I was born in New York City in 1947, where I grew up among an extended family of entrepreneurs, horse players, and chain smokers in an apartment on Manhattan’s upper west side. Following law school in D.C., I clerked for a federal judge in New York City after which I joined the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division where I prosecuted voting rights cases. As a trial lawyer with the Civil Division’s Torts Branch from 1984 until my retirement as Senior Trial Counsel in 2006, I litigated high stakes asbestos cases, and later served as lead counsel on mass toxic tort litigation.
An avid runner and hiker, at age 52 I was struck with a neurological condition that rendered me quadriplegic. It is this story of my illness and struggle toward recovery that is the subject of my memoir, Two Mountains, a work in progress. Since my retirement I have been active in the Washington, D.C. writing scene. My non-fiction work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Bethesda Magazine, and on various travel and other websites.