After graduating fromBoston Latin School in 1967, I attended BostonCollege. There, I majored in English and Comparative Religion, graduating in 1971. I then attended SuffolkLawSchool where I received the degree of Juris Doctor Cum Laude in 1974.
I began practicing law in downtown Boston, following a family tradition. I also accepted a teaching position in SuffolkLawSchoolin 1975, where I became an Executive Director of Legal Assistance, lecturing in Family Law Practice and Trial Tactics. I taught a clinical course for 3rd year law students, running a legal assistance bureau inCharlestown, representing battered women from the inner city,
I am admitted to practice law in MA, NH, VT and the Federal Bar and have tried more than 1,000 cases in the last 37 years. I was a member of the CJA Panel for the US District Court, District of NH, 2004-2010, qualified to represent criminal defendants in general and complex crimes.
I am a Certified Guardian ad Litem in MA and NH and the President of the NH Guardian ad Litem Association.
I am a Certified Family Mediator, Founding Member-Advanced Mediator,AcademyOfProfessionalFamily Mediators, and Member of Board of Directors of the NH Conflict Resolution Association.
I am a Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Law Association of New Hampshire.
I have published and lectured in the areas of law, mediation, comparative religion, and the martial arts and currently teach online forUniversityofPhoenix.
When not practicing law, I teach martial arts. I am the Founder and Chief Instructor of Black Sword Aikido. My approach and philosophy in mediating is heavily influenced by my aikido training. I have been practicing aikido for 38 years, and I hold a Godan, 5th Degree, black belt from Aikikai Hombu, as well as black belts and instructor ranks in other martial arts. In other words, I tend to use the aikido techniques of entering, blending and moving off the line to diffuse resistance, resentment, and anger, and to allow for the possibility of reconciliation.
I am also a close-up and stage magician. As such, I am the New England Vice President of the Society of American Magicians and the President of Assembly 118 Nashua.