Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, 2016 - Present
United States Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration 1997 - 2016
Chief Trial Judge, U. S. Coast Guard 1988 - 1989
Other legal or Legally Related Experience
Admiralty and Maritime Defense Attorney, Hayden & Milliken, Coral Gables, Florida
Staff Judge Advocate, Atlantic Area, Atlantic Area, New York, N.Y., U.S. Coast Guard
Staff Judge Advocate to Vice Admiral in charge of the largest Coast Guard field command. In charge of the largest field legal office in the Coast Guard. Supervised a twenty-attorney legal office.
Advisor, Political and Security Affairs, United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, N.Y.
Special Assistant to the Ambassador on Law of the Sea Issues. Member of delegation that negotiated the first United Nations high seas drift-net fishing ban.
Staff Judge Advocate, Eighth District, Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans, La.
Trial Attorney, Admiralty and Shipping Section, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Litigated all types of admiralty and maritime cases but focused on oil pollution cases.
Officer-in-Charge, Coast Guard Staff Judge Advocate Course, U.S. Coast Guard Training Command, Yorktown, VA
Selected by the Judge Advocate General to oversee the training all new staff judge advocates as a collateral duty. Six-week course taught in the fall with the assistance of adjunct faculty.
Adjunct Professor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA
Taught Governmental Regulation of Shipping and Commerce in the graduate maritime law program. Classes consisted of 20-30 foreign and domestic law school graduates.
Other USCG Experience
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, 1967 - 1993; Electrical Officer, USCGC Edisto (icebreaker); Damage Control Assistant, USCGC Mendota (included Vietnam combat tour); Marine inspector/investigating officer, New Orleans.
American Bar Association, 1974 – Present, Judicial Division Delegate and Delegate at Large to the ABA House of Delegates 2011- Present; Chair, National Conference of Administrative Law Judiciary, Judicial Division 2010 – 11; Maritime Law Association, Proctor 1974 – Present; Federal Bar Association 1974 – Present; Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2016- Present; Association of Administrative Law Judges, IFPTE, AFL-CIO 1997 – 2016, Treasurer, 2004 to 2010, Regional VP 1999 - 2004, 2014 - 2016; Florida, District of Columbia and New York Bar Associations.
Gables Good Government Committee, Treasurer 2016 - Present; Miami-Dade Human Rights Commission Board 2017 - Present; Military Officers Association of America, Gold Coast Chapter, President 2016 - Present; American Legion - Life Member; VFW - Life Member.
United States Coast Guard Academy, B.S.; Syracuse University School of Law, J.D. (with honors); New York University, L.L.M. (International Legal Studies).
Excelled academically from being president of high school National Honor Society to an “out-standing academic record” pursuing a master’s degree in international law at New York University.
U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation and Achievement Medals; U.S. Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon (Vietnam);
Superior Honor Award, Department of State;
Honor Graduate, Military Judge Course, U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate General School
ABA Distinguished Service Award (for Hurricane Andrew relief effort while on active duty);
American Bar Association Life Fellow;
Editor-in-Chief, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce; National Semi-Finalist, Jessup International Moot Court competition;
Admiralty Law and Conflicts-of-Law Awards, Syracuse Law School;
Chemistry Award, U.S. Coast Guard Academy