Senior Litigation Counsel, Novelis Corporation (2005-2010)
Represented Novelis Corporation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a wide-variety of litigtion and claims, predominantly environmental matters related to Superfund legacy liabilities. Achieved significant insurance recoveries for environmental and product liability claims. Defense of personal injury claims. Defended numerous adversary actions in bankruptcy and negotiated the sale of unsecured bankruptcy claims. Defense of EEOC claims and other employment matters. Drafted numerous transportation logistics agreements and other commercial agreements. Key member of an active in-house litigation team.
Private Legal Practice, Business Management, Consulting (1992 – 2005)
Provided legal and consulting services to Alcan Aluminum Corporation and Eaton Corporation. Consulting attorney assisting Alcan’s leading in-house litigation team in the defense of Superfund cases in district court and appellate court proceedings. Managed and supported due diligence projects in major acquisitions and divestitures. (1997-2005) Managed the development and implementation for a database solution for Eaton Corporation for the management of environmental liability reporting. (2001-2005)
Representation and practice in the areas of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation. Defense of clients under investigation by state or federal enforcement officials. Retained by the State of Virginia to conduct an internal investigation of misconduct relating to government contracts and grants. Retained as an expert on Federal Trade Commission jurisprudence and procedure. Co-founded and managed a pioneering internet access company in North East Ohio. (1992-1997)
Director, Cleveland Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission (1988 – 1992)
Managed a 21 person staff of attorneys, economists and investigators in wide-ranging investigations and civil prosecutions for unfair methods of competition and other violations of Federal antitrust statutes. Investigation and civil prosecutions of unfair and deceptive acts and practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act and for violations of other consumer protection statutes and regulations. Failure to substantiate claims in food and nutrition advertising by major consumer product companies were a major focus of enforcement actions. Prepared policy comments and testimony for a variety of state legislative committees and state administrative boards.
Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, West Virginia (1986 – 1988)
Managed attorney and investigative staff in the civil prosecution of violations of state antitrust and unfair trade practice laws. Investigation and litigation of antitrust violations in the areas of health care, insurance, wholesale gasoline trade and others. Initiation, development and supervision of the Attorney General’s program of taxpayer rate advocacy in the areas of insurance rates, health care costs, and utility rates.
Responsible for the Attorney General’s issue initiatives and public policy advocacy before the United States Senate and House of Representatives and other legislative bodies. Coordination of special media and political activities. Speech writing for the Attorney General.
Senior Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, West Virginia (1985 – 1986)
Managed and supervised attorney and investigative staff in the civil prosecution of violations of state consumer protection laws. General civil litigation in the enforcement of consumer protection statutes and specific intervention in administrative proceedings to oppose excessive insurance rate requests. Extensive reorganization of division to improve efficiency and to meet management objectives. Development of legislation and policy for the Attorney General.
Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Ohio (1983 – 1985)
Investigation and civil litigation on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General in the enforcement of consumer protection statutes. Drafted Ohio Administrative Code provisions regulating the sale of alcohol-blend motor fuels. Responsible for significant litigation under the Ohio Business Opportunity Act. Other litigation relating to odometer rollback violations and fraudulent beef sales.
Special Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Ohio (1981 – 1983)
Civil litigation on behalf of departments and agencies of the United States government in the areas of torts, contracts, real property, civil rights, equal employment and administrative law. Civil litigation on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service in the enforcement of tax code provisions relating to document production, liens, and asset seizures. Appellate practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Juris Doctor Degree, 1979
University of Toledo College of Law
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Government, 1976
University of Maryland
Admitted to the courts of Ohio and West Virginia. Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, the Northern District of New York, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the Southern District of West Virginia. Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit.