Graduated from Spencerport High School in 1966, Monroe Community College in 1968 and Brockport State in 1970. At MCC I was on the soccer team and played in two NJCAA National championships. At Brockport I was President of the Student Government and selected for Chancellor Gould’s Chancellor’s Panel of University Purposes, a semester as SUNY Ombudsman. While in Albany, got drafted, enlisted in the Navy April 1970 as a Seaman Recruit. Graduated from Brockport with a degree in Economics, December 1970. Promoted to Seaman Apprentice and then Seaman. Went to Officer Candidate School, graduating July 1971 and commissioned an Ensign. Active duty tours of duty included, NAVFAC Grand Turk, TWI, USS Finback SSN670, NAVFAC Keflavik, Iceland, and USS Sample DE1048 as gunnery officer in Vietnam, discharged in August 1974, having been promoted to LTJG and then LT. Stayed in the Reserves and retired as a Captain in August 2001 after having 6 commands and my last 6 years as Deputy Commander, Central United States for all NAVSECGRU units between Detroit to Denver, Mexico to Canada. Earned Oceanographic Systems, Surface Warfare pins, NAO wings with VPU-1 and numerous personal awards. Attended University of Colorado in the MBA program, left in September 1975 to attend Lewis University College of Law, graduating February 1978. Admitted to Illinois Bar May 1978, Colorado Bar in September 1978 and the United States Supreme Court in June 2003.
Married in 1975, three children, Embry, 1981 (graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) currently an airline pilot working for NASA; Colin, 1983, (graduate of Regis University) currently a paralegal and law clerk and Krystyn, “Kricket” 1985, (graduate of University of Oregon and Masters, University of Colorado) a teacher with Denver Public Schools. I am in the private practice of law with emphasis in probate and the Deputy Public Administrator for Jefferson County, Colorado. I have three offices, Lakewood, Littleton and Granby. I taught skiing for the National Sports Center for the Disabled for 25 years and currently have a lifetime pass to Winter Park Resort. Colin and Kricket are teaching there now. I am on the Board and Secretary of Adaptive Adventures, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity; and on the Board and former President of Colorado Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado Bar Association.
Currently, I sit on 9 Boards of Directors and an active member of 18 organizations. Commute between my homes in Granby and Lakewood, practice law in three offices in addition to being a mediator, expert witness and supervising attorney for the University of Denver Law School Wills lab.