I have many
years of experience as an attorney and in senior management positions in leading-edge technology and media companies, including
significant experience in Japan and Europe.
I have served as in-house
counsel for award-winning software, computer graphics, and digital special effects companies, and am currently General
Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Glovia International, Inc., a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd., one of the world's largest IT companies.
Glovia publishes the Glovia extended ERP suite of integrated software modules, as an On-Premises, On Demand or SaaS solution to enable global
manufacturers to efficiently manage core manufacturing functions, including Product Management, Customer Relationship Management
(CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Management, Manufacturing, Financials, Projects, Business Intelligence and
Collaboration & Integration.
I am a member of Glovia's senior executive team, with primary responsibility for the company's worldwide legal
affairs, including advising Senior Management and the Board of Directors, managing complex commercial and employment litigation
in multiple jurisdictions, supervising and developing policies and procedures. I am the Chair of the Board's Compliance
Committee, monitoring Glovia's business practices worldwide.
While at USC law school,
I worked in the Housing Unit at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, primarily on eviction defense and challenges to mis-use of millions of dollars of Community Development Block Grants by
the City of Los Angeles.
After graduation, I worked for the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. in Salisbury, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, representing low-income tenants, primarily in eviction defense and
habitability claims. Then I joined San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services (now Neighborhood Legal Services - LA), where I continued representing low-income tenants and advising tenant associations. But after Ronald Reagan's election,
funds for Legal Services were cut dramatically, and I left Legal Aid for the private sector, becoming a litigator at Irwin & Rowan, a small entertainment law firm in Century City, representing clients such as Ken Kragen, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Gilda
Radner, Richard Burton, Bernie Brillstein, Pee Wee Herman and other well-known entertainment figures of the time. But the
take-no-prisoners attitude of early 80's litigation wasn't attractive to me (this was before the rise of Alternative
Dispute Resolution - ADR), so I combined my legal, business and film backgrounds and worked in production and in management
in a number of computer graphics, special effects and live action film and video production companies until I joined Glovia.
Along the way, I
was actively involved with Special Education law for many years, successfully handling Due Process claims before the California Special Education Hearing Office, and advising parents of children with a variety of learning disabilities. I was a member of the Board of Trustees of Bridges Academy, Inc., a remarkable independent college prep school for "twice exceptional" students in Sherman
Oaks, CA, serving as Vice Chair for two years and then as Chair of the Board for two more years, playing a principal role
in achieving full WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation, provisional CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) membership, and converting the school from a sole proprietorship to a §501(c)(3) non-profit corporation led by a professional Board of Trustees. I led the revision
of school’s governance structures and financial procedures and helped gain recognition of the school as an alternative
placement for gifted and highly gifted students with special needs by the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles
Unified School District.
My skills include:
- Business Planning and Transactions
- Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing
- Employment Law
- Immigration Law
- Compliance (FCPA, UK Bribery Act, etc.)
- Equestrian Law
- Special Education Law
I am licensed to practice law in California and New York, and I am admitted
to practice in the Federal Courts of the Central District of California and the District of Maryland.