Experienced general counsel with excellent corporate and transactional skills and diverse in-house legal management and leadership experience at public and private companies. Strengths include proven judgment, attention to detail, and the ability to partner with business executives to solve complex problems and achieve business goals and objectives.
Oct 2012 - Present
Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs
Provide legal, business and Internet policy advice and expertise to Rightside, an end-to-end domain name services company. Represent the company at ICANN meetings and in policy and Internet governance working groups. Assist with legislative affairs activities. Draft, review and negotiate key partnership agreements and strategic contracts related to the business.
Jul 2006 - Sep 2011
Senior Director, Law, Policy and Business Affairs
As the Senior Director for Law, Policy and Business Affairs for Network Solutions I provide legal counsel and business guidance to a leading provider of Web-based applications and solutions for online businesses including domain name registration, web hosting and design services, online marketing and advertising, social media, and e-commerce solutions. Primary responsibilities include drafting, reviewing, and negotiating service agreements, partnership agreements, and licensing agreements, advising on new product development and marketing, handling labor and employment related matters, insuring compliance with industry regulations, representing the company at ICANN policy meetings, directing M&A matters, and overseeing and enforcing the company's trademark, copyright, and patent rights.
Jun 2004 - Jul 2006
Assistant General Counsel
LCC International, Inc.
At LCC, I served as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded global wireless network engineering consulting company. Primary responsibilities included drafting, negotiating and managing all commercial contracts, licensing and services agreements as well as preparing 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, press releases and other corporate disclosures to insure compliance with SEC and NASDAQ rules. Coordinated M&A activities both nationally and internationally, and managed the company s intellectual property assets.
Oct 1997 - Jun 2004
OBrien, Butler, McConihe & Schaefer, PLLC
As a senior attorney with the firm, I provided corporate counsel to non-profit organizations, media companies, private companies, and private foundations. I drafted and negotiated various commercial contracts, licenses, and service agreements. Advised clients on corporate governance and compliance issues. Responsible for the prosecution of all trademark and copyright registrations.
Oct 1995 - Oct 1997
US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
As a law cleark to the Honorable Donald L. Ivers, I researched and analyzed legal issues and arguments in appellate cases involving claims for veteran s benefits. I drafted memorandum decisions, orders, and panel opinions assigned to the Judge for his disposition.
Sep 1992 - May 1995
University of Maine School of Law
Sep 1986 - May 1990
Bachelor of Arts
University of Virginia
Married, two children.
District of Columbia (1996)
Westwood Country Club, Vienna, VA
The Rotunda Society (University of Virginia)
General Society of the Colonial Wars of Washington, DC
The Hereditary Order of the Descendants of Colonial Governors
The Society of the Ark and the Dove
National Society Americans of Royal Descent
The General Society of the War of 1812 (DC)
The Order of the Merovingian Dynasty
100 Living Descendants of Blood Royal
Social Media, Marketing and Communications