What made you decide to become a lawyer? Was there a defining moment for you?
Dating back to first grade, I always wanted to be a lawyer. I grew up in the 70s and followed the Watergate hearings, which inspired me to major in political science. In college, I spent a semester in Washington, DC, as an intern for the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which exposed me to the debates and compromises in making laws.
What do you love about Nixon Peabody? What do you think makes Nixon Peabody stand out?
Nixon Peabody has an incredible depth of knowledge. There isn’t a single question I’ve asked that has gone unanswered. I am constantly learning something new daily in different areas of the law from my colleagues.
What is a long-term goal of yours?
Be happy. Enjoy life.
What is your most memorable moment/proudest accomplishment as a lawyer?
When I was a junior associate, I tried my first case for Brown University, working with a mentor of mine. I cross-examined the plaintiff’s expert and I prepared thoroughly. Our client’s longtime GC called me afterwards to thank me for doing an impressive job, and it taught me two things: I always have to be very prepared in court, and client appreciation makes it all worthwhile.
What was your first job?
I was a cook and a cleaner at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
What are you passionate about outside of your legal practice. Are you active in any organizations/causes? Any sports or hobbies you’re passionate about?
I am passionate about youth sports, thanks to my son. My son started umpiring when he was 9 and this was something we did together until he went to college. I became president of my hometown’s baseball league, Cranston League for Cranston’s Future, and I served on the board of directors for a city-wide youth organization that oversees 15 different sports in my community.
Something most people don’t know about me is I’ve umpired close to 1,000 youth baseball games with my son, and these are some of my best memories as a father.
What or who inspires you and why?
My wife and I attended the same junior high school, but we didn’t know each other. Fourteen years later, we met on a blind date and realized that she was the cheerleader who had my name in the 9th grade basketball team’s roll call. We were engaged two months later and will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in October. She has been my soul mate who has always stood by me with strength and a smile.
What is your favorite movie and why?
The Godfather. It has one of my favorite quotes in movie history: “It’s not personal. It’s strictly business.” I’ve used this quote in closing arguments to juries.
What is your favorite travel destination and why?
My alma mater Notre Dame. My son currently goes to school there as a junior. Notre Dame is my second home away from home. Go Irish!