Profiles of Our Attorneys


Tal C. Finney

Shaune B. Arnold 

Chris Micheli Ryan Hiete
Of Counsel Of Counsel


Barry Groveman
Of Counsel

Adam D. Wiede
Of Counsel

Shahira Tadross
Of Counsel


Tal C. Finney


UCLA – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and International Relations, 1986, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles – Juris Doctor, 1991; University of San Diego school of Law – Diploma, International Institute of Comparative Law


CA 1991


Super Lawyers 2005 through 2012, 2015


California State Bar, downtown Los Angeles Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Advisor to Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the State Bar of California

Tal C. Finney helped form the partnership of Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP (the Firm) in 2004, having spent over eight years as a counsel at the highest appointed levels in California state government. Holding his law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1991 and a diploma in international trade, finance, and business law awarded in 1989 from the University of San Diego School of Law in Paris, France. Mr. Finney spent seven years, practicing business and malpractice litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement, corporate transactions, and insurance coverage. He took a leave of absence in late 1995 to serve the public, resulting in substantial development in his government regulatory and political expertise. Since then, he has created a unique practice consisting of corporate and transactional, regulatory compliance, land use and development, energy, entertainment, government, international business, insurance, and administrative law work representing Fortune 500, government entities, mid-sized, and start-up ventures in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, education, lifescience, high tech, entertainment, agricultural, commercial development, insurance and brokerage, and others.

In 1993, Mr. Finney was elected Controller of the statewide California Democratic Party. In 1995, he was appointed by the State Controller to serve as General Counsel and Deputy Controller. In 1998, he was appointed to serve as General Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor. While working in these positions, Mr. Finney served on and staffed a number of other critical positions in state government, including the:

• California Public Employees Retirement System
• California State Teachers Retirement System
• California Board of Equalization
• California Franchise Tax Board
• California Board of Control
• California State Mandates Commission
• Regents of the University of California
• Trustees of the California State University
• California Commission for Economic Development
• California State Lands Commission
• A host of state financing and bonding authorities

In 1999, Mr. Finney was elevated to the position of Senior Advisor and Director of Policy to the Governor of California. In this capacity, he served as the Governor’s business liaison and point person on numerous statewide projects, including the first Governor’s Aerospace and Commercial Space Summit, the Governor’s Life Science Initiative with four regional summits held in the state, the first Governor’s Summit on Homelessness, and creating and managing the Technology Advisory Group to the Governor’s Infrastructure Commission. Other major state projects Mr. Finney worked on included the Digital California Project (an education technology network connecting all of California’s elementary, middle, and high schools with the community college and university system), the Indian gaming compacts, the Governor’s Defense Industry Gold Team and Defense Retention and Conversion Council, and the Holocaust Era Insurance Oversight Committee.

Mr. Finney also served the Governor in key posts and for key votes. His many appointments included:

• Director of the Office of Administrative Law
• Director of the Office of Planning and Research (state’s chief land use planner, small business advocate, rural policy advocate, environmental justice advocate, international and community economic development advocate, and California Native American liaison, including Co-Chair of the Governor’s effort to protect and preserve Tribal Sacred Sites)
• Member of the Public Utilities Commission
• Director of the Office of Innovation in Government (technology policy at state level)
• Governing Member of the California Independent System Operator (manages state’s electricity grid and energy markets)
• Interim Director of the Department of Social Services
• Governing Member of the California Earthquake Authority (world’s largest public catastrophic insurer)
• Chair of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance

Mr. Finney also has extensive experience in international business transactions, trade, finance, marketing, and international human rights. He organized and participated in several technology sharing and economic development missions to the Nordic Region, China, Korea, and continental Europe. His work included developing relationships with the venture capital, banking, pension, energy, telecommunications, entertainment, information technology, manufacturing, and lifescience communities in over fourteen foreign countries, many of which he has visited regularly over the past few years. His work in this regard involved close working relationships with the highest levels of regional and national government in each of the individual nations, as well as with the European Union and the OECD. He also participated in the development of the South African Constitution through the South Africa Constitution Watch Commission.

