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Lawyer by Training, Writer by Nature, Storyteller at Heart

I can be described as a “recovering lawyer” turned novelist who has enjoyed a career as diverse as the world in my first novel.  An award-winning columnist for Dow Jones’ National Business Employment Weekly and its online successor, Career Journal, for over two decades, I have now turned my heart and hand to writing fiction. 


A graduate of Harvard Law School, with a Master’s degree in communications from Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, I was a trial lawyer in a large Philadelphia law firm and then a federal prosecutor responsible for complex criminal investigations and high-profile prosecutions.  Later, I became legal counsel to Pennsylvania’s mental hospitals and mental retardation centers before being named Director of Communications for a multi-billion-dollar government agency.


In a mid-career shift, I became an executive coach and recognized national authority on career management.  As a Certified Master Coach, I have counseled scores of senior executives, attorneys and high-performing project teams on leadership and professional development.  

My articles and nonfiction writing have appeared in numerous legal and business publications, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Law 360, and The Edge International Review. I wrote the Dow Jones National Business Employment Weekly Premier Guide to Networking and the Bala Creative Group’s Haiku Talks Business, and am co-author of the American Bar Association’s Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers.

I live in suburban Philadelphia with my extraordinary wife and a “variety pack” of three spectacularly gonzo dogs.

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