Sheila is a trusted advisor adept in counseling business leaders, minimizing legal risk exposure, and managing projects across a broad-based, complex, global business. She enjoyed a satisfying and varied career of over 20 years at IBM Corporation, most recently as lead counsel for the Chief Digital Office, a global team with a strategic corporate mission to advance sales in the digital channel.
Sheila is experienced in structuring, negotiating and managing complex multi-million dollar commercial transactions including software licenses, SaaS transactions, confidentiality agreements, content licenses, marketing agreements, consortia agreements, university collaborations, minority equity investments, strategic alliances, development agreements, reseller agreements, and bundled enterprise offerings.
Sheila has counseled business leaders and developed practices in compliance with state and federal employment laws. She has proactively counseled business teams on discrimination and handled discrimination complaints. She has managed employment agreements including non-competition agreements, employment confidentiality agreements, and retention agreements.
Sheila has a strong history as lead counsel and is notable for being responsive, service-focused, and for distilling complex concepts.
Sheila has a proven track record in quickly developing expertise in emerging areas of business and technology, and transforming the way legal work is done. She has directed transformation projects for corporate legal department, improving work flow and increasing response time. She has developed new policies for content management in the area of data analytics to increase speed to market of new offerings.
She has developed social media policies, data privacy policies, and approaches for complying with FTC regulations for key business stakeholders. She has acted as global center of competency for legal colleagues including training initiatives.
Sheila grew up in Queens and now lives in Westchester with her husband and two children. She attended St. John’s University Law School on a full academic scholarship where she was a published member of the Law Review. She is an active member of her community and believes in giving back. She most recently has been working with Abbott House to help enable the human services non-profit transform its volunteer program. She has helped renovate Westchester homes with Habitat for Humanity, and has provided pro bono services for veterans, immigrants, and large organizations such as the United Way.