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Although I spent the majoroity of my career in Memphis, I am actually a native of Nutley, New Jersey.  A graduate of Davidson College, I was an avid participant on the track/cross country teams (team captain for 2 years and scholar/athlete award winner) and a member of the Delta Chapter of Kappa Sigma.  Spent my year before law school as a paralegal at a large NY law firm before going to Cumberland for my JD, where I was Articles Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and a Semi-Finalist in the 1993 National Moot Court Competition at Duke University. 


I've served as in-house counsel for broker/dealers, investment advisers and hedge funds.  This experience gives me the ability to view things from a business/risk point of view.  My clients include all sorts of participants in the capital markets -- brokers, advisers, funds, investors, family offices, institutions etc., both on the securities and commodities side.


Arbitration of securities disputes and hedge fund related work take up most of my time at present.  I am a chairperson trained arbitrator for the National Futures Association, FINRA and the London Court of International Arbitration. 


I am thrilled to be a part of the new DC offices of Phillips Lytle, having the resources of over 200 professionals to assist in serving my clients here in the US and abroad.



Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


  1. Securities & Investment Fraud: 40%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Securities Offerings: 20%



Hourly ($425-500/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Phillips Lytle, LLP

800 17th St NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC, 20005


NYCurrently registered 200903/13/2015
DCActive 200505/24/2015
WYAuthorized to practice law200508/27/2015
ARAuthorized to practice199510/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Articles EditAmerican Journal of Trial Advocacy1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselDilworth Paxson, LLP2009 - Present
CounselBaker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Monica Junior Chamber of CommercePresident2002 - 2003
SIFMAMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Securities litigation and arbitrationN/A
Hedge fund formationSuccess
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dilworth Paxson WebsiteUnderstanding Custody - Segregated & Non-Segregated Accounts2011
Dilworth Paxson WebsiteSEC Approves New Rule Defining "Family Office"2011
American Journal of Trial AdvocacyThe Use of Experts in Securities Arbitration1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJuris Doctor1993
Davidson CollegePolitical ScienceA.B.1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mid-South Alternative Investment Association Quarterly Conference, MemphisDodd Frank and Hedge Fund Regulation2011
CFA Institute of AustinDue Diligence of Alternative Investment Managers2010