My Detailed Bio
I have worked simultaneously as a lawyer, an executive, and a novelist with an early stint as a bureaucrat.
My diverse career began with my appointment as Warden of Insurance of the State of Ohio at age 23. In that position I initiated possibly the first challenge to America’s inefficient health care delivery system and its cost implications.
As General Counsel to California Rural Legal Assistance I filed a suit which blocked Governor Reagan’s evisceration of health assistance for the working poor, and that same year brought a suit against the U. S. Department of Labor which terminated the federal government’s program to bring temporary farm workers from Mexico.
I drafted and got bi- partisan support for the passage of the first law penalizing the knowing hiring of illegal entrants. I was a member of the founding board of the New Israel Fund and helped to shape its unique structure.
An investment in a wind turbine turned into a 25 year ongoing alternative career as an executive in a wind energy development company and a role in the largest wind energy project in the history of the industry. I have published five novels with excellent critical reviews as well as articles dealing with public policy.
I value loyalty, continuity in relationships and the benefit of accommodating to other people’s needs. I’ve been an unorthodox lawyer and business executive, willing to absorb professional risk for a client, surgical in problem solving, and reasonable in my fees. I’m always open to new ideas and activities.
I play singles tennis, sail, garden, do yoga, sing in the Oakland Symphony Chorus, and serve on the boards of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, School of Engineering and the Berkeley Art Center.