Education:

Colgate University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1983


Admissions:

  • 1984 – New York State Bar
  • 1986 – U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • 1988 – District of Columbia
  • 1989 – U.S. District Court, Western and Northern Districts of New York
  • 2001 – U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations:

    • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 2009 to present)
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Onondaga County Bar Association
    • N.D.N.Y. Federal Court Bar Association
    • Association of Disability Rights Counsel
    • New York Super Lawyers

Teaching:

Syracuse University
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies Program, 1993 to 2012
Subjects: Civil Practice and Procedure; Torts; Alternative Dispute Resolution

LeMoyne College
Adjunct Professor, Sociology Department, 2007
Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department, 2012 to Present
Pre-Law Advisor to the College, 2013 to Present.
Subjects: Constitutional Law, Law and Politics, Legal Writing, Legal Process

Community Activities and Awards:

  • Super Lawyers 2015
  • U.S. Second Circuit Judicial Council, Civic Education Committee (2015 to Present)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, Honor Roll of Pro Bono Service (2009-2014)
  • Founder/Director, Franciscan Northside Ministries Legal Referral Clinic, Syracuse, New York
  • Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society (Member, Board of Directors, 1997 to 2012)
  • Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University (Member, Advisory Board, 2009 to present)
  • Recipient, New York State Bar Association, President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award, 2003
  • Recipient, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, President’s Award, 2010
  • Aurora of Central New York, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, 2012 to present)
  • Christ the King Retreat House (Member, Board of Directors, 2012 to present)
  • Past Member, New York State Democratic Committee, 121st A.D.
  • Campaigns and Elections magazine:  “7 Tips for Writing a Great Campaign Speech” (Feb. 2000)
  • Evaluator, Syracuse University Law School Moot Court Teams (various)
  • Evaluator, Colgate University Moot Court Competition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Lectures:

Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know,
2015.

No-Fault/Auto Law, NYS Trial Academy Annual Update,
2015.

Damages in Personal Injury,
2014.

The Disk Whisperer – Digital Forensics for More than Just Criminal Investigations,
2014.

No-Fault / Auto Law, NYS Trial Academy Annual Update,
2014.

The Basics of Trial Practice – After the Verdict,

2013.

No-Fault/Auto Law, NYS Trial Academy Annual Update,

2013.

Trucking Litigation & Selected Trucking Injury Topics,

2012.

The Mechanics of New York Civil Procedure,

2012.

No-Fault/Auto Law, NYS Trial Academy Annual Update,

2012.

Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases,

2011.

Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process,

2010.

Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,

2009.

Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in New York,

2008.

How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases,

2008.

Product Liability, NYS Trial Academy Annual Update,

2008.

Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy,

2007.

Internet Strategies for Legal Professionals,

2006.

Discovery Skills for Legal Staff,

2004 and 2006.

Rights of the Intellectually Disabled to Palliative Care,

2004

Personal Injury in New York,

2003 and 2004.

Computer Assisted Legal Research for New York Paralegals,

2002.


Reported Cases:

Gates v. Longden, et al.

120 A.D.3d 980, 991 N.Y.S.2d 229 (4th Dept. 2014)

Duffel v. City of Syracuse,

103 A.D.3d 1235, 958 N.Y.S.2d 916 (4th Dept. 2013)

Kirk v. University OB-GYN Associates, Inc.,

104 A.D.3d 1192, 960 N.Y.S.2d 793 (4th Dept. 2013)

Chavis v Syracuse Community Health Ctr., Inc.,

96 A.D.3d 1489 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. 2012)

Estate of Small v. Caprara, et al.,

100 A.D.3d 1353, 954 N.Y.S.2d 298 (4th Dept. 2012)

Parkis v. Microsoft Corporation,

2009 WL 1585003 (N.D.N.Y. 2009)

Smalls v. City of Syracuse,

17 Misc.3d 1112(A), 851 N.Y.S.2d 66 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2007)

Curtis v. Naselli,

12 A.D.3d 1098, 784 N.Y.S.2d 401 (4th Dept. 2004)

Mosley v. Apple Computer,

7:04-CV-5773 (S.D.N.Y 2004)

Blouin v. Spitzer,

213 F.Supp.2d 184 (N.D.N.Y. 2002), aff’d, 356 F.3d 348 (2d Cir. 2004)

Matter of Beyah v. Goord,

309 A.D.2d 1049, 766 N.Y.S.2d 222 (3rd Dept. 2003)

Reagan-Dailey v. McNichol,

309 A.D.2d 1221, 765 N.Y.S.2d 105 (4th Dept. 2003)

Reid v. Sony Corporation of America,

300 A.D.2d 1155, 751 N.Y.S.2d 429 (4th Dept. 2002)

Green v. Clark-Reliance Corp.,

300 A.D.2d 1155, 751 N.Y.S.2d 429 (4th Dept. 2002)

Southworth v. Macko,

294 A.D.2d 920, 741 N.Y.S.2d 813 (4th Dept. 2002)

Blouin v. Spitzer,

2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18243 (N.D.N.Y. 2001)

Matter of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and Tremaine,

270 A.D.2d 962, 705 N.Y.S.2d 477 (4th Dept. 2000)

Dunning v. Ohmeda Pharmaceutical Products Division,

1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19744 (N.D.N.Y. 1998)

Ferrugia v. State of New York,

237 A.D.2d 858, 655 N.Y.S.2d 174 (3rd Dept. 1997)

Robbins v. Navistar International Transportation Corporation,

224 A.D.2d 912, 638 N.Y.S.2d 525 (3rd Dept. 1996)

Wisner v. United States,

154 F.R.D. 39 (N.D.N.Y. 1994)

United States v. Perkins,

1994 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11510 (N.D.N.Y. 1994)

People v. Barnett,

135 Misc.2d 1127, 517 N.Y.S.2d 849 (N.Y. Crim. Ct. 1987)

Revisor,

Carmody-Waite 2d