Firmwide Chair, Pro Bono Committee
Co-Chair, Diversity Outreach Subcommittee
I am a persuasive and resilient advocate with demonstrated litigation and trial success. Being an avid listener enables me to be creative in developing solutions and advocating passionately for my clients and teams. I take a strategic approach to each case driving my ability to manage complex matters. I effectively and efficiently create and execute litigation budgets which provides predictability and accountability for my clients. I am described as a user-friendly litigator and a savvy negotiator. I develop business-focused strategies to identify risk, structure budget conscious action plans to minimize exposure, and execute litigation strategy which provides predictability and accountability for my clients. I value and appreciate my unique team and have a genuine curiosity that enables me to adapt to the ever-changing litigation landscape.
My clients describe me as their go-to attorney in complex matters after things went terribly wrong. And, when litigation arises, I have wide-ranging litigation and first chair trial experience in a diverse menu of issues across broad subject matter areas and industries, including employment, intellectual property, class actions, securities fraud, structured finance disputes or the old faithful breach of complex commercial contract matters, where everyone claims to be right.
I am a trusted legal advisor because I understand my client’s corporate and political culture and listen to the needs of all stakeholders. I respect equally, which yields innovation and motivation to get results. I make my decisions driven by solid judgement, honor and conviction. This approach fosters a working climate of inclusion and cooperation and builds a sense of confidence that challenges can be met.
I take a fresh look at the status quo and provide clients with options, which include risk analysis and clear expectations in simple terms. I am fiercely competitive (when necessary) and have a bit of sass that keeps my team in good spirits. My leadership style is collaborative in nature. By being genuinely curious and valuing and listening to other opinions and points of views, I easily adapt to the challenges of litigation and develop the better the work product.
My leadership role at the firm includes Firmwide Chair of the Pro Bono Initiative and Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Subcommittee. As a leader, I listen, empathize, champion and act.
Outside my law practice, I help inner city children who need backpacks and school supplies for school and gift-wrap books for children who spend their holidays in domestic violence shelters in New Jersey. My passions are infectious and I rally my colleagues to join and support these efforts.
Investigations and Employment Practice
- Defeated plaintiff's motion for a temporary restraining order, motion for a preliminary injunction, and won a complete victory at trial in an action alleging claims sounding in breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, civil conspiracy, breach of the duty of loyalty, tortious interference, fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation involving a Fortune 500 company and global distributor of network and security solutions. The Bench Trial resulted in a dismissal of all claims, awarding zero damages.
- Secured a finding of No Probable Cause against a Fortune 500 company engaged in the retail and wholesale distribution of automotive parts in the aftermarket dismissing a complaint filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights alleging unlawful discriminatory practices relating to public accommodation because of a disability in violation of N.Y. Executive Law, Article 15 (Human Rights) demonstrating compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). ADA troll case with no merit dismissed.
- Obtained pre-answer dismissal of a civil claim against an entity defendant confirming it had not violated the New York City Administrative Code §10-177 (renumbered as §10-180) regarding an alleged intimate image disclosure matter (revenge pornography statute). The decision is the first in New York to opine on the Code in a civil context.
- Conducted risk analysis of FLSA and Pay Equity audits to determine exposure and strategy for multi-state and federal compliance.
- Defeated plaintiff’s request for a temporary restraining order with respect to alleged conversion of confidential information and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Obtained pre-answer dismissal of a former executive complaint for severance compensation based on novel theory and documentary evidence.
- Prepared voluntary disclosure of alleged OFAC violation for travel and advertising in Cuba and obtained a No Action letter.
- Successfully defended an employer against multiple claims of discrimination and retaliation.
- Investigated unemployment claims and defend employer designations before the Appeal Board, and revise executive compensation contract provisions.
- Counseled clients concerning confidentiality, non-compete and theft of trade secret clauses.
- Defeated attempt by counsel to rewrite language set forth in a retainer agreement and reach into the defendants pensions proceeds.
- Defeated motion for summary judgment regarding a retention agreement for professional services client.
- Conducted wage and hour investigation and advise on remedial measures.
- Conducted risk assessment of claims and exposure to suit based on employee misconduct.
- Advised corporate clients on preemptive strategy to avoid or defend against sexual harassment claims and companion criminal charges.
