HEAD OF LAW, SECURITY & CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Executive with over 15 years experience in legal counseling, enterprise leadership, and program management for organizations conducting foreign policy involving intelligence professionals, analysts, legal advisors, policy experts and support specialists. Synchronized and managed the execution of U.S. and EU government overseas justice and security missions focusing on countering insider threats, risk management, change management and legislation influencing operations. Driven to create winning teams and high performing organizations by optimizing and unlocking their latent talent.
DELIVERING INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT & DIRECTING a LAW PRACTICE
INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY & LAW PRACTICE, BOSTON, MA
SENIOR COUNSEL & RISK/CRISIS CONSULTANT
Owner and operator of successful international consultancy and law firm specializing in regulatory compliance and tax defense, tort and general litigation matters, as well as business and real estate transactions and contract law.
Monitor and research global political and economic issues that have potential implications for business operating environments and security landscapes around the globe and especially in MENA.
Contributed and developed knowledge on Middle-East geopolitical risk and current affairs through research and detailed studies. Disseminated information on important topics through drafting of critical analysis papers to help institutions identify, assess and manage risks and uncertainties, affected by internal and external events or scenarios, that could inhibit an organizations ability to achieve its strategy and strategic objectives with the ultimate goal of creating and protecting shareholder and stakeholder value. Fostered business relationships to build strong professional networks facilitating development of business leads.
Law Practice, Boston, MA
Government Consultant / Private Practice Lawyer
Served legal clients as senior counsel covering regulatory compliance, tax, business, real estate transactions, and contract law. Promoted client interests during legal proceedings including analysis of case merits, risk mitigation, and negotiation of positive resolutions. Counseled governments, companies, and private individuals on navigation through complex legal issues. Enhanced company performance through identification of efficiency gaps and creation of innovative solutions and employee training to mitigate crisis and improve results. Led organizational change managing development and implementation of policy changes and updates.
SENIOR JURIST EXPERT - GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Iraq
Provide consulting services to Iraqi Government on behalf of EU Commission:
Engaged to strengthen efficiency & credibility of Iraqs criminal justice system and enhance the rule of law to mitigate the damages caused by war crisis.
Engage top decision-makers to provide Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), including the Shura Council and Baghdad Rule of Law Committee, for policy planning and implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) priorities.
Review the policy framework, the NAP and other relevant national and international commitments and identify gaps in implementation capacity.
Worked with key officials of the Ministry of Interior, National Security Council, Ministry of Justice and its Shura Council, Higher Judicial Council and Ministry of Planning & Development to:
" Ensure Iraqi justice, counterterrorism and internal security authorities have improved capacity in policy
planning and coordination, law enforcement & revision strengthening compliance with internal & international commitments
" Support MOJ, MOI, and HJC in setting policy objectives and designing measurable time-bound action plans
" Support and develop capacity of Prime Ministers Offices of Intelligence and Counterterrorism Service in
strategic planning, technical & administrative capacities, information systems, electronic archiving and legislative drafting
" Organize trilateral conflict resolution committee and act as mediator between HJC and MOI police leadership to resolve a crippling impasse preventing proper investigations of criminal and terrorist cases
" Provide technical assistance and mentoring to investigative branch of Central Criminal Court of Iraq work with Head of Investigations to develop capacity to combat terrorist cyber-recruitment & money laundering
Provide services to EU Government:
Reported directly to the EU Ambassador in Baghdad on issues relating to Iraqs compliance with its international commitments to UN conventions. Provided legal counsel to EU Ambassador as follows:
" Handled complaints from individual European governments lodged with EU Ambassador regarding torture of their captured terrorist citizens.
" Provided legal analysis on what constitutes terrorism; whether captured individuals are unlawful combatants or lawful combatants entitled to Geneva Convention protections and whether GOI security forces are complying with their anti-torture commitments and their own laws.
" Provided advise and counsel to discourage EU Ambassador from supporting opposition parliament members request to dismiss the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iraq from his two other lawfully held positions. Highlighted the doctrine of separation of Powers requiring independence of the Judiciary and cautioned that issue may violate the policy of non-interference in internal politics of Iraq.
" Called EU Commissions attention to statutory flaws allowing wholesale convictions of individuals as terrorists to capital punishment without distinction in degrees and levels of culpability or involvement in the act of terrorism.
U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE
JUSTICE ADVISOR PAE Government Services, AFGHANISTAN
Rendered hands-on management and assistance to support Afghan justice professionals in establishing an effective and efficient justice system. Provided legal education, training, and advisory services to primary justice institutions including the Criminal Investigation Dept. of Afghan National Police. Performed detailed follow-up with Quick Impact Project executing strategic initiatives to meet critical needs of local justice sector.