Prior to his California state experience, Mr. Finney worked in Washington, D.C. for presidential campaigns and members of the United States Congress. His work also included Congressional committee work and constituency work in Congressional district offices. He was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference for the United States Armed Forces.

His unique experience and practice has developed into his serving as the firm’s representative as corporate counsel to multiple businesses and nonprofit entities, in addition to panel counsel for a number of significant clients, including the University of California, the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, DDR, KB Home, AIG, Ironshore Insurance, and many others. He serves as the outside general counsel to Invicta Medical (develops medical devices), Lime Lion Holdings (develops entertainment technology platforms), Herhof Canada Technik (develops waste-to-energy facilities), Iceland America Energy (develops geothermal power plants), and Tribal Project Advisors and Associates (develops wind, solar, and other renewable energy plants), among other early stage and growth companies. Mr. Finney provides his clients corporate transactional, government regulatory enforcement and compliance, land use, CEQA and business litigation, energy, international trade and finance, nonprofit corporate transactional, intellectual property, and private equity transactional services.

He is a member of the California Voting Modernization Board, an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the California State Bar, LLC, a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Shaune B. Arnold


BA in Psychology from UCLA, JD from the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law


Admitted to the State Bar of California in December, 2004


Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2nd Year, UC Hastings


State Bar of California, 
American MENSA


Shaune B. Arnold, Esq. is a practicing transaction attorney in downtown Los Angeles, California. A graduate of UCLA, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, Shaune brings to the table nearly 25 years of experience providing General Counsel advice to start-up, emerging growth and traditional businesses of widely varying industries to help them meet their expansion needs. She was also a licensed Financial Advisor (formerly holding Series 7, Series 63, Series 65 and California Insurance licenses).


In addition to nurturing a very strong renewable energy practice, Shaune’s transaction experience includes organizing companies and making them fully capital compliant with Securities Exchange Commission regulations and with various state Blue Sky laws, registering copyrights and trademarks on behalf of her clients, conducting mergers and acquisitions, facilitating real estate development  and acquisition deals, and structuring strategic alliances between companies.


Shaune teaches Business Law, Human Resources and Ethics at a local prestigious University, as well as Neurolinguistic Programming to sales and other professionals. She conducts workshops training entrepreneurs to run a successful business, and enjoys playing golf, camping and learning her guitar.


Chris Micheli

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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
University of California, Davis


State Bar of California, 1992

practice areas

Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
Tax Policy and Compliance
Legislative and Regulatory Law


State Bar of California, 

Chris Micheli is Of Counsel to Finney Arnold LLP.  He has substantial legislative and regulatory experience in the areas of state and local taxation, transportation, labor and employment, forestry, health care, civil liability, and insurance.  He has represented a number of major clients including non-profits (e.g., Junior Blind of America), public agencies (e.g., Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority), national trade associations (e.g., Computing Technology Industry Association - CompTIA), statewide trade associations (e.g., California Grocers Association), and major corporations (e.g., Mattel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron/Texaco, Mercury Insurance).

As a legislative advocate, Micheli regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, boards, and commissions.  He regularly drafts legislative and regulatory language and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's knife laws.  The Wall Street Journal (July 1998) called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state."  The Los Angeles Times (May 2005) described him as an "elite lobbyist," and Capitol Weekly (August 2006) described him as a "prominent lobbyist."

Micheli became a contract lobbyist after serving as General Counsel to the California Manufacturers Association, an 800-member trade group.  In addition to advising CMA and its Board of Directors on legal matters, he was a registered lobbyist representing CMA in the areas of taxation and civil liability reform.  While at CMA, he was the chief lobbyist for SB 671, which was called "the most significant tax relief since Prop. 13.” He often served as a principal spokesperson for the California business community on important matters of tax policy.

