Corporate Counsel and Director of Operations, 2002 – January 2011
As Corporate Counsel I was responsible for all legal matters associated with the operation of over twenty partnerships and twenty-seven businesses under the management of DAKM, INC.
Legal duties included drafting contracts and business entity documents, collections, defense of legal actions, including negotiation and litigation support for claims, employee relations, and numerous other matters necessitating Attorney support.
Director of Operations duties including responsibility for coordinating maintenance; human resources duties (hiring and firings); purchasing for equipment, operations and maintenance materials for all twenty-seven businesses; providing technical support for entry systems and computer software issues and handling all aspects of inventory and auction proceedings.
Michael R. Rake and Associates, Attorneys at Law
1980-2002 Owner and Senior Attorney for small General Practice Office
Primary Attorney handling family law, criminal, estate matters (drafting documents and probate proceedings)
Assisted with litigation support for Personal Injury matters.
Trial of over thirty Jury cases and numerous Bench Trial in the Family Law, Criminal Law
Personal Injury and other practice areas
Mediator of Family Law cases
Research: Internet, Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis
Software Proficiency: Word, Pro-Doc, Windows and internet Explorer
Texas Tech University School of Law
Degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980
University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration, 1977
Member State Bar of Texas, admitted in 1980
Two time President, Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association