10,000+ Criminal Cases In Nearly Four Decades
1972 Colgate University, Graduated, Bachelor’s Degree in History
1973 United States Marine Corps (USMC), Enlisted Military Captain
1974 USMC Certified Court Martial Prosecutor
1978 Graduated from the Naval Justice School
1978 Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Earned Juris Doctorate
1978 Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association (passed the bar exam, first time*)
1978-1986 USMC, Judge Advocate General: Defending and Prosecuting Military Crimes
1984-1986 Assigned Duties As A Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii
1985 Licensed to Practice Law in Hawaii
1986 Judge Clerk for Allegheny County State Court of Common Pleas Judge
198? Prosecutor, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
1986-2013 Assistant Public Defender, Allegheny County Public Defender
1986-2016 Private Criminal Defense Law Practice, Pennsylvania
I began my legal career with the United States Marine Corps in 1978 as a certified Judge advocate. While attending law school, I was certified as a non-lawyer prosecutor and assigned duties where I tried or participated in the prosecution of more than 300 special courts-martial. Following my career in the Marine Corps, I served as trial counsel, Assistant District Attorney, with Allegheny County. After leaving the district attorney’s office, I clerked for a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division. Upon beginning my court clerk position. I also created a private criminal defense practice and, subsequently, began my next career with the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender where I worked for 27 years representing the poor and indigent until 2015. During my career at the Public Defender’s office, I was assigned to defend all types of cases as trial defense counsel averaging 300 or more cases yearly. As a result of all that, what I have to offer is hard to beat experience because. With nearly four decades doing what I do, I know well the intricacies of working within the legal system and how to most effectively strategize on your behalf.
What does that mean to you? It means you can be confident that you will get top notch experienced—10,000+ CASES UNDER MY BELT—criminal defense integrated with tough, intelligent skills supported by zealous, dedicated and focused attention. Have you yet seen a law firm’s website which doesn’t claim how experienced they are? No one facing criminal charges is going to hire an attorney who says he’s not experienced. Right? So any attorney can honestly say he’s experienced even if he’s only experienced at trying one case. On the other hand, I back up my claims with my decades of experience handling every type of criminal case.
Keep in mind when you're considering another attorney that unlike with some other law firms when you think you’re hiring “The Attorney,” your case may be passed off to other less experienced attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants.Not so when you hire me.I HANDLE EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR CASE FROM START TO FINISH WITH MY PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH AND EVERY DETAIL. NO PARALEGALS. NO LEGAL ASSISTANTS. ALL ME IS WHAT YOU GET. What’s more, I care. I worked in the public defender’s office for 27 years while maintaining a successful private practice because I believe every defendant deserves effective, competent representation, and I carry the same zealousness into my private practice.
HIGH PROFILE TO “LIGHTER” CASES ~ CAPITAL MURDER (DEATH PENALTY BOUND), HOMICIDE, ROBBERY, RAPE, ASSAULT, THEFT, DRUG TRAFFICKING, DRUG CONVICTIONS, INTERNET CRIME, CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, DUI, THEFT, STALKING, HARASSMENT, TRESPASSING, ANIMAL CRUELTY, STUDENT CRIMES, SPORTING EVENT ARRESTS
While I’ve handled some of the highest profile cases in Western Pennsylvania, every case is equally important to me. Whether it’s a simple theft or possession case or you’ve been charged with a homicide where the district attorney intends to pursue the death penalty, I devote the exact appropriate concern and care that each one deserves. I know it’s your life and freedom at stake, and that’s what’s most important to me.
Contact Me Anytime Day or Night, Any Day of the Week, All Year, Even Holidays!
10,000+ CASES OF HARD CORE, HARD WORKING EXPERIENCE UNDER MY BELT
Available 24 / 7 412.969.9541