Areas of Practice

Litigation;  Grand Jury Practice and Investigations; Criminal Law, White Collar  Criminal Defense and Investigations; Commercial Litigation

Graduate School

Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D., 1990

Law School

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1979 


Baldwin-Wallace College; Cleveland State University, B.A., 1975


1979,  Ohio; 1980, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1983, U.S.  Court of Appeals, Sixth District; 1990, District of Columbia and U.S.  Supreme Court; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia  Circuit and U.S. Court of Claims; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh  Circuit; 2000, New York

Memberships & Background

Life  Member - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Cleveland  Metropolitan Bar Association (member: Criminal Law Section, 1979,  Chairman, 1984-1985); New York State Board Association, Ohio State Bar  Association, American Bar Association; The District of Columbia Bar


Delta  Theta Phi. Recipient: U.S. Attorney General's Special Achievement  Award, 1986. Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, 1998.   Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-Present.  Assistant U.S. Attorney,  1982-1987. Litigation Counsel of America, 2000-Present. Board Certified  Trial Advocate (Criminal Law), National Board of Trial Advocacy.   Instructor, U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, 1987.  Congressional Staff Aide to Congressman William E. Minshall, 1973-1975.  Assistant Law Director, 1993-1994 and Law Director, 1994-1995, City of  Westlake, Ohio. Law Director, Village of Grafton, Ohio, 1994-1998,  1999-2010.  Counsel to the Board of Public Affairs, Village of LaGrange,  Ohio, 1994-1996. Assistant Law Director/Assistant Prosecutor, City of  Lakewood, Ohio, 1991-1992.  Adjunct Professor of Law; Case Western  Reserve University, School of Law, 2002-2010.  Cleveland-Marshall  College of Law, 1991-2000.  Legal Commentator: NBC; ABC; CNN.

Born: Cleveland, OH, 1950

Civil Litigation Cases

Village of Grafton vs. Ohio Edison Company, et al.  77  Ohio St. 3d 102, 671 N.E. 2d 241 (1996); Village of Grafton v. Ohio  Edison Company, et al.  100 Ohio App. 3d 327, 653 N.E. 2d 1254 (9th  Dist. 1995).