I have been a general practice attorney since I
began practicing in New Jersey in 1983.
I moved to State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania in 1990. Since 1991, I have been a solo practitioner
primarily practicing in the central Pennsylvania counties of Centre and
Mifflin. My law practice encompasses
civil and criminal matters including personal injury, wills, powers of
attorney, driving under the influence, with a focus on family law matters such
as custody and divorce.
I emphasize problem solving whenever possible as advised by Abraham Lincoln in a framed quote hanging near my desk; he discourages litigation and urges attorneys to use their abilities as peacemakers. I believe this is particularly applicable in family matters and especially in custody disputes. Except in emergencies, my philosophy is generally to litigate as a last and not a first resort. By doing so my clients usually maintain more personal control over the outcome of
their disputes and are more likely to achieve a result which is in their best
interest and that of their children.
Additionally, I bring a unique perspective to personal injury law. At eighteen I was involved in a very serious automobile accident and sustained numerous orthopedic and neurological injuries resulting in traction, long-term hospitalization, multiple operations, and years of recuperation. As a participant in litigation regarding this accident I was personally involved in various phases of the legal process, including answering questions under oath orally and in writing and also being examined by medical experts. Obviously, these experiences enhance my ability to successfully represent my clients.
On a personal note, some of my hobbies include
swimming a mile daily and writing poems, short stories and novels.