The principle expressed in the maxim nulla poena sine lege (“no punishment without law”) guides my approach to the defense of a criminal matter. Assuming the postulate that no conduct is punishable unless specifically enjoined by a clearly enunciated law, my first great care thus when undertaking a criminal defense case is to ascertain whether the acts alleged actually constitute an offense. I operate under the motto that an effective defense begins with a careful review of the allegations in light of all pertinent statutes and case law. It is astounding how often the acts alleged by the prosecution are not criminal at all. If it convincingly can be demonstrated that the accusation is legally insupportable, the court must dismiss it.

Many years back, I worked for a grizzled veteran practitioner who incessantly exhorted me to “know the file.” By that he meant full familiarity with the facts and circumstances of a case are a prerequisite to providing effective assistance of counsel. Only through a painstaking study of all relevant documents and thorough investigation of the factual background, including thorough interviews with the client and witnesses, can this be achieved. If the client or witness cannot come to me, if necessary, I will go to him.

Often one hears the term “legal technicalities” uttered in derogatory tones. But I am of such belief that such “technicalities” must be respected, for procedure is the structure that supports the law, and it is procedure that guards against the arbitrary and capricious application of the law. And so the defense attorney must take every step to ensure strict observance to the rules of procedure.

The most terrifying branch of law is the criminal. Arrest is a degrading and humiliating experience, and conviction may result in loss of freedom, reduction in status, alienation from family and fiends, financial hardship, and indelible social stigmatization. With so much at risk, the defense of a criminal case should not be entrusted to an attorney merely conversant the law, but rather to a true advocate who will strive to work with you and your family towards knowing and understanding you and your particular circumstances and needs and developing the most effective defense.

Should you or a family member run afoul of the law, I stand ready to assist you to the very best of my ability.

Family law can intrude deep into the sphere of privacy. Under ordinary circumstances, family finance, methods of child rearing, relations between family members, and the like are purely private matters. When, however, the courts become involved, you may find yourself in the unhappy situation of having your most intimate affairs under judicial supervision. A judge, a complete stranger, may dictate how you allocate your money and other property; how, when, where, and under what circumstances you may see your own children; and the nature and character of the education you provide for your children. In extreme instances, the court may impose its own standards of housekeeping on you, or even forbid smoking in your own home.

The law of family and domestic relations intersects with many other legal fields: property, criminal and taxation among them. When seeking representation in a divorce or related manner, you should search for a lawyer with diverse experience, for with regard to family law, the general observation that jurisprudence is a comprehensive science is especially apt. I have more than two decades experience in handling a wide array of civil and criminal matters, and am ready to apply that experience in guarding your rights, freedom and property in any family and domestic relations matter, be it divorce, custody and visitation, support, neglect and abuse, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, or adoption.

Shelter being one of life’s indispensable needs, it is unsurprising that landlord-tenant court is forum to some of the most impassioned legal disputes. The prospect of eviction terrifies the tenant, and the landlord not receiving the rent he feels due sees himself as the victim of a parasite. Tempers often flare in landlord-tenant court, and so a party to a landlord-tenant proceeding must be represented by counsel informed in the law and all its nuances and complexities and, while still maintaining a calm and dignified demeanor, ready with steadfast determination to promote and protect his client’s interests. In landlord-tenant court self-representation is the highway to irreversible harm, while a bullying blowhard of a lawyer brings on further unnecessary and expensive conflict, hard feelings and infelicitous results.

Years of experience have taught me that knowledge of the law -- not empty swagger – is what yields a positive outcome in landlord-tenant court. Experience and knowledge are what I offer. Whether you are a tenant engaged in a dispute with your landlord, or a landlord with a troublesome tenant, I promise you effective representation at a reasonable fee.

Trite though the notion may be, accidents happen. And more often than not, accidents happen because one or more of the parties involved has failed to exercise the degree of care required under the circumstances. For example, an automobile never of its own free will and accord collides with another object. Rather, the cause of the accident may be traced to the inattention of the operator or the failure of the owner to maintain the vehicle in a good state of repair. In like manner, construction accidents tend to occur not through any fault of the workman, but instead, on account of hazardous working conditions caused solely by the acts or omissions of the builder and site owner.

If you have been injured in an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other transportation accident, bitten by a vicious and out-of-control dog, tripped and fallen on shoddily maintained premises, or been the victim of police misconduct or substandard medical care, call my office for a free consultation. I charge no fee unless I recover.