A dynamic and disciplined attorney with cross-functional expertise in housing and property management, advocacy, and legal education. Established capabilities in real estate law, fair housing compliance, environmental liability and compliance, risk analysis, and litigation management. A results-driven and adaptable leader who follows best practices to optimize performance and secure close relationships with clients to fulfill company goals. A dedicated and forward-thinking top performer with an unwavering commitment to excellence.
FOREST CITY RESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT, INC., Cleveland, Ohio
Managing Counsel, Residential Management, 2012-2015
Assistant General Counsel, 2006-2012
Corporate Counsel, Housing and Regulatory Compliance, 2003-2006
Manager of Housing & Regulatory Compliance, 2002-2003
Housing & Regulatory Compliance Trainer, 1998-2002
Provided comprehensive counsel and ensured compliance for housing and property management issues. Represented corporation and provided legal advocacy before administrative agencies and courts. Researched and resolved issues related to fair housing and federal housing programs as well as landlord and tenant matters. Built strong working relationships with HUD representatives and multiple state agencies, including winning HUD complaints based upon HUD using research letter and other favorable comments. Provided training to employees on all related topics, including fair housing and all relevant legal issues.
- Resolved HUD compliance and LIHTC issues on site at company-managed housing communities.
- Wrote and implemented leases, instructional memoranda, employee directives, and resident selection plans and admission standards, as well as housing policies and procedures for conventional, HUD-assisted, senior, and privatized military housing.
- Created best practices for environmental issues, including lead-based paint, fungal growth, bed bugs, and indoor air quality for environmental compliance.
- Worked directly with outside defense counsel on three threatened class action lawsuits (two in federal court and one in state court) filed by former tenants.
THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, Akron, Ohio
B.A., Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude, 1984
- Ohio State Bar Association, 2016
- Athena International Akron, Ohio chapter 2015-2016
- National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials 2015-2016
- National Association of Women Lawyers 2015-2016
- Lawyers Guild of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, 2014-2016
- Akron Bar Association, 2014-2016
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013-2016
- National Apartment Association Privatized Military Housing Committee, 2013-2015
- Association of Corporate Counsel, NE Ohio Chapter, 2006-2016
- National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2000-2016
- Ohio Women’s Bar Association Trustee at Large, 2001-2003
- Fair Housing Contact Services, President of Board of Trustees, Board Member and committee memberships, Akron, Ohio, 1998-2003
- Council for Responsible Genetics, Human Genetics Committee, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993-2000
- Western Reserve Legal Services, Board of Trustees, Akron, Ohio, 1997-1998
- Jefferson Community College, Health Information Management Advisory Committee, 1995-1997
- Great Lakes Area Regional Genetics Group, Legal and Ethical Issues Committee, 1995-1997
- Ohio General Assembly Task Force on Genetic Testing in Health Insurance, 1994-1995
- Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Judicial Conference, OSBA Bench Bar Conference, 1994
- Ohioans for Genetic Fairness, 1993-1994
- Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Vice Chair of National Advocacy Committee, 1992-1993
- Well Spouse Foundation Advocacy Chair, 1991-1992
- Units (National Apartment Association), “10 Things to Do To Avoid Fair Housing Noncompliance”
- Coping, Volume 7, No. 6 “Genetics: The New Frontier for Insurance Discrimination”
- Employment Law Counselor, No. 29 “The Bona Fide Executive Exemption under the ADEA”
- Employment Law Counselor, No. 30 “The Meaning of Willfulness under the ADEA after TWA v. Thurston”
- Health Span, Volume 9, No. 8-1 “Genetic Discrimination by Insurers”
- Ohio Trial, Volume 3, No. 27 “Ohio Taxpayers Cannot Allow Genetic Discrimination