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.
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
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)
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)
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)
Litigation + Appellate + Justice
Corporate + Nonprofit + Tax
Media + Arts + Tech
Government + Education + Labor
Constitutional + Historical + International
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)
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.