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Work History

2014Present

Group Vice President

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Group Vice President (July 2016 - Present)
Vice President (2014 - July 2016)

Litigation within the Legal Department of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, a leader in the hospitality industry.

Responsible for and supervises all non-employment litigation for Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc.

Negotiate and draft various agreements; provide analysis to corporate counsel, business-side personnel, and senior management through frequent communications regarding contract interpretation, potential litigation, and litigation strategies.

20022014

Litigation Partner

KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP

Litigation Partner (2009-2014) ; Associate (Summer 2002; 2003-2009)

Provided advice and counsel to senior management and in-house counsel of leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 corporations on a broad range of practice areas including securities, fraud, breach of contract, insurance, ERISA, RICO, antitrust, bankruptcy, and real estate. Industry focus included broker-dealers, investment companies, health insurance, and telecommunications.

Experience

Complex Commercial Litigation

Diversified complex litigation practice representing clients in all aspects of commercial disputes. Appeared in state and federal courts (trial and appellate), arbitration, mediation, and regulatory proceedings. Day-to-day case management experience including pre-litigation analysis, developing litigation strategies, managing discovery and fact-development, coordinating expert materials, preparing and defending corporate employees for deposition and trial testimony, drafting and arguing motions, and examining fact and expert witnesses at deposition and trial.

 

High Profile Cases

Franco v. Cigna

  • Represented Cigna in $3+ billion class action relating to out-of-network health insurance benefits. Lead role deposing plaintiffs' class certification and damages expert.
  • Following more than three years of discovery, multiple depositions of plaintiffs' expert, and two years of briefing, the Court rejected plaintiffs' motion to certify a class in part because plaintiffs lacked a cognizable theory of proving damages on a class-wide basis and ultimately granted a motion for summary judgment.
  • Notably, several other major health insurers represented by other law firms settled or agreed to settle cases involving similar allegations for a combined total of more than $700 million.

 

In re MSR Resort Golf Course LLC, et al.

  • Represented debtors in multi-billion chapter 11 proceeding involving five iconic resorts including the Grand Wailea hotel and the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.
  • Managed numerous litigation matters arising during the underlying bankruptcy, including a $300+ million rejection damages claim brought by Hilton and an approximately $20 million rejection damages claim brought by Marriott.

Education

20002003

J.D

Boston University

Boston University International Law Journal, Executive Editor, 2002-2003

Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar, Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Edward F. Hennessey Scholar

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B.A International Studies

Johns Hopkins University

General and Departmental Honors, 2000