Bio

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, professional liability, municipal/legislative, constitutional, international, construction, regulatory/administrative, corporate and commercial, labor/employment, environmental, maritime, insurance, education, trusts/estates, nonprofit, and tax.

Prompted by the manner in which civic affairs unfolded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, I undertook practice there in 2006 on the myriad flood and levee cases, and superintended a broad range of issues proceeding through court and executive systems disrupted to their cores.

In 2009, I joined a small cohort of medical, legal and business professionals invited to receive additional degrees under a Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard University. While at Harvard I held posts at the Center for Public Leadership, the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the Center for State and Local Government, and the Program on Education Policy and Governance. I served as an Officer of the University in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was a resident of Cabot House.

Since 2013 I have led my current practice and taught for and directed the Legal Studies division of a Massachusetts public college.

In addition to my legal practice, I continue to speak, write and teach on issues of public import. I am licensed in five jurisdictions and previously clerked for now Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Thank you – after years building a solo practice I love, and serving clients I esteem, I am rejoining a firm to efficiently manage growth and work nearer to home on Massachusetts's South Shore. More on this to come, but in the meantime, and in the long run, not much is expected to change. This site will remain in stasis before being migrated to an archival position. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions – my integrated text/tele/fax number is perpetual.
Media + Arts + Tech

Attributes

I am native to media, arts and tech – as a former touring musician, as one who can and does code, and as a maker fluent in design and multimedia content development (audio, video, photo, graphic, analog, textual). This overlap of niche and background allows me to efficiently and peerlessly integrate legal and creative for clients working in expressive spaces.

Corporate

They are called organizations for good reason. Getting and staying documented, well-papered, compliant, and aligned with pragmatic protocols is prime among best practices. General counsel and correct governance are as important to closely-held companies as they are to those seeking or deploying external funding. There are few investments more sound than a solid foundation.

Contracting

Optimizing a deal requires focussed and technical drafting. What multiple collaborators have in mind when they begin does not automatically manifest when a concept is translated into the physical world. Get ahead of junctures, pivots and transitions. Reflecting on the page what is intended at heart is the ultimate efficiency.

Copyright

There are few disciplines as relevant and fluid as copyright. The media space has enjoyed rapid development over recent decades. Law is not always so quick to follow. Navigating ownership of content is a primary concern for creative enterprises.

Trademark

Impact and impression are salable and demand attention, from protecting to capitalizing. Define your brand, put on a search, definitively document, and enforce with intent – or share, collaborate and cross-pollinate.

Trade Secrets

Assets come in variegated forms – not always capitally quantifiable or neatly captured by intellectual property regimes. But proprietary information can be of principal, or even singular value. Safeguard, manage and leverage such resources prudently and productively.

Licensing

One of the most important tools in the kit of creative profit is the flexibility and extensibility that adept licensing affords. Do it well – do it right.

Regulatory

Interfacing with public agencies is a vastly different experience than cutting deals in the private sector. Conventions, ethics, regulations, policy, and sinuous procedure need not block your path forward. Additionally, the First Amendment was written for you – stand on it.

Litigation

There will almost certainly come a time when dispute crops up and grows entrenched, or rights and obligations are transgressed or ignored. Less talk, more action – bring deft advocacy and mastery of process into play.

Strategic

Creation is nothing if uninspired. Your vocation is to deploy vision and bridge the gap between what is known and unknown, what is possible and impossible. Apply the very same foresight to your company and your career. Chance favors the prepared mind.