Seasoned attorney with 35 years of experience in legal matters ranging from commercial litigation to distressed mergers & acquisitions to corporate governance best practices. NACD Governance Fellow®. Decades of counseling boards of directors and senior management in distressed situations.
Executive leadership accomplishments in business and philanthropy. Instrumental in the growth of my current law firm from $20 million to $383 million in revenue over the last 20 years, and shepherding the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for seven difficult years.
Qualities of integrity, creativity, credibility and a passion for progress in strategic governance and risk management evident in all efforts and outcomes. In 2017, my knowledge and creative application of a novel state law remedy salvaged $2 million in net income for the Symphony.
Inter-personal skills include a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals and constituencies. Responsive, knowledgeable, creative and practical. Fosters a culture of teamwork and collegiality.
Dedicated to community service, including pro bono legal services for individuals and entities.
Canadian born, U.S. citizen, holding passports from each country.
Firm growth from 40 lawyers in 1999 to more than 675 in 2021. 2021 revenues: $400 million. My practice is a rich mix of: providing guidance to management and boards of directors in distressed situations; business sales and other transactions; and litigation in state and federal courts. As a result, I am well versed in: finance; contracts; governance; employment; intellectual property; litigation; and real estate. Also, as a result of my decades of personal experience serving on non-profit boards of directors, I am entirely conversant with their legal issues such as: governance best practices; local government finance; criminal law; fundraising; employment; and tax-exempt activities.
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI
Active in and committed to a myriad of community and environmental support and services including: roadside clean up, community foundations, weekend food for school children in need, reading and tutoring. Enjoy and actively support the arts, echoing the sentiment: “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Married 31 years; father of two adult children. Devotee of long-distance hiking since 2017, having enjoyed Wainwright’s (U.K.) Coast to Coast, Austria’s Lechweg and am looking forward to Ireland’s Wicklow Way and Machu Picchu.