Chair, Pretrial Release Project Advisory Committee, Court of Appeals, 2000-01. Member, Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2011-16. Character Committee, Second Appellate Circuit of Maryland, 2011-16.
Member, Ethics Commission, Baltimore County, 2015-16.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 30, 1951. Attended St. Paul's School for Boys, Brooklandville, Maryland; University of Virginia, B.A., 1973; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1979; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1980; U.S. Supreme Court, 1986; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1991. Law clerk to Judge Austin W. Brizendine, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 1978-79. Cook, Howard, Downes & Tracy, 1980-89; Venable, LLP, 1989-2016. Member, American Bar Association, 1980-; Maryland State Bar Association, 1980- (board of governors, 1985-86; member, litigation section, 1989-); Baltimore County Bar Association, 1980- (executive council, 1987-98; president, 1996-97); Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., 1998-2016. Life member, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1997-. Member, Dean's Advisory Council, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1999-. President, St. Paul's School for Boys Alumni Association, 1984-88. Board of Trustees, St. Paul's School for Boys, 1994-2006. Member, Dissenters Law Club; Wednesday Law Club; Lawyers' Roundtable. Distinguished Alumnus Award, St. Paul's School for Boys, 2000. Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award for Outstanding Service, Baltimore County Bar Association, 2006. Top-Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts, American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell, 2013. Honorable Herbert F. Murray Lifetime Achievement Award, Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., 2018.
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