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  • Employment History:
    • State of Nevada, Department of Administration, Hearings Division
      Appeals Officer, July 2016 to Present
      Acts as an Administrative Law Judge adjudicating assigned Hearings from the State of Nevada. Primarily adjudicates disputes in the Worker’s Compensation arena. The position is appointed by the Governor of the State of Nevada.
    • Ray Lego & Associates
      Senior Counsel, June 2004 to June 2016
      Perform duties as staff counsel for Travelers’ Insurance Company. I am a senior litigation attorney for the company and practice in the areas of commercial litigation, auto and personal liability defense, as well as Worker’s Compensation defense for the company’s insureds. My duties consist of the following: participate in arbitration and mediation; prepare and conduct jury trials when necessary; advise clients on Nevada law requirements; conduct claim seminars and presentations; interface with persons inside and outside the company to provide quality and time efficient legal representation.
    • Karl Armstrong, Esq.
      Self-employed, Contract Attorney, November 2003 to June 2004
      Independent contractor who performed legal research and trial preparation services for a number of legal offices. Provided legal consulting services in the areas of personal injury, employment, contract, medical malpractice andcriminal law. Conducted legal research using both Lexis and WESTLAW. Drafted motions, pleadings and other documents as required. Performed mediation, arbitration and trial preparation.
    • Karl Armstrong and Associates, Sharon Gwin Immerman & Associates, State Farm Staff Counsel Office
      Attorney/Interim Managing Attorney, February 2001 to September 2003
      Hired as a senior staff attorney and then appointed Interim Managing Attorney for in-house insurance defense firm representing State Farm Insureds.
      As senior staff attorney worked in the areas of automobile and homeowners insurance defense. Duties consisted of: participating in arbitration and mediation; preparing and prosecuting jury trials when necessary; advising clients on Nevada law requirements; conducting claim seminars and presentations; interfacing with persons inside and outside the company to provide quality and time efficient legal representation.
      After appointment to Interim Managing Attorney, duties included supervision of four staff attorneys, two paralegals, three legal secretaries and a receptionist. Counseled employees on employment and performance issues. Adhered to company policies concerning employee discipline. Approved all time sheets and leave requests for all employees. Conducted continuing education and employment seminars for employees. Managed office workflow and work quality issues. Approved all requisitions, purchase orders and requests for payment. In addition, managed an active litigation caseload of 50 automobile and homeowners cases.
    • University and Community College System of Nevada, (Nevada System of Higher Education)
      Assistant General Counsel, February 1997 to January 2001
      Member of a five person legal staff that was responsible for representation on all legal matters of the institutions that comprise the Nevada Public Higher Education System. These institutions included: The Desert Research Institute; University of Nevada Las Vegas; University of Nevada Reno; Community College of Southern Nevada; Western Nevada Community College; Truckee Meadows Community College; and Great Basin Community College. Represented the entire system on several advisory committees i.e. computer use and student disciplinary code of conduct. Provided representation to the Chancellor’s Office as well as the Board of Regents in litigated matters. The areas of practice included: civil litigation; employment and personnel matters; contract review and interpretation; construction law and intellectual property. In addition to the above duties, managed an active litigation caseload of between 20 and 30 cases. Trial counsel on six matters that went to jury verdict in both federal and state court.
    • Office of the Attorney General, State of Nevada
      Deputy Attorney General, November 1993 to February 1997
      Primary legal advisor to The Nevada Department of Prisons, The Nevada Parole Board and The Nevada Department of Parole and Probation. Responsible for contract review, personnel matters, policy implementation and litigation defense. Lead prosecutor in the Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit. Supervision of the Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit in Las Vegas and select cases for prosecution. Interact with public and business leaders regarding the Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit’s public education efforts. Prepare and argue post conviction and Habeas Corpus Petition replies on behalf of the State of Nevada. Argued two cases with published opinions before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lead trial counsel on three matters that went to jury verdict in federal court. Handled all aspects of litigation in the following areas on behalf of the State of Nevada: inmate civil rights; 1st, 8th and 14th Amendment; excessive force; failure to protect; medical deliberate indifference and medical and dental malpractice.
    • Eighth Judicial District Court, The Honorable Sally L. Loehrer
      Law Clerk, January 1993 to August 1993
      Prepared case summaries on all pending matters. Briefed judge on all criminal and civil cases. Reviewed orders submitted by counsel for accuracy and form. Performed legal research as directed using WESTLAW and printed legal materials. Drafted for judge’s review decisions on cases argued before the bench. Interacted with legal community as necessary regarding cases before the Court.
    • Eighth Judicial District Court, The Honorable Addeliar D. Guy, III
      Law Clerk, August 1991 to December 1992
      Prepared case summaries on all pending matters. Briefed judge on all criminal and civil cases. Reviewed orders submitted by counsel for accuracy and form. Performed legal research as directed using WESTLAW and printed legal materials. Drafted for judge’s review decisions on cases argued before the bench. Interacted with legal community as necessary regarding cases before the Court.
