I am a legal portfolioist — project driven — and an all-around analytical creative. Specifically, I am a practicing policy lawyer with academic, business and consequential management experience.
I understand the creative process inherently; I crave collaboration; and I am a lifelong coder and congenital math head. I enjoy developing digital spaces and utilities, and bringing technology to bear.
As a polymathic legal counselor and information architect, I deploy complementary technical skills and wide-ranging exposure across disciplines to design and manifest solutions to problems, and to advance organizations and systems.
My principal modalities are research and writing, though my work product can take many forms, often compellingly modern in nature.
After earning a BA in Philosophy, I toured internationally as a musician with several troupes rising in the indie scene. (I was trained classically from a young age on several instruments, but took to the sound and politics of punk — my father was an ethnomusicologist who transcribed the harmonizations of Native American religious peyote chants.) I went on to teach, and was teaching on the morning of 9/11/01. In the succeeding months, most of America — myself included — was drawn to media reports about the wars that would unfold. I was compelled to increase my awareness, knowledge and skills so that I could be and do more in what was certain to be a different world ahead.
I entered law school the following academic season, clerked for now Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, earned a JD in 2005, and, until returning to academia at Harvard University in 2009, practiced with firms handling cases of public import. Along the way, I became licensed in MA, RI, CT, NY, and LA.
I began my practice handling matters before 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 matters in multiple jurisdictions across several disciplines — 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 public labor litigation dynamics. 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 at Cape Cod Community College in 2013 to make a difference in the lives of those facing inordinate challenges to their professional progress.
Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for State and Local Government
Practicing/Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership jointly with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University
Juris Doctor from Emory University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Providence College
Cape Cod Community College, Director and Faculty (Legal Studies)
Harvard Law School, Clinical Fellow (Policy and Litigation)
Harvard College, Resident Tutor (Law and Policy)
Phillips Academy Andover, Faculty (American Law, Speech and Debate)
The Rectory School, Faculty (English, History)
Cardigan Mountain School, Faculty (English)
Curatorial Methods for Teaching, Digital Media and Learning Conference, Boston MA (2014)
A Sense of Place, Blue Mind 3, Block Island RI (2013)
Writing Books, Harvard University, Cambridge MA (2012)
The Trajectory of Distributed Leadership, Samsung/Sisain/LG/SK Telecom, Seoul ROK (2011)
First Amendment Civil Disobedience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA (2011)
Modern Leadership Methods, Samsung/Sisain/SK Telecom, Seoul ROK (2010)
Neuroplasticity in Practice, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA (2010)
The Etiology of a Malfunction in Democratic Processes, Arizona State Law Journal, Vol. 45 No. 1 (2013)
The Interpretation of Surface Easements in Severance Deeds as a Limit on Hydraulic Fracturing Practices, Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 19 No. 1 (2011)
An Ohio Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing, Harvard Law School Environmental Law & Policy Clinic (2011)
Liability for Losses Caused by Inherently Dangerous Goods Shipped by Sea, University of San Francisco School of Law Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 20 No. 1 (2008)
A Conceptual Wreck: Salvaging the Law of Finds, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Vol. 38 No.1 (2007)
Extraterritorial Application of the Carmack Amendment, New York State Bar Association (2007)
Northern Ins. Co. of New York v. Chatham County, Ga., 126 S.Ct 1689 (U.S. 2006) (whether sovereign immunity shelters counties from in personem admiralty actions)
Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ltd., 125 S.Ct. 2169 (U.S. 2005) (whether the ADA applies to foreign flagged ships calling on domestic ports)
R.M.S. Titanic, Inc. v. Wrecked and Abandoned Vessel, 435 F.3d 521 (4th Cir. 2006) (resolution of title to artifacts salvaged from shipwreck Titanic)
Scheffler v. Adams and Reese LLP, 950 So.2d 641 (La. 2007) (whether cooperating lawyers owe each other fiduciary duties)
Louisiana (Civil Law)
Media + Arts + Tech
Litigation + Appellate + Justice
Government + Education + Labor
Constitutional + Historical + International
American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigation Committees)
Boston Bar Association (Business and Commercial Litigation and Business Transactions Sections)
Massachusetts Bar Association (Civil Litigation and Business Law Sections)
New York Bar Association (Small Practice Advisory Panel)
Rhode Island Bar Association
I only take special cases, though in all my work I draw on my legal experience, and daily at that. I continue to speak, write, teach, and navigate issues of public import, particularly in the media space, which brings about adeptness with intellectual property and creative talent.
Further, my clients crave vision. I embed myself in their teams. I do not impose a medical model or simply deliver services; I dialogue and design. Providing powerful, certain and imaginative counsel is a vocation from which I do not rest. This calls for a set of attributes I am always working to refine, in no particular order:
- Inter- or anti-disciplinarian
- Self-directed yet collaborative
- Technically inclined
- Extroverted and generous
- Interculturally relatable
- Adept with governmental units
- Perfect in work product, both substantively and aesthetically
- Excellent in oral communication and written articulation
- Exceptionally skilled with research
- Facile with business numbers yet fluent with creatives
- Capable in theoretical abstractions of law
- Able to parallel process multiple lines of complex reasoning
- Dextrous at the procedural level without compromising overhead direction
- Singular by challenge and adversity
- Driven to undertake projects beyond what is thought possible
- Schooled in things literary
- Temperate with a gentle sense of humor