Ryan Hiete

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JD from University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law


Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999


2009 & 2012 - Super Lawyers Magazine “Southern California Rising Star” 

2008 - Named one of the Top 50 Environmental Attorneys in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Business Journal


State Bar of California

Ryan Hiete is Of Counsel to Finney Arnold LLP. Since 1999, Ryan has represented clients in matters pertaining to the full spectrum of environmental law, representing all types of clients, including large and medium size corporations, property developers and owners, public agencies (including cities, school districts, water districts and counties), individuals family estates, health care facilities and banking and financial institutions.

During the course of his career, Ryan has handled a wide variety of environmental matters, several types of which are identified below:

  • Large property developers and corporations on numerous issues, including: (i) land survey; (ii) entitlements and zoning issues; (iii) due diligence and historical site investigation; (iv) asbestos surveys and removal; and (v) contract negotiations (purchase and sale, leases, subleases, drafting environmental provisions, access and lender reviews).

  • Industrial plating facilities on compliance and regulatory issues, including: (i) alleged violations of air permits; (ii) air permit renewals; (iii) response to civil and criminal proceedings concerning alleged unlawful air emissions and water discharge; (iv) Prop 65-related cases; (v) alleged violations of hazardous waste laws (e.g., RCRA); (vi) efforts to close facilities under oversight of governmental agencies; and (vii) purchase and sale of plating operation facilities.

  • Employees of large national and international oil/energy companies involved in federal criminal proceedings [for example, represented six employees of a company involved in a federal probe relating to alleged illegal air emissions at major port facility in California.]

  • Companies relating to emergency response situations, including oil and chemical spills, pipeline ruptures and hazardous materials releases [for example, Ryan represented the company that led the response to the cargo ship M/V Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco, California.  The matter involved the representation of the client in multiple federal, state and local investigations, including proceedings filed by the United States Department of Justice, the United States Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response].

  • Companies that manufacture, sell and/or purchase after-market car and marine parts that are subject to regulatory enforcement proceedings by the California Air Resources Board. Representation of several public and private water agencies (including cities and water purveyors) on the following issues: (i) complex groundwater pollution investigations and cleanups; (ii) litigation related to soil and groundwater pollution (including chemicals such as perchlorate, petroleum hydrocarbons, MTBE, PCBs and VOCs); (iii) administrative hearings related to soil and groundwater pollution; (iv) applications for funding under California’s UST Cleanup Fund; and, (v) compliance with CERCLA’s National Contingency Plan.

  • Large school district in matters related to the district’s massive school construction program. Specifically, Ryan represents the district on a wide variety of environmental and land use-related issues, including: (i) air quality issues, including compliance with California’s global warming law AB 32; (ii) review of potential school sites and assisting in the review of environmental impact reports and other environmental planning documents; (iii) negotiating environmental provisions of purchase and sale agreements; (iv) access agreements; (v) railroad safety assessments and other health risk assessments; (vi) pipeline-related issues, including pipeline removal projects; (vii) storm water projects; (ix) analysis of issues related to diesel emissions from the district’s bus fleets; (x) condemnation of environmentally impacted properties; and, (xi) numerous groundwater pollution cases. Representation of clients on global warming/climate-change related issues, including extensive analysis of California’s AB 32.

Ryan typically handles cases involving, among others:

  • California’s new climate change-related law, AB 32

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA)

  • California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act

  • Proposition 65

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response

  • Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”),

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

  • California’s Hazardous Substances Account Act (HSAA)

In handling matters for his clients, Ryan frequently interfaces with many government agencies and law enforcement offices, including:

  • US Environmental Protection Agency

  • United States Department of Justice

  • California Attorney General’s Office,

  • California Environmental Protection Agency

  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

  • California Air Resources Control Board (CARB)

  • State Water Resources Control Board

  • Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD)

  • Los Angeles County Fire Department

  • City of Los Angeles

In 1999, prior to beginning his environmental practice, Ryan acted as legal counsel for the Belmont Commission, a commission convened by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education to review and consider many environmental concerns and safety issues related to the then-planned $200 million Belmont Learning Complex.  As counsel for the BLC, Ryan assisted the commissioners in reviewing all applicable laws and regulations related to the planned joint venture and also worked with the commission to conduct interviews of those involved in the approval of the school site, including interviews of regulators, school officials, private parties and other members of the public.  Ultimately, the BLC issued a report that led to safety recommendations and environmental reviews, and the school site ultimately was constructed with those safety measures in place.

