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City & State : Garfield, AR
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Relocation Preferences : Related Professions
Objective : mid-west, mid to south east coast
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Connecticut Supreme Court, 1994; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1995; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1997


Consummate attorney with more than 15 years of legal experience. Served as legal advisor to all levels of business leaders from senior managers to executives including members of the board and CEO. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and business skills. Superior judgment. Willing to relocate.


BENTON COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, Benton County, AR February 2006Present
Elected Official, Legislator
Involve in all aspects of creating and passing laws for governance of county. Appropriate money as requested by county executive. Serve on Long Range Planning and Environmental Committees.

Attorney/Contract Consultant February 2006Present
Serve as advisor to political action committees in subject areas of property and environmental laws. Provide contract services to Kansas City law firm specializing in representation of national developers of retail shopping destinations, within the scope of developments $500 million and more. Engage in land acquisition and drafting of all legal documents, including developer agreements, purchase agreements, and restrictive easements or covenants.

WAL-MART STORES, INC., Bentonville, ARNovember 1999January 2006
Associate General Counsel
Counseled retail corporation with annual sales exceeding $288 billion. Supported store operations executive initiatives, other income departments, regulatory licensing department, ATF and other compliance departments, and training and loss prevention departments.
Organized successful effort that resulted in more favorable laws for retailers in New England.
Provided legal guidance in contract review and drafting, preparation of SEC 10 Q & K reports, litigation management, administrative matters before federal and state regulatory bodies, and real estate issues that arise within store leasing operations.
Saved millions of dollars in claims through mediations, negotiations, and litigation actions.

Senior Division Counsel/Corporate Counsel
Served as primary real estate, construction, and environmental law and land use attorney for various departments, including real estate and development divisions, construction, architecture and design, store planning, store maintenance, property management, and distribution centers and logistics. Provided litigation management for litigated matters arising out of projects managed by the above departments or divisions.
Maintained an active caseload of 175 cases, and saved client millions of dollars in litigated claims.
Reviewed and drafted contracts, real estate purchase documents, and all other legal memoranda, averaging 175 contract documents per quarter calendar year.
Successfully closed on properties throughout nation with aggregate acreage exceeding 12,500 acres.
Lead counsel for construction program adding 30 million square feet of new retail space per year.
Provided counsel relative to oversight of three multibillion-dollar REITS.

LAW OFFICE OF [blocked], Stamford, CT & Washington, DCOctober 1994November 1999
Represented a variety of clients ranging from small to medium businesses to private individuals. Maintained an active general practice rendering clear answers and practical remedies for commercial law, zoning, construction
and real estate and real estate development, contracts, collections, family law, trusts and estates, wills, bankruptcy, and environmental compliance and abatement or remediation matters.
Worked on court appointed panels for juvenile and probate matters.
Handled various aspects of litigation, including discovery, negotiation, and mediation.

Instrumental in obtaining significant settlements or judgments on behalf of clients.
Representative clients included:
JAG Property Management, Inc. (property management/service contracts/counsel)
Thomas Costigan Excavating, LLC (excavating and grading contracts/negotiation/counsel)
WBF HVAC (contracts/counsel)

DUGAN COMPANY, LLP, Coronado, CA & Washington, DCOctober 1992September 1994
Consultant/General Counsel
Inspected real estate holding company property in California; Washington, DC; and Maryland held in REIT. Recommended sales or transfers of property in and out of REIT, created and implemented maintenance schedules, advised development executive and secured building permits, worked with local zoning board officials, and served as agent for company.
Drafted and enforced construction contracts, drafted leases, and conducted environmental due diligence.

Law Clerk
Specifically hired based on construction expertise to assist in defense of construction claims that arose from a $6-billion property improvement program that encompassed new construction and renovation of state owned property, including offices, schools, and prisons. Prepared memoranda, motions, requests for production, and briefs. Handled contract drafting and review.


RGS RANCH HOLDINGS, Land and livestock February 2006Present
Manage breeding and disposition of livestock, including competition horses and cattle, and sales of land holdings.

Captain (Ret.), May 1977December 2002
Served for more than 20 years, starting as enlisted soldier and finishing as commissioned infantry officer. Served in Major Area Commands in positions such as Brigade Chemical Officer, MAACOM Engineer Officer, Company Commander (4 Commands), Battalion Intelligence Officer, Psychological Operations Officer, Executive Officer, Special Operations Team Member, and, Training Officer.
Managed Infantry units typically consisting of 250 personnel, and served on operations staffs with oversight for training and management of units ranging from 1000 to 5000 soldiers.
Awards include: Army Achievement Medal (x3), Army Commendation Medal (x2), National Defense Service Ribbon (Operation Desert Storm/Shield), and Overseas Service Ribbon (Europe)

[blocked]CONSTRUCTION AND CONSULTING, Washington, DC & Charlottesville, VA
General Contractor / Construction Manager, December 1980August 1989
Designed and built small to medium commercial structures and homes (detached single family/multiple family, and small strip malls with anchor locations up to 80,000 square feet).


Juris Doctor THOMAS M. COOLEY SCHOOL OF LAW, Lansing, MI September 1992

Bachelor of Science JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, Harrisonburg, VA May 1988


American Bar Association (ABA); ABA Forum on the Construction Industry; ABA Litigation Section; ABA Young Lawyers Section; Connecticut Bar Association (CBA); CBA Construction Committee; Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association (The Regional Bar); Greenwich Bar Association; The Regional Bar Young Lawyers Committee; Co-Founder/Chairman: The Regional Bar Young Lawyers Mentoring Committee

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