- Counseled non-profit client regarding board of directors' fiduciary duties, duty of loyalty and confidentiality.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing remaining class action claims sounding in statutory violation of New York Public Health Law §18, unjust enrichment and New York General Business Law §349 Ruzhinskaya v. HealthPort Techs., LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41960 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 14, 2018); Defeated a motion to certify a statewide class against healthcare records company as the class failed to meet the predominance requirement. 311 F.R.D. 87, 91 (S.D.N.Y. 2015); Sought and obtained a sanctions award for adversaries breach of its duty to preserve potentially relevant evidence in a class action. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156685 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 19, 2015).
- Pursued affirmative claims for a non-profit against software vendor for failure to perform resulting in a successfully mediated resolution.
- Defeated defendant's pre-answer attempt to dismiss client complaint by establishing a properly pled claim for violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Providence Pediatric Med. Daycare, Inc. v. Alaigh, 799 F. Supp. 2d 364 (D.N.J. 2011).
- Obtained dismissal of punitive damage claims and all claims against Ross Perot individually (affirmed by Robert Plan Corp. v. Perot Systems Corp., 278 A.D.2d 119, 718 N.Y.S.2d 50 (1st Dep't 2000).
- Represented a computer software vendor in unauthorized copying and use of health care software designed and licensed for use in the managed care industry.
- Secured pre-answer dismissal for multinational financial services client on failure to state a claim and barring any attempt to re-plead (affirmed Roberts v. IRS, 297 Fed. Appx. 63 (2d Cir. N.Y. 2008)).
- Summary judgment pursued and granted in judicial recognition of a foreign money judgment from Belgian with award of pre and post judgment interest DHL Aviation NV v. Global Delivery Sys. LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157932 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 23, 2015)
- Obtained denial of motion to dismiss having properly plead personal jurisdiction over defendants. National Westminster Bank PLC v. Retirement Care Assocs., Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5807 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 1999).
- Obtained favorable settlement for a leading developer of drug information databases, software and clinical information solutions against claims of trade secret misappropriation and fraud.
- Investigated a Japanese conglomerate in alleged copper trading manipulation of the LME copper market.
- Mediated a complex software license and maintenance service agreement.
- Enforced a multi-tiered software licensing and royalty agreement against developer.
- Obtained arbitration award enforcing a multi-tiered trade barter contract.
- Negotiated and drafted a term sheet for purchase of an Internet service provider subscriber assets.
- Represented lenders and other creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 reorganization and adversary proceedings.
Risk Management and Compliance
- Developed business-focused strategies for clients to identify risk, develop and execute cost-efficient/effective action plans.
- Advised corporate clients in cost-sensitive environment to obtain resolutions of complex controversies pre-litigation.
- Developed negotiation and settlement strategies to manage litigation and business risk.
- Devised e-discovery procedures, including preparation and implementation of collection protocols.
- Consulted and direct IT personnel and experts for hold procedures, data collection and preservation.
- Conducted risk assessment of claims and exposure to suit across a broad range of industries.
- Analyzed client internal document retention policy and draft new governing procedures.
- Revised corporate by-laws and review compliance issues.
Intellectual Property and Technology Practice
- Represented leading global distributor in a breach of contract, misappropriation and alleged misuse of trade secrets matter; successfully defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order and motion for a preliminary injunction.
- Represented one of the nation's largest companies in defending against a software licensing dispute to ensure the continued operation of enterprise essential software.
- Defended prominent telecommunications corporation against patent infringement claims to successful resolution pre-trial.
- Represented private company and individual director defendants in a cross border breach of contract involving sophisticated sports monitoring intellectual property technologies. Obtained pre-answer dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non convenience.
- Represented a leading logistics company in a copyright infringement and breach of contact case. Formulated an effective mediation strategy and secured dismissal pre-answer.
- Represented a global entertainment company in securing its licensing in Europe of a classic film library to successful settlement.
- Secured an injunction for a medical device manufacturer for trade dress violations, compelling discontinuance of counterfeit products.
- Represented a trademark owner in cybersquatting, unfair business practices and defamation case.
- Compelled an infringer to cease use of trademark and turnover domain name.