While attending McGeorge Law School, Ryan attended Loyola Law School in 1999 as a visiting student, where he was on the staff of the Loyola Law Review.

Mr. Hiete is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to environmental issues affecting California businesses.

Barry Groveman

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Selected to Author the Article on the Past 25 Years of Environmental Law, for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, March, 2002

In the past he was the recipient of a Commendation from the Santa Monica City Council for “Extraordinary Service to the Citizens of Santa Monica to ensure restoration of Santa Monica’s precious water resources”, Presented April 16, 1998 by the Mayor and Members of the Santa Monica City Council

Commendation for “Dedication to the Environmental Health and Safety of the Citizens of California” presented by California Secretary of State March Fong Eu, June 3, 1987.

Recipient of the “International Monitor Award” presented by a consortium of environmental groups based in Washington, D.C. for achievement in the enforcement of environmental laws.


In 2003, Mr. Groveman was elected to the Calabasas City Council. He served two terms as Mayor (2006 and 2010). As a local elected official, Mr. Groveman has acquired practical experience on the adoption and implementation of public laws, as well as the process involved in the review and approval of proposed development projects. He led the effort to pass a law to prevent exposures to second hand s moke. The City of Calabasas became the first City in the country to enact a second hand smoke control law. The law has become a model ordinance for cities around the world.

Pacific Boys Lodge, Member of the Board of Directors (2000 to 2011), First Vice Chair (2008) and Chairman of the Board (2009)

Calabasas Education Fund, President of the Board (2004-2006)

California League of Cities, Sub-Committee on Homelessness (2007)

Past Member, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board (2006)

Past Member, Board of Directors Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley (2005)

Barry Groveman is the managing partner at Groveman / Hiete LLP with offices in Los Angeles County and Ventura Couny, California.

Over the past three decades, he served as chair of the public and environmental Law practice in one of the top national law firms in the United States and later, a statewide law firm in California. Over his career he has handled several landmark cases in the field of environmental law and occupational safety on behalf of public entities, multi-national corporations, small businesses and individual clients. He is experienced in the practice of administrative, civil and criminal law.

Mr. Groveman began his legal career in 1979 when he joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, serving as a criminal trial deputy. He was later appointed to head the Environmental Protection Division, where he served as Environmental Counsel to City Commissions and Departments, including the Department of Public works, the Los Angeles City C ouncil and the Mayor of Los Angeles. He handled matters related to air, water, hazardous waste, endangered species, noise pollution, historic preservation and transportation. He established and chaired the “Los Angeles Toxic Waste Strike Force,” which was one of the first, successful efforts in the nation established to investigate and prosecute serious environmental crimes.

In 1984 he joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office where he served as Special Assistant District Attorney and head of the Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division. He continued to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes and workplace related deaths and led an expanded, county-wide Toxic Waste Strike Force.

In his private practice, Mr. Groveman has represented numerous businesses and individuals charged with crimes pursuant to California’s Health and Safety Code, Oil Spill Prevention Act and Occupational Health and Safety Laws. In 1994-1996, he represented Southwire, Inc., a multi-national corporation charged with a federal environmental crime in South Carolina District Court. The crime involved the illegal shipment of contaminated material from the U.S. to the country of Bangladesh. As part of a successful plea agreement negotiated with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Groveman traveled to Bangladesh with representatives of the State Department and USEPA to help negotiate an agreement to retrieve the contaminated material and return it to the United States. This was a unique case involving an international victim of a federal environmental crime and involved negotiations and resolution of conflicting laws among different countries.

