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The LAW OFFICES OF BARBARA H. KATSOS P.C. Legal Team

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Barbara H. Katsos, Esq.

  • Admitted to bar, 1997, New York and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, December, 2000.
  • Admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , August 2003
  • Education: New York University (Ph.D., 1987); City University of New York (J.D., 1996). Phi Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Delta
  • Panel Member on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Legal Referral Service on Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Elder Law, and Civil Appellate Practice      
  • Professor, ASA College, NYC Campus, Criminal Justice Program- Accredited by Middle States. Teaching Ethics, Research Methods and the American Criminal Justice System 2011-present

  • Court Appointed Referee for the Queens County Supreme Court for foreclosures.
  • Closing on equity lines – Wachovia Bank, NA.

  • Co-Op Closing Attorney for Wells Fargo, N.A
  • Member, National Trust and Estate Associates of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Board Member, Hellenic Studies, Columbia University.
  • Legal Counsel Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust  (2000-PRESENT)

  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel to: Washington Heights Hellenic Orthodox Community; St. Spyridon Church; St. Spyridon School (1998-2000)
  • Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State and American Bar Associations; Women's Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honor Society, National Association of Professional Women (2014)

     

     

 

OF COUNSEL

 

JANE R. SLAVIN, ESQ.  MATRIMONIAL AND FAMILY LAW.

  • Admitted in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia.

 

  • Garr and White, P.C., 777 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 2000 to date.

 

  • Associate attorney in practice devoted primarily to matrimonial and family law. Substantial appellate work and dispositive motions, including primary responsibility for drafting briefs; court appearances; depositions.

 

  • Midgal, Pollack & Rosenkrantz, LLP, 41 East 57th Street, New York, NY; 1996 – 2000. Associate attorney in practice devoted primarily to matrimonial and family law. Substantial appellate work.

 

  • Hoffinger Friedland Dobrish Bernfeld & Stern, 110 East 59 Street, New York, NY; July 1992 – 1995. Associate attorney in practice devoted primarily to matrimonial and family law.

 

  • Law Offices of Robert D. Arenstein, 295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. February 1989 through June 1992. Associate attorney in matrimonial and family law practice in New York and New Jersey; substantial work involving inter-state and international child custody cases.

 

  • Court Attorney to the Honorable Ira Globerman. 1985 – 1988. Assisted judge sitting originally in Criminal Court, New York County and subsequently in Supreme Court, Bronx County. Drafted bench memoranda and drafts of decisions primarily in New York criminal law.

 

  • Court Attorney, Housing Part, New York and Kings County. 1984 – 1985. Assisted judges of the Civil Court in housing and administrative law matters. Assisted in the negotiation of settlements; drafted bench memoranda and decisions.

 

  • Education

Juris Doctor, Rutgers Law School – Newark, 1982
M.A., History, Boston University, 1978; University Fellowship
B.A., History, SUNY Binghamton (Harpur College), 1974, high honors

 

  • Professional Organizations, Activities, Skills

New York County Lawyers Association, Matrimonial Law Committee; New York State Bar, Family Law Section; participant in New York Women's Bar Association pro bono representation project; training with Center for Family and Divorce Mediation; facility with Word, Word Perfect; Lexis; some knowledge of French, Spanish

 

John E. Katsos, Esq. MBA International Business Transactions

 

 

JOHN E. KATSOS, ESQ.

PO Box 26666, University City, Sharjah, UAE • +971(0)504691878 • +19172921154 jekatsos@gmail.com jkatsos@aus.edu

 

EDUCATION

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL

Washington, DC

Juris Doctor

 2011

• Graduate Research Assistant, Professor Neil Buchanan, Contracts and Tax Law.

Relevant Coursework: Contracts, Torts, Property, Constitutional Law, International Business Transactions, Securities Regulations, Applied Constitutional Law, Law of the European Union, International Finance, Anti-Money Laundering, Real Estate Transactions Law.

 

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Washington, DC

Masters of Business Administration, International Business Concentration

2011

• Graduate Research Assistant with Professor John Forrer on Peace Through Commerce in Conflict Zones

• Graduate Research Assistant, Professor Timothy Fort, Business Ethics and Peace through Commerce

• Student Consultant, MightyFirm Software Solutions, Annapolis, MD.

Relevant Coursework: Business Ethics, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, Strategic Management, Management and Public Policy, International Management.

