I was born and raised on Long Island, the son of public school teachers. I graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School, and earned my undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 1986 from SUNY Stony Brook. I attended Hofstra University School of Law, where I was editor of the Hofstra Environmental Law Digest, and earned my law degree in 1989. I was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990, and started my own practice in 1992.
Since handling my own divorce twenty years ago, I have devoted my practice to matrimonial and family law on Long Island, representing business owners, executives, teachers, police officers, doctors, attorneys, homemakers, union members, and firefighters. I am remarried, and live in Suffolk County with my wife, our two children, and my teenaged stepdaughter. My son from my first marriage is a successful college student.