Mr. Groveman has served as environmental counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 30 years. He has assisted the District on matters involving environmentally-impacted school sites, the purchase and construction of new school sites, and general environmental counseling. In 1999 Mr. Groveman was appointed to head the “Safety Team” that investigated and made recommendations on corrective actions to be taken concerning the controversial Belmont Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Groveman also represented water agencies and public utilities in matters relating to the cleanup of contaminated groundwater concerning several superfund sites throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He was one of the lead attorneys to negotiate a landmark $200 million settlement that requires eight companies to clean up the San Gabriel Valley basin over a 15-year period.

In 2002 Mr. Groveman was appointed by a member of the California State Senate to serve as Chair of the “Inland Empire Perchlorate Task Force” which is responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to the serious perchlorate water contamination crisis impacting approximately 20 drinking water wells and 500,000 people in the Inland Empire. He serves as lead counsel to the West Valley Water District in their efforts to recover costs for the loss of over 50% of their drinking water wells due to perchlorate contamination. He participated in the drafting of California Water Code Section 13304(a), which provides authority for local water boards to issue water replacement orders against parties responsible for polluting groundwater.

Mr. Groveman served as special counsel to the City of South Pasadena on CEQA issues related to the expansion of a local school campus, as well as advocacy relating to environmental impacts associated with the extension of the Gold Line running through the City. He also served as lead counsel to the City of Santa Monica in several matters involving the restoration of drinking water wells and recovery of costs associated with MtBE contamination. Similarly, he acted as lead counsel for the City of Morro Bay in a matter relating to MtBE contamination threatening the City’s drinking water supply. These were among the first cases involving the contaminant “MtBE.

Mr. Groveman has handled complex civil litigation involving asbestos victims and the defense of toxic tort matters including one of the largest filed in San Gabriel Valley, which involved several thousand plaintiffs and numerous appeals.

Mr. Groveman’s litigation experience covers a wide-range of matters in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and legislative bodies. He has tried approximately 50 criminal jury trials.

Mr. Groveman has drafted portions of local ordinances and state statutes, including portions of California Health and Safety Code section 25189.5 —elevated the range of penalties for illegal disposal of hazardous materials from misdemeanors to felonies; Water Code section 13304(a) (formerly SB 1004)--gave authority to Regional Water Quality Control Boards to issue water replacement orders to parties responsible for polluting drinking water; Education Code: sections 17213, 17213.1, 17213.2—toughened building and safety requirements for schools to protect students and employees; and the Calabasas Second Hand Smoke Control Ordinance. In addition, in 1986, Mr. Groveman was the principal co-author of the landmark law, Proposition 65, the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 and later campaigned for its successful passage.

While attending McGeorge Law School, Ryan attended Loyola Law School in 1999 as a visiting student, where he was on the staff of the Loyola Law Review.

Mr. Hiete is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to environmental issues affecting California businesses.

Adam D. Wieder



Loyola Law School, J.D., 2005

UCLA, B.A. in Political Science and History, Magna Cum Laude, 2001


State Bar of California

United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Adam was named a Rising Star by Los Angeles Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015, an honor limited to no more than 2.5% of attorneys within California.

While in law school, Adam served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Arthur M. Greenwald, United States Bankruptcy Judge. He also worked as student mediator at the Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, where he gained valuable mediation experience.

In college, Adam was a member of Golden Key, International Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, a National Political Science Honor Society.

From 2011 to 2016, Adam was a youth soccer coach at West Valley Soccer League.


Adam is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, having lived in Israel, Argentina, and Uruguay in his youth. During college, he studied Italian and Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy, and taught English to high school students in various cities across Taiwan.

Adam’s practice focuses on litigation involving commercial, real estate, labor and employment, and environmental law. Over the years, Adam has successfully represented businesses, individuals, and public entities in state and federal court litigation and before administrative agencies. Adam has hands-on experience in all facets of trials and arbitration’s dealing with varied and sophisticated legal issues, from case commencement to final judgment. He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation’s and negotiated settlements. Adam is able to craft and implement effective and creative strategies for resolving complicated and contentious legal disputes. A zealous and aggressive advocate, Adam focuses on optimizing results by finding the most direct route to achieve his clients’ objectives.

