Like so many others, opportunity and circumstance brought me to the Hudson Valley. In late autumn of 2000, I received word that I passed the New York State bar exam. That day there was an advertisement in the Law Journal for a legal aid attorney. I responded and after interviewing was offered the position.
The first days of 2001 saw me placing my belongings on to the passenger seat of my old pickup and heading to the Catskills. As a staff attorney to Sullivan County Legal Aid, I was placed in small courts and mentored by two attorneys. One attorney is currently a New York State Supreme Court Justice. The other is Executive Director of the Sullivan County Legal Aid Panel, Inc.
Things did not go according to plan. In my mind, I was to gain experience and then venture to New York City. Time went by and my caseload and responsibility increased. And as the years passed, I never left the region.
In addition to my private practice, I maintain a contract with the Sullivan County Legal Aid Panel, Inc. representing indigent individuals accused of crimes in various Courts throughout Sullivan County. Additionally, I am the attorney in charge of New York State Parole Revocation matters in Sullivan County.
In 2000, when I arrived as a new attorney in the Hudson Valley, I had little idea where my career would take me. In retrospect, I was lucky to have an opportunity to work with and against many brilliant lawyers and some pretty good Judges.
With every case I take on, I have one goal. That goal is to pursue justice.