I was born in Rochester, New York. Lived there until about 10. Moved to Westfield, Massachusetts. Lived there until I went in the U.S. Navy in 1987.
In the Navy I was a Boatswain’s Mate. I worked in the Deck Division on an Aircraft Carrier, the U.S.S. Saratoga CV-60. I chipped a lot of paint and did a lot of painting. I did a temporary duty tour for 4 months aboard the U.S.S. Nassau LHA-4, where I went on a N.A.T.O. North Atlantic cruise. Good times.
After the Navy I went to college at the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at New Paltz. I joined Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and played rugby. I spent one semester abroad in London, England and Eurorailed around Europe. I graduated from there in 1993.
After New Paltz, I went to law school at Georgetown in D.C. Had a great time and even got to spend one summer in Florence, Italy.
After that, I went in the Army JAG Corps (as an attorney for the Army) for three years. I was stationed at Fort Irwin, California, which is in the middle of the Mojave Desert, halfway between L.A. and Las Vegas. I did legal assistance for soldiers and their families, and also did labor and employment law dealing with the department of the Army federal civilian employees who worked on base.
After that, I chose to move to Rochester, New York (where I am originally from) to be near my mom and dad. I worked at a 100+ attorney firm here in Rochester, NY for about 3 1/2 years right after getting out of the army. I worked in litigation, doing mainly employment discrimination litigation, but also other general litigation, including asbestos defense work, building design-defect defense, and general tort defense stuff. I also worked in the labor department, doing contract negotiations, union organizing campaigns, and arbitrations.
I then came to work for the City of Rochester, where I do general litigation - including all of City's employment discrimination litigation - police cases (false arrest, excessive force) and the like. I also represent the City in commercial building tax assessment challenges and work with the Police and Fire departments doing their disability stuff (they have their own system and are not in workers' comp for firefighters and police officers)
I got married in April, 2006. Her name is Karen, she is from Rochester, and she is also an attorney. She went to Syracuse law (where she was 2nd in her class). She is 30. We met while we both worked at the firm, but did not start dating until years later, when we had both left the firm. She no longer practices law, she is the Director of Human Resources for a B.O.C.E.S., which is kind of like a school district.
We are expecting our first child in September. We have not found out the gender yet.