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Through my service in the Marine Corps, four years as a patrol officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and 45 years as a trial lawyer in the Washington, D.C. area, I have “been around the barn.”

Since being admitted to the practice of law in Virginia in 1976, I have tried more than 300 jury cases and handled thousands of other cases of every conceivable type. In 1985, I became a partner with the firm of Johnson & Roche in McLean, Virginia. My practice has been principally litigation with a focus on tort litigation along with substantial involvement in commercial litigation, real estate litigation and domestic relations litigation.

My interest in writing fiction ties in with my interest in the study of history.  The main character in the Prohibition series is not a historical character but he acts as part of some historical events including the race riot of July 19, 1919 in Washington, D.C.  Most of the other events are purely fictional but many of the characters of course are not.  The existence of the Liberator boats is fact-based as these watercrafts were constructed as part of the U.S. war effort in Europe.  The integration of fact and fiction is always tricky but hopefully these novels instill some further interest in the reader in this historical era and in further historical exploration.


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