Upon graduating from SUNY Maritime College in 1979, I sailed in the U.S Merchant Marine as a Merchant Marine Officer. Thereafter, I attended New York Law School and earned my J.D. I interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil –Torts, Admiralty Division.
I practiced admiralty law for several years as an Associate at the Law Firm of Chalos and Brown and was involved with high profile Admiralty law cases. In 1996, I joined the SUNY Maritime Faculty and am a member of the Global Business and Transportation Department. Classes that I have taught include Admiralty Law, Business Law, International Law, Environmental Law, Marine Insurance, Business of Shipping, Introduction to Economics and Business, Transportation Systems. My areas of research include Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law. My research deals with Maritime Casualties and the Limitation of Liability as questions exist as to whether the law’s original purpose remains relevant within the context of contemporary shipping and risk management.