Dedicated and incisive Senior-Level Legal Consultant eager to contribute expertise in translating, contracts, compliance, and corporate law toward supporting a dynamic organization in achieving goals and objectives.
Bilingual (Arabic/English) with excellent experience as a translator.
Offer 6 years of collective experience in legal and consulting capacities, extensively providing guidance to governmental organizations, investors, and private contractors throughout Iraq.
Significant success in advising on legal aspects of Iraqi reconstruction efforts.
Considerable strengths in analyzing contractual terms and content to ensure compliance.
Highly respected for consulting on cultural issues to enhance and fortify business relationships between US government personnel and Iraqi officials.
Reputation for solid judgment, prudence, problem solving abilities, and innovative thinking.
Reliably display a collaborative work approach, adaptability, decisiveness, resourcefulness, and initiative.
Grant Thornton LLP, 2008 to Present
Senior Consultant, Global Public Sector (2009 to Present)
Consultant (2008 to 2009)
Actively support Iraq reconstruction efforts by providing broad-based services such as legal reviews of international contract agreements, recommending improvements to existing regulations, and assisting Iraqi government entities in understanding international procurement and investment best practices.
Serve as primary onsite Iraqi legal expert, recommending legal reform efforts at Iraq s National Investment Commission (NIC), and providing advice on engaging international investors.
Advised NIC on first investment project in Iraq, a $120M hotel currently under construction in Baghdad.
As Prime Minister s Advisor on Airports and Ports/Ministry of Transportation, provide legal consulting advice to senior Iraqi officials on negotiation techniques.
Provided crucial legal guidance on Iraq s largest-ever government contract - Boeing and Bombardier commercial aircraft fleet purchase.
Analyzed and advised on Iraqi laws and regulations relevant to joint venture agreement between major international oil company and Ministry of Oil.
Conducted in-depth legal review of national strategic security information network contract between international contractor and Ministry of Communication which resulted in enhanced understanding of key contractual and legal provisions for successful contract execution.
Supported Ministry of Industry and Minerals in negotiating and securing several successful cement factory revitalization projects.
Recommended procurement laws and regulations to Ministry of Planning to improve government contracting process and cost control, which gained subsequent implementation.
Partnered with diverse Iraqi government agencies in ensuring contract compliance spanning procurement, contracting, privatization, and investments, exhibiting proficiency in legislative reform methodologies, procedural design, risk analysis, and dispute resolution.
Expertly advised on labor laws, tax legislation, procurement, budget, criminal, commercial and trade laws and regulations.
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Professional Experience continued
Coach and mentor Iraqi procurement, contracting, privatization and investment leaders on legal and contract topics such as legislative reform methodologies, procedural design, contract risk analysis and dispute resolution.
Research, review and provide accurate Arabic and English translations of new laws, regulations, and critical documents and contracts.
Conduct in-depth legal and procedural needs assessments and interviews at client sites to recommend policies and practices, identify solutions, and determine resources required to meet client needs.
Adeptly provide quality policy and procedural support to optimize significant laws and implementation regulations.
Represent DoD Task Force and Grant Thornton in conferences and meetings with Government of Iraq.
United States Army Corp of Engineers, 2003 to 2007
Bilingual Legal Counsel and Translator (2004 to 2007)
Data Analyst / Translator (2003 to 2004)
Handpicked as local legal counsel for Gulf Region Division and related departments on all Iraqi laws, regulations, and policies; diligently reviewed Iraqi contracts and agreements to ensure stringent compliance with U.S. and Iraqi laws.
Effectively collaborated with Iraqi ministries in properly coordinating legal issues prior to initiating US-funded reconstruction projects.
Assisted Baghdad provincial government in improving budget spending and compliance related to public services.
Advised on Iraqi land use restrictions prior to launch of pipeline projects.
Scrutinized Iraqi contracts and vendor agreements for conformance to U.S. and Iraqi laws.
Meticulously translated Iraqi documentation and materials supporting $1.5B in programs for power generation, transmission, distribution, and management control projects in Iraq.
Applied sharp critical thinking abilities toward supporting U.S. entities by analyzing and advising on legal issues concerning Iraqi laws, regulations, and policies including budgeting, procurement, administrative law and labor law.
Negotiated and successfully achieved agreement between Iraqi and U.S. Embassy officials to allow previously illegal exporting of scrap metals from Iraq.
Integral legal consultant in meetings discussing leasing private and government lands to build a private road for Iraqi and U.S. officials and forces.
Prior background includes role as Translator with United States Army, 2003; traveled throughout Iraq on patrol missions to optimize working relationships between U.S. coalition forces and local community.
LLM., Private Sector Law, Baghdad University College of Law, 2006
B.A., Law, Baghdad University College of Law, 2002
- Practiced law at Al Karkh Court and Iraqi Ministry of Justice, Baghdad, Iraq, 2002
Completed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) training
Member of Iraqi Bar Association
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