I am an attorney in Annapolis, Maryland, who crafts novel solutions to difficult problems. I have a long record of success providing expert advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal and management issues to: clients in private practice; federal, state and local governments; and academia.
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 businesses and non-profits by forging healthy, sustainable relationships, with their investors, customers, vendors and employees. I also help my clients craft solutions to difficult problems at the intersection of law and technology.
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 and compliance matters. I also served on numerous boards, commissions and committees advising on civil rights issues, adjudicating personnel appeals and providing regulatory and ethical oversight of research on human subjects.
An engineer by temperament and creator by nature, I love solving puzzles, 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, focused on developing legal and financial technology software.
The Intersection of Law and Technology
Although I have a passion for programming, I am equally passionate about practicing law and am committed to using the law (society’s source code), to solve problems for the benefit of my clients. My experience as a programmer and a lawyer provides me with the skills, knowledge and insights to develop solutions to problems at the intersection of law and technology. The core of my practice is devoted to serving the needs of entrepreneurs, emerging businesses, startups and non-profits, primarily in the technology sector. My clients benefit not only from my legal skills, but also from my entrepreneurial experience and firsthand knowledge of the technical challenges faced by enterprises in the technology industry, as they strive to innovate and deliver goods and services to market.
If you would like to know more about me, my approach to the practice of law and how I might be able to help you, please browse the links on this site and read my blog.