ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
They say that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but that’s kind of boring if you ask me. There are plenty of lawyers who finished college, went to law school, started practicing law, and have done nothing else in their careers.
That’s not me.
It started that way. I went to college at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), then law school at Boston University, and then I practiced law for 7 years, mostly in Boston. At that point, I decided I wanted to see what it was like to be the client, so I went back to school and got an MBA from Indiana University. Then I started a coffee and tea import business in San Francisco, and after that I purchased and ran a picture framing franchise. How many lawyers are there that have framed an original Andy Warhol painting of Chairman Mao, or a collection of original conceptual artwork and storyboards from the Star Wars films? And now I’m back to law, running my own firm, and helping startups and entrepreneurs start and run their businesses.
This experience running multiple businesses informs my work as a lawyer for my clients. I’ve dealt with the same issues as a business owner – making payroll, putting together marketing, finding and leasing space. This gives me a much deeper understanding and insight than the average lawyer, who typically focuses only on “what does the statute say.”
I’ve lived in Ann Arbor, Boston, Bloomington, Chicago, Santa Fe, and San Francisco, and I now live in Cincinnati, my hometown. I collect photography, play piano, go to concerts (classical, jazz, rock, country), read spy novels and thrillers, and travel when I can.