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Curriculum Vitae

Accomplished leader poised to effectively develop and execute strategies that accomplish significant financial growth for an emerging technologies organization. History of successfully overseeing all financial, intellectual property, legal, and strategic development initiatives for multiple organizations in diverse industries. Successfully co-founded and / or contributed to 20+ start-up companies. Adept at driving business development, directing M&A activities, and building leading dedicated, high-performance teams. Corporate litigator with proven ability to resolve complex commercial matters in New York State Supreme, Federal, and Appellate courts. Recognized by colleagues and clients as analytical, resourceful problem-solver with exceptional relationship-building, collaboration, and communication skills.

Selected Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning & Development | Business Development | Financial Management | Team Building & Leadership | Conflict Resolution | M&A | Capitalization | IP Development | Policy & Procedure Implementation | Client Consultation | Negotiation

Professional Experience

VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS – Various Locations 2008 – 2023

Strategic Advisor /  Chief Business Officer / Chief Visionary Officer

  • Oversaw legal, financial, intellectual property, and strategic development initiatives in select capacities for the following clients, including but not limited to: Alpha One Labs, Triumvir Technologies, United Space Structures, Inc., Space Initiatives, Inc., Orbital Assembly Corp., Emrals Inc., Food by Print, D-SHAPE Ltd., United Frontiers, and Immortal Data, Inc. 

 

Key Accomplishments:

  • Developed a comprehensive capitalization strategy and raised $2M+ on a popular retail investment website.

  • Contributed to the strategic development of a commercial space company for capitalization through Air-Force AFWerx.

  • Led the strategic development initiative for a prestigious non-profit’s business development plan, which increased their membership 10x.

  • Negotiated the capital structure and asset purchase deal for the delivery of the world’s largest concrete construction 3D printer from Italy to the United States for an architectural firm in New York.

  • Led regulatory counsel in securing commercial space-port licenses for multiple domestic launch locations.

  • Co-Authored the Cryptocurrency Protocol Protection and Moratorium Act. H.R. 5777. ( 113th)( 2014).

 

SACCO FILLAS, LLP – Astoria, NY 2018 – Present

Associate, Complex Commercial Litigation Department

Represent plaintiffs and defendants in complex, multi-million-dollar corporate transactional and NY Supreme commercial litigation matters.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Secured a $2.5M arbitration award in a dispute regarding a New York diamond dealer’s breach of business sale contract.

  • Defended a commercial lease tenant in a landlord non-payment action, which resulted in a reduction of $1.2M+ of legal exposure.

  • Represented a tax practice in a dispute over an AAA business sale, which resulted in the reduction of $1M+ of legal exposure.

  • Defended a multi-million-dollar construction company in litigation defense in multiple lawsuits regarding sub-contractor breach of contract and mechanics lien matters, which resulted in a dismissal.

  • Resolved premier NYC restaurant partnership dispute on the verge of litigation; memorialized the agreement and relationship in writing and successfully negotiated a stock purchase agreement.

  • Represented construction firm in adversarial mechanics lien litigation; assisted with dismissing two liens against client.

  • Settled commercial tenant insurance policy lawsuit relating to premises liability issues in the post-pleadings and post-discovery stage; negotiated a premium settlement for client above expectations and resolved five years of ongoing litigation.

  • Negotiated the settlement of an insurance claim related to alleged employee negligence.

  • Resolved construction litigation related to subcontractor schedule and fixture characterization and damages liability; resolved pre-trial following depositions exposing subcontractor weaknesses.

ANDERSON & ANDERSON LLP – New York, NY 2016 – 2018

Associate

Helped resolve issues regarding commercial real estate transactions, general business litigation, and contract drafting. As junior litigator, specialized in real estate, business litigation and financial law due diligence. Undertook appearances, conducted legal research, drafted motion practices, argued dispositive motions, attended status and compliance conferences, and conducted discovery, intake, legal research, and form drafting for small business and boutique clients.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Successfully represented a luxury upscale retail cosmetics store through referred law firm partnership for renegotiating a multi-year lease and settlement of rental arrears.

  • Effectively represented client though referred law firm partnership for the purchase and sale of a commercial New York restaurant; undertook review of terms, closing statements, and attended closing.

  • Negotiated midtown commercial real-estate lease for 3,000+ sq. ft. luxury handbag and apparel store on behalf of lease; also negotiated Manhattan restaurant commercial lease on behalf of lease.

  • Brought commercial consumer automotive debtor dispute to NY Civil bench trial.

  • Conducted motion practice drafting and legal research for client in civil tortuous interference in contractual relations case against a large foreign energy company. 

INTERCOIN – New York, NY 2018

Strategic Advisor

Provided advice on law, policy, and business development to company that coordinated, developed, and curated commercialization of blockchain related technologies.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Prepared Private Placement Memorandum which led to successful funding round initiative in excess of $1M.

DEEP SPACE INDUSTRIES – Mountain View, CA 2013 – 2018

Cofounder 

Co-founded a commercial space company developing asteroid mining technology including ion microwave propulsion engines. Contributed to legal, financial, intellectual property, and strategic development initiatives. 

Key Accomplishments:

  • Company acquired by Bradford Space in January 2018.


 

Previous Tenures Include: NYLS Financial Law Services Legal Extern at Caldalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP and at Nomura Global Financial Productions, both in New York, NY

Education 

Juris Doctor - New York Law School, New York, NY  

Activities: Business and Financial Law Center Associate  

Bachelor of Arts - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 

Awards

Nominee for 2017 NYSBA Young Lawyer Award | Martindale-Hubbell Gold Client Champion, 2017 - 2020 | Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2021 Business and Corporate Law Award | Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2022 Business and Corporate Law Award | 2018 -2023 American Registry Client Champion Gold Award | 2023 American Registry America’s Most Honored Lawyers Award

Memberships

NYCBA UN Committee Member | Executive Board Member At-Large, UN Association | NYS Bar Association Member, 2017 | Academic Lawline CLE Lecturer, 2019 | Academic Lecturer at Adelphi University | Brooklyn Bar Association CLE Lecturer on Digital Currency | NYCLA CLE Lecturer 2018 | NY Real-Estate Brokers License | N.Y. Bar Admission, 2017 | Southern District, N.Y. Admission 2019 | Eastern District, N.Y. Admission, 2020

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