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Michael C. Osajda


Michael C. Osajda, Esq,
General Practitioner / Sole Proprietor
Provided transactional counsel and legal services to clients such as W.W. Grainger, Inc., Bridgestone of America and Credit First National Association.

ThomsonReuters (WorldCheck)                                                                                                                                      
2009 – 2012

The world authority on regulatory and reputational risk identification and remediation. 

Ethics and Anti-corruption Consultant

Provide training and program development guidance in matters pertaining to ethics, compliance, and anti-corruption. 

¨       Author of a number papers on ethics and compliance procedures, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.  

¨       Lecture on business anti-corruption matters in domestic and international venues.

¨      Provide product development in relation to compliance and anti-corruption products and services being offered, and marketing consultation by designing and reviewing marketing pieces and other documentation prior to launch.


Motorola, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL                                                                                                       

A $30B international communications equipment manufacturer

Lead Counsel, Motorola Broadband Mobility Solutions                                                                                       

Lead Counsel for worldwide law department division consisting of over 30 attorneys, paralegals and administrators. Provided commercial analysis to the entire business with sales in excess of $17B. Provided primary legal support for the Global Services Organization.

¨       Created global ethics and compliance training curriculum, including instruction of employees and third party partners in a variety of settings including both large and small groups as well as individual training domestically and internationally.

¨       Drafted Motorola’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy to minimize potential risk and ensure government compliance. Led a virtual worldwide team of professionals.

¨       Presented lectures on ethics in international business at Georgetown and Dominican Universities.

¨       Vetted all agents against FCPA and Motorola policy reducing ethical risk of engagement.  Investigated and analyzed issues and ensured appropriate resolution. Created an online analysis system providing greater focus on situations likely to raise issues, thereby minimizing risk.

¨       Viewed as a trusted advisor by Corporate Vice President of Law and other senior officers through frequent interactions, efficiently addressing substantive business, legal, ethical, and policy issues.  

¨       Drafted contracting policy for $17B segment of Motorola to identify, assess and mitigate business risks in sales contracts enabling compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act.

¨       Negotiated with US Forces in Kuwait to successfully extend cellular telephone service to the newly-liberated Iraq.


Regional Commercial Director, Motorola Europe, Middle East & Africa, Stockley Park, UK

Principal commercial advisor reporting to Corporate Vice President responsible for annual sales of wireless telecommunications infrastructure products in excess of $1B. 

¨       Coordinated business and commercial strategy and tactics for individual accounts and set regional commercial policy to align with worldwide strategy.

¨       Led six attorneys and support staff to provide timely and effective support to over forty commercial accounts. 

¨       Established strong, ongoing rapport with clients and team members, gaining cooperation to accomplish objectives. 

¨       Actively managed commercial aspects of a number of key regional accounts with sales in excess of $400M.  Significant negotiating experience in the Middle East in Kuwait, UAE, Egypt and Morocco. 


Regional Manager, Motorola Commercial Department, Rolling Meadows, IL

¨       Drafted and negotiated sales agreements for infrastructure telecommunications systems sold to major international companies in the Middle East and Africa to meet demand and develop market for new cellular infrastructure products. 

¨       Served as primary consultant to sales, operations, technical, finance, and senior management and provided legal advice. 

¨       Lead interdisciplinary team to establish negotiating positions in relation to all warranty procedures, intellectual property, trans-border tax, and credit applications for each contract.  Frequent international travel to negotiate commercial agreements.

¨       Negotiated break in cellular infrastructure contract with major operator in Morocco, resulting in revenues in excess of $100M.


Michael C. Osajda & Assoc., Chicago, IL                                                                                                    

General Practitioner / Sole Proprietor

Provided transactional (sales, lease, lending) counsel and legal services.  Worked with individuals in relation to corporate, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and real estate law.  Provided estate planning advice and administration. 


Midway Airlines, Inc., Chicago, IL                                                                                                               

A $700M national passenger airline.

Assistant General Counsel

Negotiated and documented domestic commercial contracts and leases for a $700M publicly-held national airline, including aircraft acquisition and disposition.  Performed securities reporting and corporate secretariat functions.  Represented firm in regulatory issues before government agencies.  Coordinated financing, including leases and chattel mortgages.  Directed legal activity for asset purchases and sales, including mainframe and pc systems, flight simulators, and communications systems.  Supervised commercial and insured litigation by developing strategy, editing pleadings and other court documents, and organizing discovery responses. Primary legal support for international purchase of nine aircraft from KLM, leveraged leases of new aircraft from McDonnell Douglas, and international sale of aircraft to Air Namibia.


Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Eiger, PC, Chicago, IL                                                                

Corporate Associate

Provided legal support for corporate insurance, securities, general corporate law, tax, estate planning, and probate.  Participated in public offerings, exempt security sales, and syndications.  Provided counsel in establishment and merger of domestic and foreign insurance companies.  Effected corporate mergers and acquisitions and sale of businesses in other industries.


United States Marine Corps                                                                                                                     
1971 – 2000

Senior Judge Advocate, Washington, D.C.,  Marine Corps Reserve

Worked for the principal legal advisor to General Schwarzkopf, commander of the Coalition Forces.   Addressed legal and operational law issues associated with Desert Shield / Desert Storm.  Participated in Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm in Central Command Headquarters at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida and in Honduras.  Served in a number of billets in Operational Law, Military Justice, and Legal Assistance at Headquarters, United States Marine Corps.  Numerous special projects and investigations.  Awarded Legion of Merit.


Judge Advocate, Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, VA,  Active Duty     
Served as Legal Assistance Officer, Military Justice Officer, Defense Counsel, Prosecutor, Claims Officer, and Trial Observer.  Litigated numerous felony trials, including capital murder. Served as principal military justice advisor to senior commanders.  Headed Office of Chief Prosecutor at a major Marine Corps Command leading, supervising, and training sixteen attorneys, paralegals, and administrators effecting the delivery of high quality and efficient justice.


Executive Officer, Marine Barracks, Whidbey Island, WA; Law School, Chicago, IL                     
Ground Combat Officer, Western Pacific