ª Major contributor to successful organizational transformation implementing modernization techniques & change management processes to Afghan legal system while acknowledging constitutional centrality of Islamic Law
ª Pioneered and established efficient justice system by training & empowering Afghan justice officials
Discussed and successfully resolved issues and problems for the local justice system by organizing provincial conferences where justice sector officials from the entire province were invited to meet with national justice officials of the Supreme Court, the Attorney Generals Office, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Justice.
U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE - US EMBASSY, BAGHDAD (TORRES AES)
SENIOR ADVISOR LEGISLATIVE STRENGTHENING & RULE of LAW, IRAQ
Rule of law and legal subject matter expert providing organizational and capacity development assistance in coordination of Iraqi democratization, governance and legislative efforts. Instilled and institutionalized democratic and constitutionally compatible philosophies, values, principles and legislative methodologies across executive branch of Iraqi government.
Coordinated establishment of culture of transparency and accountability combatting corruption and power abuse by promoting rule of law throughout the legislative branch.
ª Formalized procedures and processes while working with Presidential and Ministerial Chief Legal Advisors. Assisted in drafting and implementing policy and legislation to manage change and institutionalize principles of checks and balances for power distribution between all GOI branches, provincial counterparts, and Kurdish Regional Government.
ª Ensured effective coordination and stewardship of U.S. Missions overall national capacity development objectives in legal, legislative and statecraft efforts. Facilitated interactions among and between USG, inter-agency, donor and GOI stakeholders, drawing upon multi-lingual abilities, multi-cultural knowledge and diplomatic skills.
ª Provided critical training and advice to GOI lawmakers on substantive legal/policy issues, as well as legislative process management and legislative drafting, research and analysis. Analyzed and identified priorities for improving current legislative processes that negatively impact legislative stream; created effective organizational structures, systems and processes to improve GOI law-making. Analyzed draft legislation to ensure compatibility with provisions mandated by Iraqs Constitution.
ª Led a variety of research, coordination, planning and organizational support efforts within GOIs executive and legislative branches as per U.S. policy.
ª Delivered reports and presentations for U.S. State Department and inter-agency groups; provided regular status updates and advice on activities to ensure GOI program synergies and an integrated approach.
ADDITIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
Rule of Law Section Head/Team Leader- Anbar Province, Ramadi, Iraq U.S. Department of State
Provided direct supervision and managed the Anbar Province Rule of Law Team composed of Senior U.S. civilian federal legal advisors, assistant U.S. attorneys and U.S. Marine Corps rule of law staff judge advocates at the ranks of colonel and lieutenant colonel, encompassing three other sub-provincial embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team rule of law units.
Senior Rule of Law Advisor- Anbar Province, Ramadi, Iraq U.S. Department of State
Delivered expert advice and technical assistance in the creation, implementation, documentation, and reporting of law programs and initiatives to improve procedural, organizational and capacity development.
Legal/Linguist Team Supervisor - Baghdad, Iraq U.S. Department of Defense
Member of elite team of civilian (J2) Joint Chiefs of Staff professionals contracted to join U.S. DOD to reorganize and reconstruct collapsed government agencies.
COMMITMENT to CONTINUOUS LEARNING & IMPROVEMENT
MASTER of LAWS (LL.M), Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
JURIS DOCTOR (JD), Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
MASTER of SCIENCE CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Northeastern University Graduate School of Criminal Justice, Boston, MA
BACHELOR OF ARTS POLITICAL SCIENCE & FRENCH STUDIES, University of Massachusetts, Amherst & Boston, MA
Certificate: Risk Management
Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State Stability Operations Division Pre-deployment training
Certificates of successful completion in:
· AR420: Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Orientation
· PS800: Cybersecurity Awareness
· OT-610: Foreign Affairs Counter Threat Course
· FT-610: FACT Area Studies- Iraq
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA
Center for National Security Law
ADVANCED TRAINING IN NATIONAL SECURITY LAW Certificate: National Security Law
National Defense University, Washington, DC
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
Engaged in dialogue with 36 Ambassadors and military Generals from 26 Islamic nations on a daily full-time basis.
Certificate: International Security Affairs for Senior Executives
United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC Certificate in Conflict Analysis
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau PAE/CIVPOL Afghanistan training program, Dulles, VA
AWARDS & HONORS
Excellence Award for providing advisory & training services on matters related to cultural and religious diversity, law enforcement tactics & situational behavior in foreign country and wartime situations, U.S. Army
Recognition Award for briefing a large Hanscom AFB intelligence audience on Iraq.
Expeditionary Service Award, U.S. Department of State
For contributions to reconstruction, stability & peace under extraordinary and arduous conditions