In addition to his wide-ranging litigation practice, clients also rely on Adam to act as general counsel and advise them in structuring transactions, navigating through bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles, and limiting potential liability in their businesses. In that capacity, Adam regularly provides practical legal advice and efficient solutions to clients on a broad range of business issues, including compliance with various federal, state, and local government regulations.

Some of Adam’s recent accomplishments include the following:

  • Obtained a complete defense verdict and an award of fees and costs for a leading reseller of Microsoft ERP solutions who was sued for $2 million based on claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of contract.

  • Prevailed in a bench trial on behalf of an employer against a former employee who appealed a Labor Commissioner’s decision on claims relating to alleged employment violations.

  • Obtained a complete defense verdict in a bench trial representing a residential landlord and his companies who were sued for over $1 million.

  • Prevailed in an arbitration on behalf of an international computer services provider, obtaining a judgment for the entire amount sought, as well as all attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the client.

  • Second-chaired a bankruptcy court trial representing hundreds of investors in a foreign currency exchange Ponzi scheme who were sued by a bankruptcy trustee.

  • Reached several successful settlements on behalf of one of the nation’s largest school districts in federal court actions involving environmental contamination.

  • Achieved an outstanding settlement on behalf of an accounting firm in a professional liability action for its audit of a publicly traded company.

  • Successfully settled numerous cases on behalf of companies who received warnings or were sued under California Proposition 65.

Shahira Tadross



University of Dayton School of Law

University of London/London School of Economics and Political Science Juris Doctor, Conferred May of 1993

Wright State University Political

Science; International Studies; French

B.A., conferred June of 1987


Fluent English

Fluent Arabic, Egyptian Dialect

Proficient French


Illinois State Bar, March 2, 2010

Ohio State Bar, November 8, 1993

General Counsel, Co-founder


2009 - Present

Structured efficient and scalable operations for manufacturing and technology startups to accommodate and accelerate design to market technologies, strategic partnerships, venture relationships, and investor and equity partnerships.

• Execute corporate formation, lead strategy, and governance policies

• Provide strategic legal advice to Board and executive leadership

• Ensure regulatory compliance and monitor legislative changes

• Evaluate risk factors and advise executive leadership

• Negotiate and draft partnership agreements

• Negotiate and draft employment and equity agreements

• Identify and protect Intellectual Property rights

• Negotiate and secure seed & VC financing

• Managed impact of changes in management, governance, and policies

• Manage external relations with partners, clients, regulators, media, and counsel

Senior Associate

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, 2006-2008

• Represented and advised Fortune 100 clients through policy, regulatory, and
compliance guidance, for corporate mobility, immigration, and mergers &

• Lead Counsel, Pro bono

Litigation Counsel/Trial Attorney

United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, 2004-2006

On behalf of the Attorney General, ensured the fair and effective prosecution of criminal defendants and defense against civil petitioners through prosecutorial discretion and excellent representation.

• Presented oral arguments as lead counsel

• Drafted briefs and motions

• Advised the Office of the Solicitor General on petitions for panel rehearing,
rehearing en banc, and certiorari to the United States Supreme Court

• Published cases and briefs throughout the United States Courts of Appeal

Attorney Advisor

United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.The Executive Office for United States Attorneys, 1998-2004

Provided prosecutorial direction and executive oversight to all 93 United States Attorneys’ Offices on behalf of the Attorney General; Advocated Department legislative and policy positions before the White House, Congress, government agencies, private entities, and the press.

