I did my undergraduate collegiate work at Michigan State University. I graduated from Michigan State, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration, with high honor, in 1978. I then went on to the University of Michigan Law School, from which I received my Juris Doctorate degree in 1985.
I began my career practicing law in 1985, initially working for two mid-sized law firms, then as a solo practitioner for seven years. I then moved on to become in-house corporate counsel for three businesses, and then came back into the private practice of law in 2007. Through this time and in these practice settings, I gained a breadth of knowledge and experience in the substantive law and in the practice of law that serves me well every day.
Over the years I focused my practice on transactional business, corporate and real estate matters, and I developed a particular expertise in commercial real estate transactions. I have engaged in sophisticated transactions involving real estate and business acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and management, as well as complex construction, development, general commercial, secured, banking and licensing transactions, along with corporate and other entity governance practice. My years in practice and particular focus and experience in transactional legal matters have brought me a high level of knowledge, expertise and competence in the areas in which I practice.
I live with my wife in Troy, Michigan. We have two grown daughters, both of whom we are extremely proud of, one being teacher and the other a social worker. I enjoy watching and participating in sports of all kinds, traveling and exercising.