Professional Background

I have been in the private practice of law since 1974, with offices on Broadway in Bedford from 1974 to 1985, in Bedford Heights from 1985 to 2004, and in Suffield Township, Portage County, since May, 2004..

I graduated from Bedford High School in 1968. I studied economics at the James Madison College of Michigan State University, where I was admitted to the honorary society of Phi Beta Kappa. I graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in 1971. In 1998, I was elected a trustee of the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa.

I attended the Law School of Case Western Reserve University, where I graduated in 1974. I was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Ohio on April 27, 1974.

I have served in public office in two capacities. I was elected to the Board of Education of the Bedford City School District in 1971 and served a four-year term in that office. In 1975, I was elected to the Council of the City of Bedford Heights and was re-elected in 1979 and again in 1983.

My clients are ordinary people - individuals, families, and small businesses. I provide each of my clients with my personal attention to their legal needs - I use no "paralegals" or junior assistants. I take my responsibility to each client seriously, "Defending the Constitution, One Citizen at a Time." From time to time, it becomes necessary to take a client's case to the Court of Appeals to make certain the client is properly protected. I have counselled several successful appeals cases, some involving interpretation of the Ohio DUI law and the Ohio DUS law, and some involving sorting out ownership of property in Probate cases. My most recent cases in Courts of Appeals have involved defendaing homeowners in foreclosure cases.

I am a member of the Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Each year, I attend a week-long seminar to ensure that I remain current on new laws enacted by the Ohio Legislature, and on new interpretations of old laws by Ohio courts.

I remain dedicated to preserving the system of justice that is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, whether or not it is politically popular to represent any particular client in any particular circumstance at any particular time.