    • Office of the Cook County Public Defender
      Assistant Public Defender, June 1988 to August 1991
      Began tenure in the Post Conviction Unit, which represented indigent defendants in investigating and filing post conviction petitions. Position involved reviewing the record and researching criminal issues to argue before the court to determine whether there was a basis to overturn a defendant’s conviction. Subsequently posted to the Juvenile Division. Represented parents of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Duties included: preparing protective orders; representation at termination of rights proceedings and custody determination hearings. Last posted to the 6th Judicial District Court in Markham, Illinois. Provided legal representation in felony and misdemeanor matters for indigent accused. Lead trial counsel on ten matters that went to jury verdict in state court.
  • Education:
    • Lindblom Technical High School, Chicago, Illinois
      High School Diploma with Honors, Top 5% of Class
    • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
      No degree conferred
    • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
      Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
      Juris Doctor, Top one half, C+/B- Average
  • Significant High school, College and Law School activities:
    • Lindblom High School
      • Lindblom Honor Society
      • Junior Achievement (President of four companies)
      • President, Caduceus Club
      • Student Government, Member
      • Junior Achievement, Student Speaker, “Future Unlimited” Banquet
      • Junior Achievement, Finalist – President of the Year
      • Junior Achievement Leadership Award
      • President, German Club
      • National Honor Society
      • National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist
      • School Science Fair, Winner
      • Senior Brothers Council, Member
      • Recipient, Lindblom Leadership Scholarship
      • Recipient, Top 10 outstanding Seniors Award
      • Managing Editor, Lindblom Leader Newspaper
    • Northwestern University
      • Treasurer, For Members Only
      • Chair, Student Activities Funding Board
      • Treasurer, Associated Student Government
      • Member, Student Activities Funding Board
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Vice Chair, Chicago Circle Center Board
      • Treasurer, Student Government
      • Chair, Recreation Committee, Chicago Circle Center Board
    • University of Iowa College of Law
      • Member, Black Law Students Association
      • Vice President, Black Law Students Association
      • Semifinalist, Van Oosterhout Memorial Moot Court Competition
      • Staff Member, Volume 12 of The Journal of Corporation Law
      • Managing Editor, Volume 13 of The Journal of Corporation Law
  • Bar Admittance:
    • State of Nevada
    • U.S. District Court of Nevada
    • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Illinois State Courts
  • Boards and Commissions:
    • Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline
      Commissioner, 2001-Present
      Appointed by the State Bar of Nevada to serve as one of two attorney members of this constitutionally established commission that has exclusive jurisdiction over conduct of all state judicial officers as defined in the Canons of Judicial Ethics. Also enforces these canons of ethics. Sits as a court of judicial discipline in deciding whether to impose discipline on judicial officers alleged to have violated the canons of judicial conduct.
    • Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Standards
      Member, 2000-2001
      Committee established by the Supreme Court to resolve ethical disputes between judges and judicial candidates during campaign season and also to render advisory opinions regarding the application of the Canons of Judicial Conduct to specific questions posed by members of the judiciary, judicial candidates, and the general public.
    • FAME Transportation, Inc.
      Member, Board of Directors and Legal Counsel, 2004-2008
      Nonprofit organization providing transportation services to the handicapped and elderly throughout Clark County. The organization is a subsidiary of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
    • Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board,
      Member, 1993-2002, 2010-2014
      ppointed by the State Bar of Nevada to serve as a member of the panel that screens and hears disciplinary cases against attorneys. This panel is charged with the responsibility for hearing cases involving lawyer violations of the Code of Professional Conduct. The panel conducted disciplinary hearings and made recommendations to the Nevada Supreme Court regarding attorney disciplinary matters.
    • Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association
      Vice President, 1995-1996; Treasurer, 2011-2013
    • State Bar of Nevada
      Member, Public Lawyer’s Section, 1994 to 1996
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada
      Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2002
    • Boulder Dam Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
      Member, Board of Directors, 1994 to 1996
    • Easter Seals Nevada
      Chairman, 2009-2013
    • Easter Seals Southern Nevada
      Member, Board of Directors, 2008-2020
    • Easter Seals National Board of Directors
      Member, 2018-2019
    • 100 Black Men of Las Vegas
      Member, 2012-2013
  • Honors and Awards:
    • Outstanding Young Men of America
    • Martindale Hubbell BV Rating
    • Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Association Student Leadership Award
  • Jury Trial Statistics:
    • Ten criminal jury trials to verdict
    • Two juvenile adjudicatory trial proceedings
    • Ten civil jury trials to verdict
    • Three preliminary injunction hearings with full evidentiary presentations
    • Two 9th Circuit Appellate cases with published opinions
    • Walker v. Deeds, (50 F.3d 670)
    • Riley v. Deeds, (56 F.3d 1117)