I focus my law practice on topics I enjoy, appellate litigation and gun law. People who like what they do go that extra mile. This is what my statewide and nationwide clients experience. Every client receives my personal attention. I am proud to offer approachability, attention to detail, and quality of service.
Appellate litigation requires superior analytical skills. The tenacity to examine a problem from all angles. I strive for a complete answer, not a fast answer, because that is what the appellate court asks of me. After all, my client's appeal is their last resort to ensure our legal system treated them fairly and that their Constitutional rights were protected.
Gun law is a passion of mine. Few delve below the surface to uncover the maze of State and federal laws and regulations, but I do. This is what I deliver and what my clients deserve. I offer a full suite of services, from gun crime to personal injury related to firearms to Second Amendment issues. I represent clients before administrative agencies and in the trial and appellate courts.
I offer my clients potential solutions and the opportunity to choose the answer that that is right for them. Sometimes the answer is a lot simpler than they thought.
I pride myself on the foundations of my entire career that define what I can accomplish for my clients. Before practicing law, I achieved notoriety in the field of electronic warfare, forensics and cyber security. My research, design, development, and project management skills translate into skills I apply to my law practice. From this diverse background my clients receive excellence in representation.
All Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Collaborative Law, by Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel
Mediation, by Divorce Mediation Training Associates
New England School of Law, Juris Doctor with honors
- • President Anna E. Hirsch Award
• New England Scholar Award
• Technical Editor, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement
• National Appellate Tax Moot Court Competition
University of Massachusetts, Master of Science, Mathematics
- Concentration: Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms & Number Theory
Worcester State College, Bachelor of Science with honors
- Major: Communications
American Bar Association: Judge, National Appellate Advocacy Competition
American Radio Relay League (ARRL): Volunteer Counsel Program
Massachusetts Bar Association: Appellate Bench Bar Committee
Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services: Post-Conviction and Criminal Appeals Panel
National Rifle Association (NRA): Benefactor Life Member
New England Law | Boston: Alumni Ambassador
Sample Appellate Results:
Commonwealth v. Clay, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1124 (2017) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision)
- Convictions reversed and case remanded for new trial because the prosecutor violated Mr. Clay's Constitutional rights by questioning his post-arrest silence in violation of Doyle v. Ohio.
In re Estate of Galatis, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 273 (2015)
- Defeated an appeal by a town in Greece contesting a Will on the grounds that the decedent lacked the requisite testamentary capacity at the time he executed his Will.
Ventrice v. Ventrice, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 190 (2015)
- Created new law: no trial court may condition an individual's access to the court upon pre-litigation mediation, to do so violates our Constitution. Further obtained a reversal of divorce custody orders.
Kelcourse v. Kelcourse, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 33 (2015)
- A prenuptial agreement will be held unenforceable on contract law principles when the husband's neglect of the principal residence leaves the wife a house with negative equity, with documented structural issues, with documented code violations, and with extremely costly needed repairs and renovations.
St. Dennis v. St. Dennis, 2014-J-0141 (2014) (interlocutory appeal)
- Reversed a pre-trial removal order that permitted the relocation of a child from Massachusetts to Arizona during a divorce case. The child was returned to Massachusetts and the custody dispute was placed back on equal footing for resolution at trial.
Swistak v. Stelmokas, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 11 (2013) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision)
- Reversed and remanded for trial the dismissal of this grandparent rights action where the trial judge incorrectly interpreted the grandparent visitation statute and denied the grandparent's Constitutional right to due process.
Publications & Presentations:
Author: Appeals Court Overturns Mandatory Pre-Litigation Mediation, published in the Family Mediation Quarterly by the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (14 Fam. Mediation Q. 3, Spring 2015).
Author: Rule 56(f): Precursor to a Substantive Opposition to Summary Judgment, published in the Massachusetts Law Review by the Massachusetts Bar Association (95 Mass. Law Rev. 171, June 2013).
Adjunct Professor, New England Law | Boston, Legal Research and Writing II (Appellate Advocacy), 2013.
Author: Information Security: A Business Necessity for Mediators, published in the Family Mediation Quarterly by the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (8 Fam. Mediation Q. 20, Summer 2009).
Seminar Chair/Presenter: Ready for Compliance? New Security Regulations Affecting All Collaborative Professionals, hosted by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel on February 26, 2009.