As a seasoned attorney with eighteen years of legal experience, I am comfortable in the courtroom and the boardroom. I became an attorney in order to help people and to bring quality, affordable legal representation to individuals and businesses alike. Everyone deserves a zealous advocate who is willing to fight relentlessly to achieve the best results for their circumstances. I will be that advocate for you.
I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn. I attended the City University of New York’s John Jay College for undergraduate studies and I graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May, 1997. After law school I clerked for the Honorable Bonita J. Dancy at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City before joining the State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender in September, 1998. At the Public Defender’s office I represented hundreds of indigent juveniles and adults charged with criminal offenses ranging from DUI and other traffic offenses to robbery, carjacking and murder.
After leaving the Public Defender’s office, I entered the private practice of law where I handled white-collar criminal defense and personal injury cases, including excessive force cases filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. While in private practice I represented one of the first individuals charged with a criminal offense in connection with the theft of millions of dollars by officials of the Baltimore City Public Schools.
I joined the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office in 2004. There I litigated complex civil matters in the local and federal courts, including construction negligence and police excessive force cases. While employed at the Solicitor’s office, I served as a Board Assistant on the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners where I actually wrote the Bar Exam. From 2005 – 2008, I wrote essay questions which appeared on the Maryland Bar Examination and the Practicing Attorney’s Bar Examination. I also assisted in crafting the Board’s analysis of the answers to bar essay questions and graded completed exams.
After leaving the Baltimore City Solicitor’s office, I served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. In that capacity I litigated complex employment discrimination and constitutional claims in defense of the District of Columbia government. I was promoted to Chief of Civil Litigation Section II at the Office of the Attorney General in 2011 and held that position until September of 2015. I managed a team of up to eleven attorneys, four paralegals, and an administrative assistant and supervised over two hundred cases, including complex employment discrimination matters, whistleblower protection act cases, police excessive force cases, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act cases, and other constitutional matters.
In addition to teaching a course where I help law school graduates acquire the skills needed to pass the Maryland Bar Exam, I have taught at the National Association of Attorney’s General Training and Research Institute and a Trial Advocacy course at Georgetown Law School for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
“Mere access to the courthouse doors does not, by itself, assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.” –Thurgood Marshall
I believe everyone is entitled to the highest level of legal representation possible. I believe in fighting for my clients to achieve their desired results. And I believe in serving my clients to the best of my ability. Do not attempt to access the courthouse doors without proper legal representation.
|Litigation Chief||DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WASHINGTON, D.C.||2007 - 2015|
|Assistant Solicitor||BALTIMORE CITY LAW DEPARTMENT||2004 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maryland State Bar Association||N/A||2016 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||N/A||2008 - Present|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|NITA Trial Advocacy Course||Trial Advocacy||2016|
|Introduction to Section 1983 Litigation||Introduction to 42 U.S.C. § 1983||2015|
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