerous software licenses, purchase agreements, joint ventures and confidentiality agreements with information technology service providers
  • Attorney
  • August 1998 to April 2002

  • Arthur Andersen LLP
  • Chicago,IL

  • Advise on and negotiate tax-related engagements, including tax technology/automation, planning, compliance and outsourcing engagements. Draft, review and negotiate license agreements, as licensee and licensor.
  • Advise on issues relating to Internet and web sites, including usage rights and copyright questions
  • Assistant General Counsel

  • City of Chicago Department of Law
  • Chicago,IL

  • Advised City departments on variety of legal matters including acquisition of major computer systems for billing and collection and data management.
  • Drafted and negotiated complex commercial contracts for City services, intergovernmental agreements, concession license agreements, software licensing agreements, consultant agreements and ordinances; reviewed contracts for compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Education and Training

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Chicago,IL

  • Juris Doctor with High Honors
  • 1994

  • G.P.A. 3.85/4.00
  • Class Rank 4/319
  • Order of the Coif, Dean's List
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 1993-94
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: Constitutional Law, Contracts
  • Academic Achievement Class Awards*: Corporate Finance, Antitrust, Legal Drafting (Finance)
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Chicago,IL

  • Judicial Externship Program, IIT
    Magistrate Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, Northern District of Illinois
  • 1993

  • Judicial Extern, Spring Semester
  • Researched motions before the court and drafted opinions on constitutional and contractual disputes
  • University of Illinois
  • Urbana-Champaign

  • Bachelor of Arts:Political Science
  • 1991

  • G.P.A. 4.72/5.00
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Dean's List
  • University College
  • Galway, Ireland

  • G.P.A. 4.0/4.0
  • 1989