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I majored in music in undergraduate school, specializing in voice and French horn. I was a music teacher for awhile, and finally determined that music made a better avocation then a vocation. So, while music became my hobby, I became a computer programmer. I specialized in small computer financial systems. This led to jobs as a programmer, software consultant, support department manager, and IT director. For music, I sang in church choirs. The most notable of these was the Trinity Choir of Trinity Church, in Copley Square in Boston. As a member of that choir, I participated in two tours oversees (to England and to Central Europe) and several recordings. My father always said that music is not a spectator sport, and I've always lived by that creed.
I attended Suffolk Law School and graduated in 2007. My first legal job was for a firm that specialized in workers' compensation. My main role was to write appeal briefs to the Reviewing Board of the Department of Industrial Accidents. I wrote over 85 of these briefs, which is an extraordinary number. Since October of 2008, fully a quarter of all Reviewing Board decisions have been on issues in which I filed a brief. This unusual experience has given me a deep understanding of workers' compensation law. I have since gone on to represent clients at all branches and levels of the DIA. I'm trying to make a difference, one person at a time.
In 2009, I helped a friend through a chapter 7 bankruptcy. I have since worked on developing a bankruptcy practice in order to help people in financial distress get through tough times. Again, hoping to do what I can to make a difference for people.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Deans List||Suffolk Law School||2007|
|Deans List||Suffolk Law School||2006|
|Oral Advocacy Award||Suffolk Law School||2006|
|Deans List||Suffolk Law School||2005|
|Attorney||Rubin, Rubin & Wilcox||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of James Riley Hodder||2009 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||Ellis & Associates||2007 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Essex County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Deborah Dean v. Access Nurses, Inc.||Decision of the Admin. Judge reversed, recommitted|
|Jerrold R. Sicotte v. Land Air Express of Vermont||Decision vacated and recommitted|
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|Suffolk University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|