Add horsepower to your workflow—I inject research, writing, information architecture, and deft advocacy into legal projects on behalf of clients and professionals.

Law and policy—of record or off.


My principal modality is civil litigation, with an emphasis on research and writing, though my work product can take many forms.

Main Menu

Work Product

  • Claim Prosecution & Defense
  • Pleadings in Law/Equity
  • Complex Case Management
  • Internal & External Memoranda
  • Pre-Trial Motions & Discovery
  • Document Review & Production
  • Trial Preparation & Digital Media Presentation
  • Information Architecture & Analytics
  • Appeals, Briefing & Appellate Advocacy
  • Policy RND w/ Legislative Research, Comparison & Drafting
  • Transactional & Licensing Documents
  • Reports & Statements
  • Short & Long Form Articles
  • Historical Analyses


  • Westlaw / LexisNexis / Fastcase
  • Ravel / Judicata / Casetext / vLex
  • Clio / Logikcull / Relativity / Cicayda
  • DPLA / PubMed / PLOS One
  • R / Stata / Python
  • nvAlt / Sublime Text / TextWrangler / iA Writer
  • Adobe, Google & Microsoft Suites
  • Oxford English Dictionary (Unabridged)
  • Comprehensive Library of Periodicals, Treatises & Casebooks
  • All Harvard University Libraries
  • Rare Sources & Foreign Materials
  • Extensive Global Lawyer-to-Lawyer & Expert Network

For Professional Workflows

I seamlessly participate in existing legal workflows to enhance matters at a cost efficiency—billings are passed on to the client with a margin for review by the hiring practice.

Spec a Project

I study matters to ascertain context and needs. Outcomes are then converted to a determination of scope and work product. We set timetables for research, analysis, drafting, review, and revision. Finally, traditional intake and engagement processes are triggered, and the matter proceeds according to protocol.


My services layer underneath or on top of existing practices and representation. A margin on my billing rate is maintained to afford lead professionals time for management and review. I also carry $1M in custom professional liability coverage, which is specially geared towards additive legal research and writing.


The more inputs alloted to precision and rigor, the more likely the effort is to move the needle. There are no diminishing returns. But budgets are entirely customizable, from unbundled one-offs to all-encompassing primary representation. Each matter receives parity of priority regardless of scope or value.


Solutions come in all stripes: digital trial presentations; data analytics and forensics; e-discovery universes; factual analyses following document reviews; pleadings, motions and memoranda; high court briefs and logistics; legislative markup; original content for publication; and transactional instruments.


I am a polymathic legal counselor and information architect—I deploy technical skills and wide-ranging exposure across disciplines to manifest policy-driven advocacy and carry out deep, focused work on cognitively demanding tasks.

Project Portfolio

State of the art in the art of the state — I entered law school following 9/11/01, clerked for now Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, earned a JD from Emory University, and, until returning to academia at Harvard University, practiced with firms handling cases of public import. I am licensed in MA, RI, CT, NY, and LA.

I began my practice briefing the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. I worked up appeals with scholar and advocate David J. Bederman, renowned specialist in matters constitutional and international. I have since been leading complex cases in multiple jurisdictions and across subjects — including media, intellectual property, real estate, professional liability, municipal/legislative, constitutional, international, construction, regulatory/administrative, corporate and commercial, labor/employment, environmental, maritime, insurance, education, trusts/estates, nonprofit, and tax.

I took the first opportunity I had out of law school to get involved in public affairs: I moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to litigate the flood and levee cases. There, I superintended an array of matters proceeding through governmental systems disrupted to their cores, including representation of the Louisiana Recovery School District in its bid to take over Orleans Parish schools. There was no shortage of civic issues to shepherd, some of which bore directly on civil rights.

I returned to New England to attend Harvard University, where I earned an additional degree in Policy and Management, was a fellow at the Center for State and Local Government and the Program on Education Policy and Governance, as well as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and where I published a scholarly account of democratic malfunction. I also joined the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Clinic as a teaching/practicing attorney, published on energy policy, and finally took a residential position at Harvard College (Cabot House) before exiting the university and signing on as the director of legal studies at Cape Cod Community College in 2013 to make a difference in the lives of those facing inordinate challenges to their professional progress.

While I most often tackle matters in accordance with existing law, I appreciate stewarding issues the law does not yet reach, either because they are rapidly developing or inadequately addressed by demonstrably preferential policy, or because there is demand for a predictive application of law to emerging technology.


Find here links to sample documents prepared for a variety of matters proceeding in multiple jurisdictions, fora and disciplines.

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Kind Words

Support from colleagues and clients who have been as essential to the quality and success of my work as I have myself.

”Highly analytical and talented — the best legal writer out there.” MA Attorney
“Shatters expectations and refreshes the whole concept of legal counsel.” Business Development Director
”Innate talent for writing briefs — don't waste your time with anything less.” RI Attorney
”An exemplary combination of business acumen, communication skills and judgment.” Founding Director
”An ace innovator, incredibly responsive, and a consummate professional.” Creative Producer
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