A former Navy JAG officer and successful Maryland and DC trial attorney, I have represented clients in cases involving civil and criminal litigation; including high–dollar medical malpractice and personal injury cases, civil litigation as well as military personnel matters over the past 22 years. I have appeared on Fox 5 News and WUSATV 9 as a commentator on military law issues.
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. (a 1981 graduate of Wilson High School) and earned my Bachelor’s degree (in English with honors) from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, I graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law (one of the nation’s top 20 law schools). During law school, I was a member of The Iowa Law Review as well as a Case Editor on the Moot Court Board. Following law school, I returned to the D.C. area to serve as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Audrey Melbourne in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. In 1992, I became a member of the Maryland Bar and was commissioned as an officer in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps).
During my four years of active duty military service, I was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the NavyMarine Corps Achievement Medal for my outstanding work as a trial attorney. Working as defense counsel at the Washington Navy Yard, I defended sailors and officers accused of a variety of crimes; including rape, child molestation, espionage, fraud, serious assault, gunrunning, and numerous other crimes. During my tour, I served as Senior Defense Attorney as well as Department Head of the Navy’s Legal Assistance Offices in the Washington, D.C. area (where I was in charged of providing legal services to military services members, dependents and retirees with the civilian and military legal issues).
After completing active duty in 1996, I began a solo law practice; however, I continued to serve as a Navy Reserve officer providing legal assistance to military families at the National Naval Medical Center and other legal services until 2007. In total, I served 15 years as a Navy JAG Corps officer (both on active duty and as a drilling reservist). Since leaving the Navy, I have continued to represent military service members and dependents as a civilian attorney in both military and civilian legal issues.
In the past 20 years, I have also successfully represented clients in a variety of legal matters; including, medical malpractice and auto accident cases involving wrongful death and severe disability claims, business and corporate litigation, family law and military personnel issues. I am particularly experienced in working with military service members and their dependents on divorces, pensions, courtmartials, security clearances, Admin and disability boards and in handling civilian legal matters.
I continue to practice law in Maryland and D.C. representing individuals and businesses in domestic, personal injury, civil, criminal, and military legal matters in Maryland and Washington D.C. I am admitted to practice law before the highest courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia as well as before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF). I am also licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court for Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.