Experienced attorney with public and private sector experience, research and writing skills, and marketing degree with relocated private practice in New York City seeks synergistic of-counsel or associate relationship with New York law firm.
Licensed in New York (January, 1988) and Illinois (May, 1988) on first-time bar exams.
Licensed in New York and Illinois. Marketing undergraduate degree.
Former Assistant Public Defender and private practice family law attorney with administrative agency and domestic violence background. Experience with clients requiring special sensitivity such as minors, battered women and criminal defendants.
Proficient to fluent in French. Passed ALTA International's French Language Legal Comprehension Test (2009). English and French language document reviewer.
Former Director of Business Development for economic development agency. Advocate and public speaker before civic leaders, industry executives and congressional bodies.
Brooklyn Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild, New York Chapter
2010 - Present
Law Office of Patricia J. Gust
Representing clients in divorces, paternity, domestic violence, child support, custody and other matters. Conducted client interviews, attended depositions, prepared financial documents for hearings, motions and trials.
2004 - 2009
Reviewed and analyzed discovery documents in English and French on Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission investigations, breach of contract, and other corporate-related matters on behalf of Winston & Strawn, Sidley Austin and other major law firms.
2002 - 2003
Assistant Public Defender, Attorney II
Vermilion County Public Defender's Office
Handled entire juvenile caseload representing minors in felony and misdemeanor matters; represented adults charged in neglect, abuse, and termination of parental rights. Heavy daily courtroom practice included arraignments, adjudications, dispositions; and representing clients in permanency review, detention, shelter care, and termination hearings as mandated by Illinois statutes and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services regulations.
1996 - 1997
Director, Business Development
Chicago Southland Development, Inc.
Located and promoted business and industry development for South region of metropolitan Chicago through an alliance comprised of real estate developers, civic groups and local government. Prepared proposals utilizing incentives such as Tax Increment Financing and Enterprise Zones. Advocated regional projects, performed research, gave presentations and worked with state and federal congressional representatives.