Counselors to America's Small Business
Extensive experience with family owned business as general manager in following industries:
-food (retail, convenience, manufacturing)
<p> J.D. University of Michigan</p> <p> B.A. (History) Dartmouth College</p>
I have extensive experience in all aspects of finance and banking relationships, as well as in business acquisitions and sales, and in crafting business plans. I am also very knowledgeable in accounting. I was a chief financial officer of a public company for 11 years, an investment banker for 15 years, and also practiced commercial law for 5 years. I have been an investor in small businesses and am familiar with the issues frequently arising in creating businesses and managing growth. I have also advised non-profit entities and businesses seeking to provide services to non-profits.
I was an associate attorney with Kelley Drye & Warren, a New York City based law firm, from 1977 to 1982, including one year in Tokyo, Japan. I was involved in the general commercial practice, including banking, finance, real estate finance, corporate acquisitions and advising non-profit entities.
I was an Investment banker with Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., an international money management and investment banking firm, from 1982 to 1995. During this time, I concentrated in real estate finance, including hospitality and senior housing assets, as well as private equity investments and corporate acquisitions.
I was the Chief Financial Officer and a member of Board of Directors of Six Flags, Inc. and predecessor entities, from 1995 to 2006. I was a key participant in the growth of the company from a private enterprise with three assets to a publicly owned company with assets throughout United States and Europe. I was responsible for all financial activities, including bank and other financings and relationships, budgeting, planning, and accounting, as well as other matters such as insurance and human resources.
I have been a private investor since 2006, investing in small to medium sized businesses seeking growth capital.
I have also served as director of two other public companies and two private enterprises, and as advisor to several start-up companies.
Undergraduate: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Arts. Graduated in 1974 with highest honors. Member of Phi Beta Kappa
Graduate: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Juris Doctor. Graduated in 1977 with honors.
• Moffatt & Moffatt, PLLC – Boone, North Carolina – September 2010 to Present-Attorney-Member • Kathryn S. Drake, Attorney at Law – Wake Forest, North Carolina – January 2009 through April 2010-Law Clerk • Michael K. Perry, Attorney at Law – Wake Forest, North Carolina – January 2010 through April 2010-Law Clerk • Malcolm E. Harris, Attorney at Law – Wake Forest, North Carolina – May 2009 through April 2010-Law Clerk
• Juris Doctorate – Elon University School of Law – May 2010 • Bachelors of Science – Major in Political Science – North Carolina State University – December 2006</p>
For 35 years I have practiced law. My practice coveres the whole range of labor and employee relations law, from traditional National Labor Relations Board work to gender, racial, religious, age and disability discrimination and harassment litigation. I also spend a significant amount of my time handling claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. I have tried numerous employment related cases in the state courts of Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, California and Arizona. I also tried to verdict both class and individual employment discrimination cases in the federal courts of Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, California, Kansas, New York and Nevada, among others. I won the vast majority of cases that I tried. Some of my significant victories included a wage and hour class in which the plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $200 million dollars, defeating a class action in a gender discrimination lawsuit where the plaintiffs sought over $65 million and an individual gender discrimination claim in which the plaintiff sought $12 million in damages.
I have also worked with various clients in designing and implementing, employee handbooks, pay programs, performance evaluation programs, job classifications, affirmative action plans, diversity initiatives, and minority and female outreach programs that are consistent with federal guidelines. I have also worked with various clients to insure compliance with state and federal guidelines concerning whether employees should be paid as hourly or salaried.
I have also spent considerable time drafting and litigating employment agreements which include non compete agreements that seek to protect trade secrets or unfair competition by former employees.
I have also presented numerous seminars and training modules on wage and hour issues, anti-harassment, diversity and inclusion to both clients and industry groups. In addition to an active practice, for five years I was an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Graduatge School of Business where I taught employment law to MBA candidates.
Cornell Law School J.D. 1977</p>
University of Wisconsin B.A. 1974</p>
Doctor of Philosophy - Religion (current)&lt;/p&gt;
Doctor of Christian Studies, ULC Seminary&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Healthcare Administration&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Business Administration&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Education (C)&lt;/p&gt;
Bachelor of Science - Human Services Psychology/Sociology)&lt;/p&gt;
Production Supervisor, Safety Engineer, Employment Manager for Procter & Gamble. Personnel Administrator, Manager of Labor Relations for the Bendix Corporation. Adjunct Instructor, at several Baltimore area colleges. Professor of Management at the Community College of Baltimore County.. Arbitrator for the Baltimore Better Business Bureau and the American Arbitration Association.
Intests: Mentoring, Leadership, Recruiting, Workshop Instructor, Volunteer Development, Training
Public accounting - Audit - 1968-1976, Ernst & Young. Publicly and privately held clients with annual revenues of $10MM to $1B+
Top Accounting and Financial positions in the following industries 1976 - 2012:
Skills & Experience:
B.S. in Accounting - Northern Illinois University - 1968</li>
Illinois Certified Public Accountant - 1970</li>
Graduate studies - Northern Illinois University 1979-1980.</li>
Multiple annual education seminars.</li>
I have started businesses for myself and for my clients in the legal field, retail (stationary sales, clothing sales) and consulting (party planning). During my years in practice i represented clients that purchased and sold businesses, large and small, and I helped entrepreneurs acquire franchises in many fields. As an attorney and the owner of a number of business, I have helped many with closing loans and preparing packages to present to loan officers and reviewing the loan documents for the items relevant to different businesses. I have knowledge of real estate transactions, corporate structure and compliance issues. I also teach leadership training, conflict resolution and team building for non-profit organizations.