Valparaiso University School of Law
Valparaiso University School of Law
Dynamic and versatile legal professional with experience in both civil and criminal litigation. Proven ability to maintain excellent client communication while achieving desired results. Excellent research and writing skills, in addition to effective communication skills. Tried four cases to verdict in the past year. Licensed to practice in Indiana, Illinois, and New York. Admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.
I work to maintain a casual, approachable atmosphere through which we can solve your problems. I'm committed to providing the highest quality of legal services to my clients in the most cost effective manner. If at all possible I try to settle matters without going to court, however, sometimes proceeding to court is unavoidable. I have over fifteen years of litigation experience and have tried both civil and criminal matters. Whatever your case requires, I can handle it.
AUG 2009 - Present
Serving businesses and individuals with exceptional legal services in civil and corporate matters.
NOV 2006 - AUG 2009
KOPKA PINKUS DOLIN & EADS
Handled first and third party actions including personal injury auto accidents, premises liability and bad faith. Managed all aspects of cases from inception through completion, including trial, if necessary. Identified and communicated with experts to develop issues and strategy for trial. Maintained close relationships with clients to implement defense strategy.
Negotiated settlements with opposing counsel and at mediation consistently under authority granted by client. Prepared and argued dispositive motions, including motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss. Surpassed annual billable requirement of 2200 hours.
FEB 2002 - MAY 2003
MELITO & ADOLFSEN
Assisted multiple partners on issues involving both liability and coverage. Drafted pleadings and responses to motions and memorandum of law in support of dispositive motions. Performed detailed research projects to identify and analyze legal issues.
JAN 2000 - JAN 2002
STELLATO & SCHWARTZ, LTD.
Appeared in court on regular basis for motions and case management hearings. Deposed plaintiffs and defended defendants at deposition. Identified treating physicians to be deposed and took depositions to advise clients on strengths of plaintiff's case. Defended clients at mediation and arbitration hearings.
JAN 1998 - JAN 2000
Lead prosecutor of the Domestic Violence Unit. Implemented the Victim's Independence Program which enabled and encouraged victims of domestic violence to escape their abusers. Managed all aspects of cases proceeding to both bench and jury trial.
APR 1998 - OCT 1998
EANNACE LOWERY & MEADE
Maintained caseload of approximately 250 cases including motions, settlement negotiations and trial. Deposed parties and witnesses after identification of relevant witnesses. Represented clients at mediation and arbitration hearings.
JAN 1997 - JAN 1998
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Prosecuted defendants charged with misdemeanors including battery, drunk driving, prostitution, and drug possession. Tried numerous cases to both bench and jury. Promoted to prosecuting felony crimes within one year. Established paternity orders and enforced child support orders for the child support enforcement division.
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