After leaving my position as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia over twenty-seven years ago, I focused my legal practice on defending nursing home providers in malpractice lawsuits in the D.C. metropolitan area and across the country. In doing so, I learned in great detail not only how those cases are prosecuted and defended, but also how plaintiff’s counsel and providers evaluate them for settlement purposes. My extensive experience in defending nursing home cases proved to be one of my strongest assets once I began representing plaintiffs in those cases, as I now regularly do.
I have tried over fifty cases to verdict in my career, and I enjoy few things more than being in front of a jury. However, my goal in litigating any case is to evaluate it as quickly as possible in order to determine whether it can be resolved early on in a manner that makes sense for both sides. This approach promotes closure for all parties and reduces the often wasteful and unnecessary fees and costs involved in protracted litigation. Still, if early resolution of a case is not possible, I welcome the opportunity to take it to trial or arbitration. My most recent nursing home jury trial resulted in a satisfactory settlement for my client just prior to the closing arguments. My most recent nursing home arbitration resulted in an award that was 100% in my client’s favor after opposing counsel steadfastly refused to engage in meaningful settlement discussions.
In addition to litigating cases at the trial level, I also have extensive experience handling appeals, as well. I have briefed and argued appeals in numerous state courts around the country as well as in six federal circuits.
Given my strong belief in the benefits of early dispute resolution, I have completed the arbitration and mediation training programs sponsored by the American Health Lawyer’s Association (“AHLA”) and have served as both an arbitrator and mediator in nursing home and other cases.
Before I went to law school, I worked as house painter, a laborer on gas pipelines and concrete crews, a carpenter, and a roughneck on an oil rig. I believe that that background, together with my educational and professional experience, has helped me to appreciate and relate to clients and jurors from all walks of life.
Picking the right lawyer to represent you in a significant lawsuit may be one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make. For that reason, you should take the time to get to know your prospective counsel and to make sure that he or she is the best fit for you. In order to assist you in that process, I offer free legal consultations. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience should you wish to discuss your case with me.