I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Haverford, which is a small, "quietly prestigious," college with Quaker roots. Following college, I worked in sales for Procter & Gamble before obtaining a Master’s degree in politics. I then chose to attend law school. It was exciting to be selected as a Teaching Assistant and subsequently, the Head Teaching Assistant. I was hooked on the law.
PRACTICING LAW AND BUILDING A REPUTATION
Before entering private practice, I spent time in Boston-area law firms. First as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and then as a long-time shareholder with Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. Subsequently, I was a Director in Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster, P.C in the firm’s litigation group.
Throughout my career, I have focused on building my reputation as an honest and trustworthy attorney who produces excellent work. Armed with a lofty goal to be among the upper echelon of business litigators in Boston, I gratefully took my traditional law firm experiences and grew a private practice helping clients handle sophisticated business litigation matters.
A PASSION FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Community service is one of my top values. I have served multiple terms on my town's Zoning Board of Appeals and handle a variety of pro bono matters.
I was appointed Chairman of a commission created by the Massachusetts legislature in 2012 to investigate the public employee retirement system's group classification system. After a year of lively meetings, the Commission produced a report to the legislature, which I drafted. Subsequently, I was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as one of the seven Commissioners to the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (also known as “PERAC”), which provides oversight, monitoring and regulation of the 104 public pension systems in the Commonwealth. In October 2014, my fellow Commissioners elected me as Chairman of the Commission. I was re-elected as Chairman in 2016. Most recently, I served as the Chair of the search committee to select PERAC’s new Executive Director.
Finally, I am active as the Chair of the Community Outreach Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tufts Medical Center's Board of Governors. I am also currently a member of the Boston Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Steering Committee and a fellow in the Boston Bar Foundation Society of Fellows.
HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
Everyone must have some fun. In my spare time, I compete for the Weymouth Waves and the New England Masters swim teams at regional and national competitions. Over the years, I have completed the infamous Boston Marathon, and also participate in sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I also run regularly, lift and play golf. I read for pleasure almost every day, cook, and adore playing with my ever-faithful dog. However, my all-time favorite activity is skiing with my family, especially at Sugarloaf, Maine.