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Resume for Sheri Cottreau

Sheri A. Cottreau, Esq.

(978) 239-8286 | [email protected] |


corporate counsel

Commercial Transactions | Supporting Business Organization | Intellectual Property

Corporate counsel with extensive experience in commercial transactions (ranging from $5,000 to $1 million), supporting business organizations, intellectual property, legal training, and providing counsel and advice to all levels of the organization, including executives.  Experience working with sales, finance, operations, information security, marketing, revenue recognition, product management, engineering, and other departments throughout the organization.  Dual background in business and law allows the ability to communicate issues with business teams, propose various strategies to limit risks, and provide guidance and practical solutions. 



Corporate & Business Law


Commercial Transactions


Contract Negotiation & Management


Drafting Vendor & Customer Contracts


Non-Disclosure & Licensing Agreements


Corporate Governance


Mergers & Acquisitions


Legal Research & Analysis


Marketing Laws


Sweepstakes & Contests


Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)


Legal Advice & Counsel


Copyrights & Trademarks


Legal Training


Strong Written & Oral Communication


Fast-Pace Environment


Professional Experience

INTERNATIONAL DATA GROUP, INC. (IDG), Framingham, MA                                                  2010-2017

Handled commercial transactions and intellectual property in a privately held company that provides technology media, data, and marketing services to the information technology industry.  Was called back by IDG’s General Counsel to work in the corporate legal department after being laid-off by IDG’s subsidiary, IDG World Expo Corp.


Corporate Counsel, 2011-2017

Trademark Paralegal (Contract), 2010

  • Reviewed, negotiated and drafted various agreements ensuring that such contracts were executed in compliance with company policy and applicable laws and regulations, including:
    • sales agreements, vendor & supplier agreements, consultant agreements, master professional services agreements, licensing agreements, settlement agreements, and statements of work.
  • Reduced cancellation fees by up to 30% by negotiating cancellation terms based on lost profit rather than lost revenue.
  • Saved the company tens of thousands of dollars by negotiating out automatic renewal clauses.
  • Decreased time to close sales and recognized revenue by up to 40% by developing master contracts for use by the sales team.
  • Collaborated with the Associate General Counsel on data privacy issues, including review of privacy policies, registration forms, and business practices.
  • Provided training and advice to editorial staff on proper use of copyrighted images, including Creative Common images, to minimize the company’s liability exposure.
  • Managed 3,000 trademarks worldwide from trademark application through registration and appeal of refusal.
  • Conducted legal research on trademark matters throughout the world and provided legal opinions and advice on such matters to all levels of the organization.



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IDG World Expo Corp., Framingham, MA                                                                                  2002-2009

Handled all legal issues in a privately held subsidiary of International Data Group, Inc (IDG) organizing and hosting conferences, trade shows, and events for the information technology and electronic entertainment industries.


Manager, Legal Affairs

  • Reduced negotiation time by 60% through development of a master agreement.
  • Drafted, reviewed, and negotiated various contracts ensuring that such contracts were executed in compliance with company policy and applicable laws and regulations, including:


venue agreements, hotel agreements, exhibitors/client agreements, vendor/supplier agreements, consultant agreements, event management agreements, international sales agreements, licensing agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

  • Counseled and advised all levels of the organization on legal issues and actions affecting commercial disputes.
  • Supported IDG’s General Counsel with domestic and international acquisitions (4 in 3 years):  due diligence, asset purchase agreements, and LLC agreements.
  • Collaborated with IDG’s General Counsel with closing out of business entities, including drafting transfers of ownership/bill of sale; copyright, domain name, and trademark assignment; and all necessary documents to ensure successful closure of the businesses.
  • Oversaw outside counsel, reducing costs by $10,000 and providing industry expertise in pending litigation.
  • Trained marketing staff in telemarketing and e-mail marketing laws and regulations to ensure compliance with the Telemarketing Sales Rules and CAN-SPAM Act and minimize the company’s liability exposure.
  • Researched sweepstakes and contest, within 2 days of request, to determine how to run a legal program; drafted necessary document; prepared and registered program filings; and oversaw program execution to assure compliance with strict regulations in multiple jurisdictions.


Professional Affiliations

Member,Women’s Bar Association

Member,New England Corporate Counsel Association


Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Bar Overseers Number 653560

United States District Court, District of Massachusetts


Education | Career Development

Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, MA

Juris Doctorate


Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Master of Business Administration, Delta Mu Delta Honor Society


Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society and Golden Key National Honor Society