Born in Youngstown, Ohio, I first came to Cincinnati in 1973 to earn my degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, I went to Law School at George Washington University in Washington DC, where I met my wife and native Cincinnatian, Joanne. After serving two years as a Technical Advisor on the Federal Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, my wife and I moved back to Cincinnati where we raised our son Jonathan and I spent 31 years practicing patent law at Wood, Herron & Evans until my early retirement. Over the course of my career, I’ve been proud to have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for my practice, being listed among “Best Lawyers in America” for nearly half of my career here, and also recognized as “Cincinnati Best Lawyers Patent Law Lawyer of the Year” shortly before my retirement.
Retiring has allowed me to give back to the community here in Cincinnati that has given me so much. I’ve worked as a tutor and mentor at Hays-Porter Elementary, Scholar House, and the Academy of World Languages. I also serve on the Board of the American Jewish Committee, the Board of the Downtown Residents Council, the Catholic Diocese Immigration Task Force, Steering Committee of the Immigrant Dignity Coalition, a founding Board Member of the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, and served on Mayor Cranley’s Immigration Task Force. I’m also a graduate of the FBI Citizen Academy.
I’m running because I believe it’s time for me to give back again. Recent events at City Hall convince me that integrity needs to be restored in public service and on City Council. I am not running for personal gain or enrichment, but am running to restore trust in our local government and to help grow and improve our community. To that end, I pledge to donate my Council paychecks to local charities that advance education, job training, and job creation right here at home.