Two things I'm known for are my resourcefulness and love of a good challenge. These character traits are just a couple of factors that drew me to the law field, but — more so — I'm passionate about being an advocate for people when it comes to those things that matter most to them. In my opinion, there are few things that matter most than our well-being.
Initially, I was interested in science. I have a Bachelors of Science in biology and chemistry from Beloit College. It wasn't until after getting my undergraduate degree that I discovered my love for a different kind of science: human connection. Couple that with my drive to protect the welfare of others and I found that law was the ideal path for me.
After getting my Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1981, I spent four years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. During my time there, I worked in the civil division and prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act while also defending the government in contract cases before the U.S. Claims Court. In addition, I spent several years working for bigger law firms and continuing to hone my craft as an attorney.
I believe in treating every case with respect, care, and caution.