As an attorney I advocate for the goals of my clients. But counseling comes first: not how but whether to act. I can’t be a mindless gun for hire: that avoids my own responsibility and poorly serves clients. At the same time, I strive not to impose my own values. Really, attorneys are just social janitors: we organize things and clean up messes.

Trial experience — dealing with disputes that end up in court — has honed my sensibilities. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., said it best: “The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law.” Legal advice not regularly challenged in court is mostly philosophy.

For 19 years, I trained at a Zen Buddhist monastery and worked as a carpenter. I then completed a BA in American Studies from the University at Buffalo, a law degree from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Masters from the Colorado School of Public Health. Click here to see my diplomas.

I enjoy crosswording, bicycling, and playtime with kids. Click here to see me from a child’s point of view.

Affiliations

Legal
Courts of Colorado (admitted 1991)
Colorado Federal District Court (admitted 1993)
Colorado Federal Bankruptcy Court (admitted 1993)
Courts of Massachusetts (admitted 1991)
Colorado & Denver Bar Associations (joined 1991)
Health Law Section Executive Council (2006 – 2007)
Colorado Board of Pharmacy Member (2019)

Ethics
UC Hospital Medical Ethics Committee (since 1999)
Mercy Medical Center Ethics Committee (1994 – 1995)
Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum Board (2016 – 2017)
Life Quality Institute (Palliative Ed) Board (2013 – 2014)

Academic
UC Forensic Psychiatry Program faculty (since 2006)
UC Center for Bioethics and the Humanities faculty (since 2004)
Senior Editor, Health Law Column, the Colorado Lawyer (since 2006)

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