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Katrina Lindsey

Katrina Lindsey

Sr. Director, Associate General Counsel - Dispute/Litigation Management

Darden Restaurants

Sr. Director, Associate General Counsel at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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Darden Restaurants

Sr. Director, Associate General Counsel - Dispute/Litigation Management

• Provide legal support and counsel to business partners on various commercial disputes.
• Proactively manage an over $10 million public liability and commercial litigation budget, an average of 200 litigated matters and a five member litigation team consisting of attorneys, paralegals and administrative support.
• Successfully reduced attorney’s fees and settlements in public liability matter by approximately 20% in one year.
• Directly negotiate early resolution of potential litigation matters.
• Proactively manage outside counsel on litigation matters, which includes reviewing all pleadings, motions, discovery responses and briefs.
• Provide oversight to the production of documents for purposes of discovery – electronic and paper.
• Attend mediations, court conferences, arbitrations, and trials.
• Work closely with outside counsel regarding case budget, strategy and resolution.
• Successfully reduced the number of outside counsels used by the Company in commercial litigation matters through an RFP process.
• Provide updates to the company's General Counsel, Division General Counsel and Senior Management team on high profile litigation matters and disputes.
• Provide counsel to restaurant operations and support teams regarding various legal issues.
• Assist in the preparation of the Board of Directors Audit Committee Litigation Report.
• Provide quarterly updates to external auditors on pending material litigation.

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Walt Disney World

Director, Senior Counsel

• Provided legal support and counsel to Human Resources and other stakeholders on various employment issues, including but not limited to, wage and hour, medical leave, discrimination, and harassment.
• Worked closely with Human Resources and other stakeholders on new company policies, programs and initiatives.
• Met with regulators regarding agency inquiries and investigations.
• Oversaw the preparation of responses to federal and state agency charges and requests for information.
• Provided counsel, support and training to Human Resources and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
• Directly negotiated early resolution of potential litigation matters.
• Proactively managed outside counsel on litigation matters, which included reviewing all pleadings, motions, discovery responses and briefs.
• Provided oversight to the production of documents for purposes of discovery – electronic and paper.
• Attended mediations, court conferences and trials.
• Worked closely with outside counsel regarding case budgets, strategy and resolution.
• Provided updates to Walt Disney Company Deputy General Counsel – Employment/Litigation, Walt Disney World General Counsel, Vice President – Litigation and Senior Management on high profile litigation and employment matters.
• Provided counsel to resort and theme park operations regarding various legal issues.
• Provided updates for Company auditors regarding material disputes and litigated matters.

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Carlton Fields, P.A.

Associate

• Assisted in the representation of clients in complex commercial litigation, employment, product liability and insurance defense cases. Specifically, engaged in motion practice, prepared and complied with discovery requests, conducted and defended depositions, attended hearings, assisted with trial preparation and second chaired jury and non-jury trials.

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Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Associate

Stetson University College of Law

JD, cum laude, Law

Florida State University

BS, Communications