Skilled negotiator, team-builder, and analyst
Accomplished public policy developer and tactical strategist
Expert communicator of key business issues before legislators and industry associations
Broad experience in building strategies for lessening or avoiding governmental regulations
Telecommunications Legal Counsel
Negotiate, draft and finalize franchise/license documents with local governments, in support of area-wide local service and long-distance construction projects; advocate corporate positions before government regulators at state and local levels; negotiate customer-driven network expansion sites.
Identify legal restrictions hampering competition and provide counsel to cross-business unit teams in developing communication for state PUC/PSCs and local units of government; monitor and negotiate the development of Ordinances of General Application among municipalities through the U.S.
Initiate industry partner coalitions to develop common principles of regulatory strategy; negotiate with Municipal Leagues, Chambers of Commerce, industry groups and state legislatures to initiate, draft, and support favorable Right-of-Way legislation; participate in industry groups to develop uniform policies regarding franchise issues; participate in state Communications Task Forces to develop statewide rules and regulations for the telecommunications industry in Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin.
Restoration and Upgrade Activities:
Evaluate relocation issues and determine reimbursement rights and the need for a grant of alternate Right-of-Way (ROW); Negotiate, draft and finalize reimbursement agreements and grants of alternate ROW;
Coordinate the following: (1) relocation with multiple carriers and multiple entities; (2) efforts of outside counsel, R&U, network operations, and engineering; (3) major function groups on the collection of fiber cuts data and evidence; (4) OSP Services on demands and collection for reimbursements of relocations of systems;
Provide training and form development; Cover the southeast region of the U.S. (one-third of the country).
Other Legal Experience
Trial Lawyer and Real Estate Attorney
complex commercial and business litigation
real estate litigation
commercial real estate law
contract negotiation and administration
First Chair experience with individual, corporation, and bankruptcy litigation practice in federal and state courts
coordinated and developed litigation strategy
Assisted in administration and operation of law firms
prepared case files for trial from interview through trial
assisted experienced or inexperienced lawyers with trial preparation and argument
taught legal principles and legal terminology in post-secondary school in Dallas.