Before becoming a full-time author, ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach, I had two parallel careers. One was in the courtroom as a business litigation and trial attorney where I delighted in the art of legal writing and advocacy storytelling for clients. The other was in the gymnasium as a basketball coach, primarily at the high school level, coaching both girls and boys in public and private schools. I relished teaching the game and the enduring lessons inherent in value-based sports competition.

My life-long passion for reading, the written word, and storytelling drove me into the literary world several years ago. Since then, I have authored, co-authored, ghostwrote, edited, and coached in multiple genre: memoir (true crime, business, spiritual quest, personal, military, and life-coaching and motivational); sports (basketball and high school athletics); web content; blogs; and fiction.

I have many favorite idioms and expressions, but the one that anchors me is from the late legendary coach John Wooden: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” The quest is perpetually invigorating.

I grew up in the streets of the Bronx, in its Mott Haven and Highbridge neighborhoods, where I can comfortably claim, I “made my bones.” Later, I served in the military from 1968-1970, taught in a Manhattan art and music program for preschool children after graduating from the City University of New York, and moved to San Francisco to attend law school (graduating from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law). I play guitar, hold a black belt in karate, and am an avid hiker, workout junkie, and pickleball player.

I live in Marin County, California and have two adult sons, both of whom teach grade school and coach high school basketball.

On the blog

The Memoir Client

As I found my way as a novice attorney, I developed a personal mantra that became the cornerstone of my legal career: “Every client is the only client.” Despite the glamor and intellectual challenge of the work, especially within the theatrical ambiance of court...

Voice Purification and The Birth of Literary Segregation

Dateline: January 31, 2022 On December 31, 2021, the big five book publishers, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan, announced the formation of a trade association dubbed the Literary Voice Association of America (LVA). The...

Measuring Coaching Success

Since retiring as a high school coach after 24 years, I muse from time to time about how to measure my coaching performance. The bottom line question is: was I successful? People consistently tell me I was and maybe, from their vantage point, that is so. But I am...