 

HAVERFORD COLLEGE

Haverford, PA

Bachelor of Arts, Religion

2007

 

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH

Sharjah, UAE

Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics

2013 – Present

Undergraduate Courses Taught: Business Law (Course Rating: 4.5/5) and Business Ethics (Course Rating: 4.7/5).

Graduate Modules Taught: Law for Accountants, Ethics in Leadership, Negotiations, Business Law, and Corruption.

• School of Business Administration Teacher of the Year Nominee (2013-14).

• School of Business Administration Research Grant Recipient- $10,000 (2013-14).

• Faculty Development Center Peer Evaluation Program Participant (2013-14).  

 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI

Dubai, UAE

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

2011 – 2013

• Live and Give (student volunteer organization), Faculty Advisor.

• AUD Debate Club, Faculty Advisor.

• Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Coach.

Courses Taught: Business Law (Average Rating: 4.69/5), Business Ethics (Average Rating: 4.42/5), Principles of Management (Average Rating: 4.61/5), Professional Ethics (Average Rating: 4.54/5), International Management (Rating: 4.79/5); Special Topics Course on International Law and Legal Reasoning (Average: 4.75/5); Principles of Macroeconomics (4.69/5).

 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI

Dubai, UAE

Chair, Department of Business and Economics

2012 – 2013

• Founding Chair of newly created department of Business and Economics.

• Managed 12 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members in their duties as professors, including conducting performance evaluations, training and development, termination and hiring.

• Drafted and edited accreditation self-study report, including a review of student learning and operational outcomes, curriculum, strategic planning, and internal and external relationships, which led to successful re-affirmation of IACBE accreditation.

 

• Proposed and managed departmental budget for research, training and development of AED 1 million (~$250,000).

• Conducted and sat on honor and conduct councils to determine violations of student codes.

• Conducted curriculum review for department that led to more streamlined registration process for students and more consistency in course offerings.

• Drafted Faculty Qualifications Policy for pursuit of AACSB accreditation.

• Chair of Committee on Business Law and Ethics Curriculum that updated and implemented course changes for business law and business ethics courses at AUD.

• Member of Committee on Introduction to Business and Business Communication Curriculum that investigated possible course changes introductory business courses at AUD.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL

Washington, DC

Student Teacher and Vice President of External Competitions

2009 – 2011

• Redesigned External Competitions in Trial Advocacy for the Law School to include an orientation program and a development tracking system that led to a 250% increase in external competition victories.

Courses Taught: ABA National Labor and Employment Competition, American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Texas Young Lawyers’ Association Trial Competition, 2010 GW Law First Year Trial Advocacy Competition, and 2011 GW Law First Year Trial Advocacy Competition.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Washington, DC

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2009 –2010

Peace through Commerce in Conflict Zones, taught by Professor John Forrer (12 students).

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SUNRISE CAPITAL LLC

UAE

Partner

2013 – Present

• Assisted major, multinational hotel chain based in Malaysia in finding four suitable properties and approximately $50 million in financing for expansion into major metropolitan areas in the US.

• Assisted major US coal mine owners in obtaining financing of $200 million from GCC investors.

• Assisted US equity trader in obtaining local UAE partner for establishment of reverse ADR hub in the Middle East.

 

LAW OFFICES OF BARBARA KATSOS

New York, NY and Dubai, UAE

Of Counsel

2011 – Present

Representative Experience:

• Charitable educational foundation with endowment totaling $5 million in connection with organizational restructuring.

• Real estate developer in connection with international arbitration related to GCC property development.

• New York jeweler in joint-venture creation with Toronto-based company and Riyadh-based company to operate throughout GCC.

• Bahaman company in joint-venture with Turkish construction company and Saudi holding company for project development in the GCC.

 

KNOWLEDGE HORIZONS CONSULTING

Dubai, UAE

Consultant

2011 – 2013

• Designed corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication strategies and conducted CSR training for 30 marketing officers of UAE companies.

 • Assisted engineers from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in implementing decision-making strategies within their marine services division.

 

SBA OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

Washington, DC

Law Clerk

2010 – 2011

Skills Gained: Investigation coordination and implementation, legal research

 

• Prepared and submitted memos outlining legal arguments for ongoing investigations.

 

• Investigated allegations of fraud by borrowers and lenders from the SBA’s $85 billion loan portfolio.

