I am an attorney in Annapolis, Maryland, who crafts novel solutions to difficult problems. I provide leadership, advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal and management issues to a diverse number of institutions in the private, public and non-profit sector. I have a long record of success helping organizations develop systems, programs, policies and procedures that ensure compliance, manage risk, create a process that achieves goals and foster a culture of integrity.
In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-laden, technologically-driven, disposable era we live in, relationships are in short supply. In my practice, I build relationships with clients. I strive to make these relationships long lasting and sustainable. In the same way, I help my clients create organizations that have real value and withstand the test of time. I help clients create, protect and grow enduring enterprises by forging 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 own core principles.
I spent the first 10 years 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 handling governance, risk management, compliance and ethics matters. I also served, and continue to serve, in advisory and leadership roles on numerous boards, commissions and committees.
An engineer by temperament and creator by nature, I love solving problems, bringing order to chaos and turning ideas into reality. I started learning how to program computers in the mid 1980s on my university’s PDP-10 (DEC 10) mainframe and graduated with a degree in philosophy. I am passionate about learning new technologies (machine learning, blockchain, smart contracts, etc.) and writing code (Python, Java, C++) as time permits. In the early 2000s, I began working on web and mobile development to complement and support the work I do in my law practice. This experience led me to co-found a computer systems engineering and software development company, Blue House Binary, LLC.
Starting a tech business 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, my tech background and an entrepreneurial mindset of my own, I leverage my legal skills for the benefit of my clients and the public good.
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