As General Counsel for Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, I bring twenty years of business and employment law experience to assist the firm with its legal, human resource and operational needs. For the past ten years, I have managed a law firm which specializes in business and employment law. Prior to that, I served as Vice-President and General Counsel for Kolcraft Enterterprises, Inc., an international consumer product manufacturing company where I oversaw the legal, human resources, compliance and domestic operations departments.
As the Accounting Director for Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, I bring 20 years of accounting experience to the company. I oversee all financial aspects of the business, from billing and payroll to planning and forecasting. During my career, among other things, I spent many years at a public accounting firm preparing tax returns and becoming familiar with the accounting operations of various businesses. I also worked as part of a consulting team for a publicly traded company during a post-merger integration.
At HFZ, I am pleased to work with a tremendously talented team of attorneys, engineers and staff that perform their best work for our clients on a day to day basis. My work includes directing a recruiting strategy for the hiring of engineers, attorneys and staff, facilitating the onboarding of new employees, and planning the special events and celebrations for the firm throughout the year. Prior to working at HFZ, I was a public spokesperson for various companies within the automotive, textbook, technology and consumer goods industries.
At HFZ, I manage the annuity payments for specific clients within the firm and act as the lead trainer for new legal assistants joining our HFZ team. Prior to working at HFZ, I studied and practiced Trademark law in Venezuela after my studies at Universidad Catolica Andres Bello. My interest in Intellectual property brought me to the US to pursue my LLM at Chicago Kent. At Hanley, Flight and Zimmerman, I always feel challenged, and I’m lucky to work with seasoned and talented patent attorneys.
I am the Administrative Coordinator at Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman. I have been part of HFZ for 7 years overseeing the Front Reception Desk and staff, working with various vendors providing office services to our firm, while also supporting specialty projects for other administrative departments. I enjoy helping HFZ maintain good relationships within building management and building services, as well as, our outside vendors. Prior to working at HFZ, I attended Fox College and graduated with a certificate of Applied Science in Administrative Assistant.
I am a Docketing Assistant at HFZ. This year will mark 7 years working with the firm. At HFZ, I help run the Front Reception Desk, work on various clerical tasks within the firm in support of legal assistants, attorneys, docketing, recruiting and operations. I work with managing the physical files in the office as well. Prior to joining the HFZ team, I received my Associates of Applied Science in Administrative Assistant at Fox College. I also attended DeVry University and received my Bachelor of Science in Technical Management.
I have been with HFZ since 2015. Along with my regular patent prosecution and trademark duties, I act as a trainer and as back-up for annuities and foreign filing. I am also actively involved in the development of training procedures for Legal Assistants. Prior to working for HFZ, I began my legal career at a Creditor’s Right’s law firm where I eventually acted as team lead of bankruptcy openings and created an internal procedural manual and client specification guide. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Xavier University and my Paralegal Certificate from Roosevelt University.
In my time at HFZ, I have enjoyed helping clients meet their patent prosecution needs and have been able to apply my creativity and problem-solving skills throughout the prosecution process. I work closely with engineers and attorneys, I provide back-up to foreign-filing, and also assist with the training of new assistants. My previous experience includes working in Estates and Trusts, and I appreciate being able to apply the broad set of legal skills from that experience to my work here.
Prior to joining HFZ, I worked at The Chicago Board Options Exchange for 17 years in different capacities, from Administrative Assistant in the PR Department, to Assistant to the Executive Director of Business Development and Program Director in the Educational arm of the Exchange, where I travelled extensively throughout the United States and Canada coordinating options seminars for investors and brokers.
Since joining HFZ, first as a part-time receptionist, currently as the IP Docketing Manager, I bring my attention-to-detail and organizational skills to help our attorneys and patent engineers achieve success for our clients in their IP endeavors.
I have been with Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman since 2016 assisting in all steps of the patent prosecution process, to ensure accuracy in our filings and to make sure all docketing deadlines are timely met. Previously, I worked as an assistant at a law firm focused in foreclosure practice. I earned a B.A. in Art and Management from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. I also received my paralegal certificate from the ABA-approved paralegal program at Loyola University.