I am a native of Rutland, Vermont, and attended Duke University and graduated from what is now Castleton University before obtaining my JD degree from Washington & Lee University in 1974. I became admitted in 1974 in Vermont and practiced in Rutland until 1999, although I continue to have an active license in Vermont. I became admitted in 1999 in New York State, and have been practicing in Lake Placid since that time. I am a former member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, the Commercial Law League, Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, and the Vermont Inns of Court. I am past president of the Essex County Bar Association. I was also active in Rotary Club, and am a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Killington (VT) Rotary Club. A longtime resident of the Town of Mendon, Vermont, I served for 17 years as the chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment there.