I am an attorney with a business and commercial law practice in Annapolis, Maryland. My practice is focused on advising clients regarding governance, risk management, compliance and ethics matters. I help clients, who embrace the core values of sustainability and social responsibility, create, grow and protect enterprises that reflect those values.
I work with a diverse number of private, public and non-profit sector institutions and have a history of civic and community engagement. I provide principled leadership, advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal, management, technology and policy issues. I have a long record of success helping organizations develop systems, programs, policies and procedures that manage risk, ensure compliance and foster a culture of integrity.
In our throwaway culture, disposable packaging and planned obsolescence are emblematic of an ethic that has dominated how our society has historically done business. Although awareness is rising that there is another way to run an organization, a way that embraces the core values of sustainability and social responsibility, I believe more leaders need to adopt these convictions. I work with clients who are passionate about building organizations that authentically practice these principles.
As a solo practitioner, I am free of the conflict of interests and overhead expenses of the typical law firm. I have the freedom to work closely with my clients and help them create, protect and grow enduring enterprises by developing healthy, sustainable relationships with their investors, customers, contractors, vendors and employees. I work with clients as they navigate the grey areas, by helping them discern the difference between compliant conduct (minimally acceptable standard) and ethical conduct (highest standard). Ultimately, my goal is to help my clients achieve success within the confines of the law, while remaining true to their core values.
I spent the first part of my career working on complex civil litigation in the insurance industry, at a law firm in Washington, DC and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland. Since then, I have worked as a solo practitioner focused on handling governance, risk management, compliance and ethics matters. Over the years, I have worked on a wide array of issues, including litigating post 9-11 reinsurance disputes, adjudicating contested civil service disciplinary actions and creating FDA and HHS compliant research programs. I have also served in advisory and leadership roles on numerous boards, commissions and committees.
An engineer by temperament and creator by nature, I am a problem solver who forges order out of chaos and transforms ideas into reality. I learned to code in college and graduated with a degree in philosophy. I started working on web and mobile development to complement and support the work I do in my law practice. Eventually, I co-founded a computer systems engineering and software development company. I am passionate about secure software development and learning new technologies (machine learning, blockchain, smart contracts, etc.). I still write code (Python, Java, C++, C#, Swift) as time permits.
Running a tech company has given me firsthand knowledge of the technical and regulatory hurdles faced by enterprises in the technology sector, as they strive to innovate and deliver goods and services to market. Armed with these insights and a growth mindset, I leverage my legal skills for the benefit of my clients and the public good.
If you would like to know more about me, my approach to solving problems and how I might be able to help you, please browse the links on this site and read my blog.