For over 25 years, I have advised, counseled and litigated on behalf of companies, often in highly regulated environments, helping them to resolve difficult legal and policy issues. I have managed significant disputes both as in-house and outside counsel. These disputes have required me to oversee large teams of people managing legal, administrative, public relations and legislative issues, as well as formulating strategic direction, often simultaneously, and to meet regularly with state and federal elected officials, state and federal administrative agencies and representatives of accrediting bodies. These experiences have required me to be both directive and creative in my thought processes. I have also become adept at negotiating resolution of complex and multi-faceted disputes where others have been unable to reach resolution through the unique ability to find win-win situations not apparent on the surface. I apply this level of thought and creativity to all of my matters.
As a member of the Armstrong Teasdale Litigation practice group, my practice is focused on advising and defending companies facing legal or regulatory issues involving the government, competitors, employees, customers or shareholders. I have specific experience defending cases brought under state consumer protection acts, the False Claims Act, the Consumer Finance Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and the Fair Labor Standards Act. My extensive experience working with companies operating in the higher education and telecommunications sectors translates to other regulated businesses facing similar issues.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award of Distinction (Feature Writing)||The Communicator Awards||2014|
|Award of Excellence (Feature Writing)||Awards for Publication Excellence||2014|
|Best Corporate Counsel Award (Finalist)||Denver Business Journal||2013|
|Best General Counsel Award (Finalist)||Dallas Business Journal||2003|
|Partner||Armstrong Teasdale||2015 - Present|
|Chief Legal Officer||Alta Colleges, Inc.||2006 - 2015|
|Chief Legal Officer||Valor Communications Group||2000 - 2006|
|Corporate Counsel||U S WEST||1989 - 2000|
|Associate||Popham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman||1986 - 1989|
|Judicial Clerk||Judge Thomas Shanahan - Nebraska Supreme Court||1985 - 1986|
|Career Education Review||CFPB Rules Proposal may Drastically Impact School Arbitration Agreements||2015|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Docket||When the Agency Comes Knocking: Defending a US Consumer Protection Investigation||2015|
|Career Education Review||So you want to be a corporate director? Practical Considerations of Director Liability||2015|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Docket||Managing the Court of Public Opinion During a Media Crisis||2013|
|Nebraska Law Review - 65 Nebr. L. Rev. 385||Internal Revenue Code Section 709: To Deduct, Amortize or Capitalize, That is the Question||1986|
|University of Nebraska College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|University of Nebraska, Omaha||BS - Bachelor of Science||1981|
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