I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. I have studied ballet, jazz and dancing since I was 3 years old and pursued this hobby with great passion.
As a dance enthusiast, I very much enjoy the visual arts as well, including watercolor painting, floral sketching and detailed magic marker coloring, using a multitude of colors and different shades or primary colors in the color wheel. I find that this artistic expression stimulates my imagination and creativity which is vital characteristics to a Plaintiff's personal injury lawyer. I am a self taught artist.
Other hobbies I find my guilty pleasure are collecting and reading business books, legal books, art books, dance books, literature books, poetry and cookbooks.
I am a self taught home cook. Thus, the cookbooks assist me in making delicious meals for my self and others. It is my belief that cooking teaches a person self reliance. Everyone should have some self reliant skills to live a better quality of life.
Both the performing arts and visual arts have played a big part of my life. I love being a lawyer and find it very interesting and enjoy working with all different people from all walks of life.I believe my artistic background, thirst for life long knowledge and love for people contribute the impetus for me to strive as hard as I can to be a strong advocate to enforce and protect the rights of others.
I became a lawyer at age 50. I worked as a paralegal during the day while attending law school at night. I worked full time through the entire law school process which took 5 years to complete. It was day and night and every day was a study day including holidays. Law school was a test of endurance and self-discipline traits I learned early in life from the visual and performing arts.
EDUCATION AND LAW CREDENTIALS
I attended the University of Connecticut and received a Paralegal Certificate in Legal Studies in 1994. I graduated Pine Manor College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. I attended Quinnipiac University School of Law and received a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2004. At Law School I received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for Computer and Internet Law. I was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in October of 2005.
I have practiced in the field of Personal Injury Law , first as a paralegal in 1994, and then as an attorney since 2005. I in my capacity as a paralegal and an attorney have handled hundreds of accident cases, and most recently am involved with Mass Tort Litigation and Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases. I have represented Plaintiff's in State Courts throughout Connecticut.
I was invited (by invitation only) to join the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 of 2014 and is a member of the Mass Tort Litigation Section. I am a member of the Broward County Bar Association and its Elder Law Section in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I am licensed to Practice Law in Federal Courts in Connecticut and New York City. Currently, I am as member of the US Federal District Court in Connecticut, US Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York which includes New York City and White Plains, and the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.