I have served as General Counsel to a Fortune 500 Company, Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., and have practiced in both large and medium size law firms. I have also worked for and with State and Federal agencies in regulatory matters and litigation. As the in-house General Counsel for Carnival Cruise Lines, during its explosive growth period, I developed considerable expertise in all facets of corporate governance and management, including intellectual property, securities, anti-trust issues and every imaginable type of litigation and contractual matter. During this period major events, coordinated and directed through my Office, included Carnival's Initial Public Offering; the due diligence process for the purchase of Holland-America Line; New Ship Construction; acquisition, licensing and development of Cable Beach Casino and related properties (The Bahamas); the creation of Carnival Airlines; and the development of Carnival's international intellectual property program. I have directed other counsel in major anti-trust, intellectual property and international litigation and have been principal counsel on large international and domestic arbitrations. I have been directly involved in negotiations in both domestic and international contractual transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I also worked closely with the multi-billionaire founder of Carnival, along with outside counsel, in the planning and structure of his Estate Plan, and represented him personally in other major civil litigation matters.
My practice consists of transactional, corporate, contractual, real property and commercial matters as well as securities law. I am substantially involved in areas of the law including real estate and estate planning. Early in my career in Florida, I served as Lead Attorney for the Florida Division of Land Sales wherein I gained considerable experience in property matter.