• Advised on the Attorney General’s Priority Programs in Health Care Fraud, Human
Trafficking, Terrorism, Firearms, and Financial Fraud

• Served on National Infrastructure Protection committees, including the Vice
President’s Federal Public Key Infrastructure Steering Committee, the Cyber Fraud
Working Group and various Financial Institutions’ working groups

• Provided legal and policy guidance and directives to the United States Attorneys

• Advised on legal and procedural matters, developed policies and procedures
through the analysis of statutes, regulations, and directives

• Analyzed, advised, and commented on proposed legislation in response to
requests from the Attorney General, the White House, and Congress

• Drafted talking points, testimony, presentations and correspondence, both to and
on behalf of, the White House, and senior Department Officials

• Drafted, advised, and commented on information, including broadcast productions,
to be released to the White House, Federal and State Agencies, Congress, foreign
and domestic Press, Diplomatic Corps, and citizen groups

• Designed and executed implementation plan for compliance with Executive Order
13166 (ensuring access to government for those with “Limited English Proficiency”)
specific to the United States Attorneys' Offices and modeled throughout other

Attorney Consultant

LexisNexis, 1994-1998

• Created new models for exceeding revenue goals, account acquisition and growth
by promoting legal and subject matter expertise as the foundation of client

• Created courses, lectured and taught on specific practice areas in policy, health
care, international, immigration, corporate, securities, human and civil rights law

• Provided legal and technical expertise to private and public sector clients involved
in international, business, policy, government, public, and legislative affairs,
including human rights, and democratic and social development

• Provided consultation to international law firms, corporations, and foundations, the
Offices of the President and First Lady, U.S. Departments of Justice, State, Health
and Human Services, Treasury, and Commerce, the U.S. Securities & Exchange
Commission, International Trade Administration, Import/ Export Administration,
Embassies, and the World Bank Group

• Mentored new attorney consultants and staff

Pro Bono

Board of Directors

Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA)


Development Relations, Policy, and Grants

Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA), 2011-2012

• Directed policy initiatives, development and fundraising to build financial capacity

• Managed and directed outside counsel and law clerks

• Directed private and government grantor relations

• Directed grant research and proposal writing

Contributed to the creation of progressive policies by creating tools to assist in transparency and advocacy in consultation with Egyptian leadership and subject matter experts.

Rule of Law/Freedom of Information (FOI) Working Group, 2011-2014

• Advised on the drafting, passage and implementation of FOI laws

• Advised on legal and political foundations necessary to enact FOI laws

• Advised on revision of existing laws to facilitate compliance and enforcement

Additional Pro Bono

• Counsel, Advise startups in technology, manufacturing, and product development
and design

• Counsel, St. Mark’s, Coptic Orthodox Church

• Summer Law Clerk, Lutheran Ministries/Catholic Social Services, Miami Haitian
Refugee Project

• Law Clerk, National Council for the Welfare of Prisoners Abroad

• Assistant Trial Coach, National Mock Trial Competition, Wright State University

• Volunteer, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

• Assistant Director, International Model United Nations, Conference on Trade and

• Committee Chair, Fundraising and Development, Lycée Français Parents' Assoc.

• Fundraising and Development, Rock Creek International School Parents' Assoc.

• Board of Trustees, Young Professionals Arts Network

• Board of Trustees, Arab American Forum

Honors, Publications, Writings

• Litigator, published cases and briefs throughout the U.S. Courts of Appeal

• Author, first successful appellate brief challenging the Helms Amendment of 1987,
Matter of INS v. "Jones,” Board of Immigration Appeals

• Finalist and Best Brief, Moot Court, UDSL, Matter of Carstone v. City of Reading

• Editor, articles addressing corporate strategy, digital innovation and experience

• Editor, EARLA, articles and op-eds addressing rule of law, policy, and human rights

• Author, Bioethics and the Law, The Helms Amendment of 1987, Inadmissibility of
HIV Seropositive Foreign Nationals

• Author, Compliance with Miscellaneous and Technical Immigration Act of 1991

• Author, The Persian Gulf War, Equitable Relief, UDSL

• Author, UNCTAD VII, The Final Act, White Paper, INMUN Conference on Trade and

• Contributing Editor, NEXUS, Literature and Arts Magazine, Wright State University