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Graduated magna cum laude, University of Baltimore Law School, 1977.
- clerked with a major criminal law ﬁrm in Baltimore
- interned in the preparation of a major federal civil rights law case
- Executive Editor of the University of Baltimore law review.
Began private practice in Frederick, Md. 1977
Have tried cases in almost every jurisdiction in Maryland.
1977- 1990, practiced in law ﬁrms (small, medium & large) and experienced a broad spectrum of general civil and criminal litigation matters, speciﬁcally including family law, custody, visitation, marital property, alimony and support,. criminal law, trafﬁc and MVA hearings, civil and criminal appeals, general civil litigation, including plaintiffs personal injury, insurance defense work, landlord/tenant, real estate and title litigation, and administrative proceedings, and general commercial litigation.
1990 to present, practiced as solo practitioner, have handled a large number of family law cases, involving all aspects of family law including custody, access, alimony and support, marital property, and other aspects of family law, criminal cases, and personal injury cases, as well as a continued work in business related cases. Court appointed attorney for children in custody related cases in the Frederick County Circuit Court.
Handled a signiﬁcant number of appeals before the Maryland Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals, and has been counsel of record in a number of reported cases. Extensive training and experience in mediation. Trained in general mediation, family law ﬁnancial, custody and access, civil, workman’s compensation and advanced mediation skills. On Frederick and Washington County Circuit Court mediation panels. For the past l0 years I have handled a signiﬁcant number of court appointed and private mediations. Previously, volunteer mediator for the Circuit Court for Frederick County personal injury mediation program in the late 90s. Also have served on the District Court day of court facilitation program for many years.
Court of Appeals of Maryland
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
Pleading and Litigation Tactics in Domestic Cases, in Maryland Divorce & Separation Law, published by MICPEL (Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers) and was involved in presentations to lawyers based on that text.
C0-author of Utilization of Mental Health Experts in Custody Disputes, MICPEL, and made presentations to lawyers based on that text.
F&M v. Walser, 316 Md. 366 (1989)(establishing case law interpretations on interpleader)
Brodak v Brodak, 294 Md. 10 (l 982)(a leading case on marital property and other family law issues)