Summary

Intellectual property and international trade attorney with electrical engineering degree and 8+ years of legal experience as federal judicial clerk and law firm litigator for top companies. Seeking attorney position at innovative technology company or public service organization, joining collaborative colleagues doing work that matters.

Education

Education
1997 - 2000

J.D

DUKE LAW SCHOOL

Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Staff Editor

1992 - 1996

B.S. - Electrical Engineering

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Graduated magna cum laude

Legal Experience

Work History
2014 - Present

CEO & General Counsel, Crowdfunding Startup

VILLAGE X INC

Manage operations and technology innovation for nonprofit with smartphone app that crowdfunds direct donations to community-led projects in the U.S. and developing countries and sends donors live picture updates of impact. Oversee legal affairs, including patent prosecution, business registration and corporate agreements. Develop marketing strategies and recruit partner organizations in U.S., Ghana and Malawi. Design and implement fundraising initiatives, including successful $34,000 Indiegogo campaign. 

2012 - 2014

Associate Attorney, U.S. International Trade Commission Litigation

ADDUCI, MASTRIANI & SCHAUMBERG, LLP

Litigated investigations under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 for corporate clients such as Nike, Toyo Tires and Emerson Electric. Helped clients navigate domestic and international trade customs. Counseled clients on trade policy matters. Wrote timely articles and speeches on litigation and trade policy.

Lead Author: Section 337 as a Force for “Good”? Exploring the Breadth of Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair Acts Under § 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 514 Fed. Cir. B.J. 23 (2014).

2002 - 2006

Associate Attorney, Federal District Court Litigation

KLARQUIST SPARKMAN, LLP

Litigated intellectual property cases in federal district courts, mostly software patent infringement disputes for Microsoft Corporation. Advised corporate clients on strategic business matters involving the licensing, protection, enforcement and negotiation of intellectual property rights.

Member of Microsoft's Trial Team: Imagexpo LLC, v. Microsoft Corporation, No. CIV. 3:02CV751, United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Richmond Division.

2001 - 2002

Judicial Clerk (for U.S. District Judge), Federal District Court Litigation

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

Chosen among hundreds of candidates. Researched federal and state legal issues and drafted orders resolving criminal and civil motions. Oversaw a large and diverse docket with cases of local, national and international importance.

2000 - 2001

Judicial Clerk (for U.S. Magistrate Judge), Federal District Court Litigation

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA

Drafted memoranda summarizing arguments presented by parties in discovery motions. Completed various legal research/writing projects and regularly opened court.

Government Service

Certifications
2009 - 2012

Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Government

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Researched and enforced applicable environmental laws (e.g., NEPA, Clean Water Act) and National Park Service policies. Designed park projects with internal and external stakeholders, and drafted and issued project permits. Wrote and edited Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements. Administered complex Environmental Management System (e.g., air quality, storm water management, hazardous waste storage, green building and purchasing, climate change).

2006 - 2008

Secondary School Teacher, U.S. Government

PEACE CORPS (MALAWI)

Lived in rural village without running water or electricity. Taught several subjects and all grade levels at local secondary school. Led nationwide education camp for the brightest village students in Malawi. Administered/managed USAID-funded project to provide dormitory housing for female students.

Publications

  • Village X Inc. – Reward Good Development, WorldView, Summer 2014
  • Section 337 as a Force for “Good”? Exploring the Breadth of Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair Acts Under § 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 514 Fed. Cir. B.J. 23 (2014)
  • How Joinder Impacts Choice Of Patent Litigation Forum, Law360, January 17, 2014
  • Come to Africa for Business, Not Handouts, WorldView, Summer 2013
  • Trading with Africa: Legal Advice from the Front Lines , The Africa eJournal, April 2013
  • The Secret of Foreign Aid (op-ed), The Baltimore Sun, April 21, 2011
  • Make Peace Corps Less Risky for Volunteers (op-ed), The Baltimore Sun, January 30, 2011
  • Military and Relief Aid: When the Lines Blur (letter), The New York Times, December 23, 2010
  • Why I’m Grateful To Be An American (op-ed), OregonLive.com, November 25, 2010
  • From Microsoft To Malawi: Learning on the Front Lines as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Hamilton Books 2010)

Professional Memberships

  • D.C. Bar (since 2015); Oregon State Bar (since 2002); Maryland State Bar (since 2000)
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (2012-14)
  • Friends of Malawi (nonprofit), Board Member (since 2010)

Honors & Awards

  • Received Congressional Commendation from U.S. Representative John Garamendi for “fulfilling the Third Goal of the Peace Corps” by writing From Microsoft to Malawi.
  • Nominated by Peace Corps Writers for the Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering & Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Societies (1994-96)
  • Cornell National Scholar (“Along with leadership abilities, students exhibit academic excellence and a commitment to serving the communities in which they live.”) (1992)

Other Relevant Skills

Languages: English (native speaker/writer); Chichewa/Chinyanja (proficient speaker/writer)
Information Technology: Business software (e.g., Office®); Microsoft, Apple and open-source OSs
International Travel: Lived and worked in rural Malawi; traveled in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Nepal, Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Chile, and Australia.