International lawyer with over 20 years experience with leading international law firms in the areas of corporate and commercial law and cross border legal issues including international transactions, project development, complex litigation and commercial arbitration and international cross-jurisdictional planning, estate, trust and corporate structuring.
- Member of the State Bar of California since 1994
- Member of the Geneva Bar - L’Ordre des avocats de Genève (SABE)
Senior Attorney with GTLaw ® since 2008
Senior Lawyer / Manager (2007 to 2008)
Amas Trust Services SA, Geneva, Switzerland - Senior Manager and lawyer responsible for legal, trust and global wealth structuring issues; including work relating to international acquisitions, regulatory, compliance litigation and banking law.
Attorney (1999 to 2006)
Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva, Switzerland - Attorney in leading Swiss law firm advising private clients on multi-jurisdictional structuring and estate and tax planning matters including the formation and management of trusts, foundations and holding companies in European and “low-tax” jurisdictions as well as international commercial and corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies.
Attorney (1997 to 1999)
Baker & McKenzie, Almaty, Kazakhstan – Attorney advising Western clients investing in Kazakhstan and Central Asia on large infrastructure projects, primarily in the electricity and oil & gas sectors, international transactions, commercial and corporate matters and the structuring of Kazakh joint ventures and international holding structures.
Rule of Law Liaison (1996 to 1997)
American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI/ABA Rule of Law Initiative), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan- Country Manager responsible for coordinating and managing rule of law related activities in Krygyzstan, including the identification, development and implementation of technical assistance projects in partnership with Kyrgyzstan’s legal community and government representatives, interactive training workshops, public hearings on draft legislation and analysis & commentary on draft laws.
Attorney (1995 to 1996)
Franck & Franck, San Francisco, California - Partner in a law firm specializing in agro-business development projects and tenders for U.S. and German juice bottling clients in Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary and Poland and U.S. civil and commercial litigation including all phases of trial and appellate cases involving business and partnership disputes, real estate and civil rights.
Paralegal/Law Clerk (1991 – 1994)
Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, San Francisco, California - Assisted in all phases of complex litigation and labor cases including; discovery, investigations, research, trial preparation and trial assistance.
Paralegal (1989- 1991)
Nossaman LLP (Formerly, Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliot), San Francisco, California
Assisted in complex large-scale insurance coverage related litigation, primarily on The Flintkote Company v. American Mutual Insurance Co., et al.
LL.M in International Legal Studies, 1996
Golden Gate University School of Law – San Francisco, California
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law – Krakow, Poland Central & Eastern European Business & Trade Law Summer Program, 1995
Juris Doctor, 1993
San Francisco Law School – San Francisco, California
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Sociology, 1986
Denison University – Granville, Ohio
Loyola University Rome Center – Rome, Italy
Fall Semester, 1984
Nationalities – Switzerland, U.S.A. and France