• Assisted investigators in preparing for criminal and civil actions against borrowers and lenders.

 

RIDER SPORTS INNOVATIONS

Bethesda, MD

Finance Consultant

2010

Skills Gained: Financial analysis, growth opportunity analysis

 

• Restructured corporate organization to allow easier access to equity capital that led to $75k loan.
• Redesigned business and marketing plans for company’s patented invention, SipStream.
• Compiled budget and computed projected financial statements for company and SipStream product.

 

BILJE BORCE TEA COMPANY

Belgrade, Serbia

Marketing and Regulation Consultant

2009 - 2010

Skills Gained: Market development, expansion planning, competitor analysis

 

• Designed marketing plan with 5-person team for major Serbian tea company’s expansion to the US.
• Conducted on-sight evaluation of Serbian operations and distribution and assessed potential brand value.
• Designed US distribution plan based on regulatory research that lowered costs of entry by $500k.

 

NEW YORK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

New York, NY

Frauds Bureau Law Clerk

2009

Skills Gained: Oral and written communication, leadership, delegation

 

• Analyzed hundreds of subpoenaed documents for Grand Jury submissions and trials in 5 cases.
• Led 3-person investigation team into possible scheme to defraud, totaling more than $7 million.
• Contributed to 8-attorney team with an ongoing securities fraud case, totaling more than $56 million.

 

OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM

Washington, DC

Clerk, International and Government Affairs

2008 – 2009

Skills Gained: Creative thinking, strategic thinking, listening skills

 

• Developed grassroots legislative strategies with Government Affairs manager to connect more than 8,000 company employees nationwide with their elected representatives.

• Researched and summarized Congressional and international developments on environmental, transportation, and tax issues. Briefed senior executives weekly on these developments. 
• Prepared VP of Government Affairs for international arbitration testimony.

 

NASSAU COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

New York, NY

Law Clerk

2008

Skills Gained: Oral and written communication, time management

 

• Researched and wrote criminal pre-trial briefs and reply motions.

• Conferenced cases with defense attorneys at daily calendar call in Trial Parts 5 and 11.     

• Conducted interviews with arresting police officer, witnesses, and victims.

 

US EMBASSY REGIONAL SECURITY OFFICE

Athens, Greece

Security Clearance Level: Secret (3)

2006

Skills Gained: Conflict tolerance, budget analysis, strategic thinking

 

• Trained more than 50 local Greek guards in transition from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols.
• Identified unnecessary expenditures in annual budget by compiling an inventory of security and emergency supplies for the Embassy.

Designed and implemented security strategy for Embassy’s 4th of July celebration.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES

• “Business Practices and Peace in Post-Conflict Zones: Lessons from Cyprus”, with John Forrer (2014). Summary: Evaluates the impact of business practices on peace within existing peace through commerce and identity conflict literature as applied to the Cyprus Conflict. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 23:2 (2014) (ABDC Rating: B; Impact Factor: 0.544).

• “How to Control the Controller: CEO Compensation and Motivation”, with Udo Braendle (2013). Summary: Applies the literature on employee motivation and incentive structures to CEO compensation plans. Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 11:1 (2013) (ABDC Rating: B).

• “Post-Conflict Economies: Implications for Business and Peace”, with John Forrer (2014). Summary: Applies the existing business and peace literature to the “post-conflict” context and identifies how many characteristics of the “conflict” economy persist in the “post-conflict” context. Revise and resubmit at Academy of Management: Perspectives.

• “Trusted Partners: Ethical Approaches to Trust in Public-Private Partnerships”, with Timothy Fort and John Forrer (2014). Summary: Applies the ethical literature on trust to the public-private partnership context and identifies what a partnership on those terms might look like. Currently under review at California Management Review.

• Acknowledged case contributor, Contemporary Management: Middle East Edition, Jones, George, and Belkhodja, McGraw Hill Education, 2013.

 

SKILLS/INTERESTS

Bar Admissions: New York.

Professional Memberships: New York State Bar Association; New York City Bar Association; Academy of Legal Scholars in Business (ALSB).

Work Authorizations: US and EU citizen.

Languages: English (native), Greek (native), Written Arabic (competent).
Technology Skills: Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, HTML, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis.
Interests: Ice hockey, soccer, half marathons, and Medieval Greek history.