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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 LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Davidson CollegePolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1989
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