ATTORNEY PROFILE

(1986-2014)

A-V rated

Admitted to Practice:

  • State and Federal trial and appeals courts of Florida, Pennsylvania
    and New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Arbitrator and Mediator:

  • State and Federal trial and appeals courts in Florida and Pennsylvania
  • Orange County Bar Association Arbitration Service (OCBAS)
    (Chairman 1993-94)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly
    National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).

Education:

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1982.
  • Villanova Law School, J.D., 1986;
    Law Review Associate Editor (1984-86)

Pro Bono Service:

  • Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children,
    Orange County Bar Legal Aid Society (1988-2014)
  • Judge J.C. “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award (2010)
  • The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (2011)

Selected Publications:  “The New Franchise Disclosure Document:  The Next Generation in Franchisee Protection,” The Briefs, Orange County Bar Association, Vol. 77, Nos. 2 & 3 (February and March 2009).  “Are Arbitrators Following the Law?,” Securities Arbitration 2001–How Do I Do It? How Do I Do It Better?, Practicing Law Institute, p. 113 (August 2001).  “Florida’s Challenge to the Authority of Arbitrators to Decide the Statute of Limitations,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXVI, No. 11, p. 62 (December 1992) and The Briefs, Orange County Bar Association, Vol. 31, No. 8, p. 4 (August 1992).  “Getting a Fair Hearing in Securities Arbitration:  The ‘AMEX Window’,” Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, ABA Section of Litigation Committee on ADR and Arbitration, Vol. 4, No. 1 (October 1991).  “Effect of Recusals On Voting for Rehearing In Banc,” Villanova Law Review, Vol. 30, Nos. 3-4, pp. 908 (1985).

Selected Lectures and Speaking Engagements:  “Securities Industry Compliance,” Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business (February 22, 2011).  “Opportunities for Professionalism,” Florida A&M University School of Law (October 12, 2010).  “Trademarks in Franchising,” Barry University School of Law (September 26, 2008 and October 16, 2009).  “Tom Olsen on the Law,” WDBO-AM Radio 580 (May 31, 2003 and March 19, 2006).  “Investor Protection:  A Guide to Protecting Clients from Incompetent and Unethical Investment Practices,” Orange County Bar Association Committee on Estates, Trusts and Guardianships (June 8, 2005);  “The Role and Effect of E-Commerce on Securities Law and Litigation,” University of Florida School of Law (April 4, 2002).  “Intellectual Property and the Internet,” University of Florida School of Law (January 31, 2001).  “Arbitrator Powers,” FINRA/NASD Participatory Training for Arbitrators (July 21, 1998).  “Franchising,” Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) (April 15, 1998).  “Arbitration Hearings and Awards,” FINRA/NASD Arbitrator Training (June 19, 1997).  “Arbitrators’ Duty to Follow the Law,” FINRA/NASD Spring Securities Conference (May 17, 1995).  Adjunct Professor, Rollins College Paralegal Studies Program (September 1992-February 1993).