School of Law
Michelle's prior experience includes 15 years in-house experience following 8 years in law firms. She lives in Westport, CT but represents clients throughout the country.
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015
Chief Legal Officer for strategic communications business. Advised executive management on all legal matters and managed commercial contracting, policy creation, compliance, litigation, employee matters and entity management. Implemented and oversaw processes throughout organization (e.g. HR, finance/accounting, IT and marketing). Created and managed registration of broker dealer subsidiary.
Vice President, Business Leader, Counsel
Jun 2008 - Jul 2013
Supported anti-fraud product groups, including hosted online authentication service and the hologram and chip business unit, as well as the Public Policy and Corporate Service divisions (comprised of Global Supply Management, Facilities, Real Estate, Corporate Security, Meeting Planning and Travel).
Océ Financial Services
Apr 2007 - May 2008
Supported all legal needs of captive finance company. Included negotiating, drafting and amending program agreements with operating companies and funding sources; preparing form financing agreements; supporting operating companies in creating financing products unique to their individual structures and providing general financing advice to the entire domestic Océ organization.
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Senior Corporate Counsel
Apr 2006 - Apr 2007
Supported State and Federal Government, Government Affairs and Mailing Divisions. Supported sales into the government and university sectors, including negotiating contracts; overseeing and preparing RFP responses; developing compliance manuals and training materials and drafting lobbying arrangements. Advised business units on marketing strategies.
Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation
Assistant General Counsel / Senior Division Counsel
Apr 2000 - Apr 2006
Counseled division in contemplated, sponsored spin-off, including preparation of public company compliance materials. Supported internal and external financing programs, including creating and negotiating program agreements and transaction documents; managing litigation and addressing customer complaints. Negotiated and prepared partnership agreements, organizational documents and form agreements.
Feb 1998 - Apr 2000
Represented public and private entities in corporate finance and project finance transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, venture capital and private equity investments, public debt financings and restructurings. Recruited summer associates and managed summer associate program.
Cummings & Lockwood
Aug 1995 - Jan 1998
Advised clients with respect to commercial transactions and negotiated and drafted related documentation, including stock purchase, asset purchase and merger agreements, employment and consulting agreements, private placement and public offering documents and organizational documents. Researched, prepared and filed compliance materials relating to securities and investment advisor regulations.
Silverman, Collura & Chernis
Aug 1993 - Aug 1995
Represented small cap companies in initial public offerings. Prepared disclosure documents and advised broker-dealers and issuers regarding Federal and State securities acts. Litigation experience included representation of clients in NASD arbitrations and commercial actions in Federal and State courts.