- Defeated defendant’s attempt to secure pre-answer dismissal having properly plead viable copyright claims as to registered works, intentional deception of consumers, unfair competition and misappropriation. Capitol Records, Inc. v. Wings Digital Corp., 218 F. Supp. 2d 280, 286 (E.D.N.Y. 2002).
- Defeated defendants' attempt to dismiss (successfully pleading subject matter jurisdiction) and their alternative theories seeking a stay or to transfer case to California. Arista Records, Inc. v. Launch Media, Inc., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1224 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 24, 2002).
Financial Products Litigation
- Represented senior executive before the SEC and DOJ involving alleged violation of Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 ( FIRREA).
- Represented Trustee in multi-billion dollar claims against issuer for breach of representation and warranties of RMBS.
- Represented former Certificate holder against claims by Servicer for unjust enrichment.
- Represented special servicers of securitized commercial mortgages in recovery of assets.
- Represented Administrative Agent in negotiated resolution of alleged breach of fiduciary duties.
- Obtained affirmance of dismissal with no leave to amend a pro se complaint for failure to state a federal claim for breach of contract. Walzer v. Muriel Siebert & Co., 447 Fed. Appx. 377, 383 (3d Cir. N.J. 2011).
- Prevailed on a pre-answer motion in dismissing aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty and equitable subordination claims on judicial estoppel grounds. Adelphia Recovery Trust v. Key Bank Nat'l Ass'n, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69954 (W.D.N.Y. May 18, 2012).
- Obtained dismissal of claims against chief financial officer of alleged securities fraud and failure to disclose customs violations under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) demonstrating the failure to meet the heightened scienter pleading requirements. Rahman v. Kid Brands, Inc., 736 F.3d 237 (3d Cir. N.J. 2013).
- “NYSDOL Issues Guidance Regarding New York COVID-19 Vaccine Leave Requirements,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, March 2021
- “Murphy’s Law – Literally,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, October 2020
- "Complying With NJ's New Workplace Virus Safety Protocols," Law360, November 3, 2020
- “Zoombombing, Sexting and Revenge Porn, Oh My!” The New York Law Journal, June 2020
- "A New Confusing Patchwork of Statutes of Limitations," Law360, April 2020
- “Statutes of Limitations Are Moving Targets During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, April 2020
- “New York State Enacts Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Quarantines, Lowers Percentage of Employees Allowed Onsite,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, March 2020
- “New York Changes the Landscape of State Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Litigation,” Thompson Hine Labor & Employment @lert, August 2019
- Panelist, “All Lawyers Are Created Equal But Not Treated Equal,” Association of Corporation Counsel – New Jersey 18th Annual Conference, September 2020
- Panelist, “How to Stay Connected with Clients and Colleagues in the Current Environment,” Law Strategy Corp/South Asian Bar Association - New Jersey, July 2020
- Presenter, "Are You Unconscious? How Implicit Bias Is Creeping into Your Organization," Thompson Hine Client Event, June 2019
- Presenter, "When #MeToo Knocks on the Family Office Door, Who Will You Call?”, New York State Society of CPA’s, Family Office Committee, January 2019
- Presenter, "Does #MeToo Include You, Too?," Thompson Hine Client Event, March 2018
- Panelist, “The Ethical Dilemma C Suite vs. in-House Counsel: Who is Really in Charge?”, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s 15th Annual CLE Conference, September 2017
- Panelist, “Tight Budgets and Tough Choices: Poverty, Decisions, and Why Legal Help Matters”, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s 14th Annual CLE Conference, September 2016
- Panelist, “Protecting Your Business In the Age of Consumer Protection,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s 13th Annual CLE Conference, September 2015
- Panelist, “Complying with legal ethics in the age of social media,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s 12th Annual CLE Conference, September 2014
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 2018 to 2021
- Recipient of Community Service Award for dedication and service to the community, presented by the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, November 2008 and 2011
- Recipient of the Thompson Hine LLP BizLit Pro Bono Award 2015
- Accredited Representative, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Member, Women in Excellence (WEN), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing its collective power to positively impact women of excellence in the legal profession with a specific focus on financial and professional independence.
- I have initiated new and expanded existing strategic partnerships with local and national organizations and their respective constituencies to advance the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative's objectives. I continue to develop program opportunities; execute diversity, charitable and community outreach projects that touch local communities and beyond.
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