Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985, I began accepting appeals in the late 1980’s. Working at first on criminal defense appeals, I have represented a wide range of alleged offenses including murder, white collar crime, larceny, illegal possession of firearms, drug possession, drug trafficking and more. I have also done appeals for four upstate District Attorneys, thereby becoming familiar with prosecutorial tactics in criminal appeals.
However, my experience is not limited to criminal appeals. I have represented clients in many family law appeals, particularly those from Family Courts, throughout New York State. A number of these appeals have involved fathers’ rights, where I have won several victories. I also practiced in Broome County Family Court for three years prior to my appeals practice representing clients with issues such as child custody, visitation and support, problems with Social Services, and so on.
In addition, as an appellate generalist, I have represented a wide variety of appeals throughout New York State. These include everything from traffic tickets to personal injury, wills and estates, business, and insurance claims. I have won against the Attorney-General of New York State and major law firms.
Two of my appellate wins have been featured on the front page of “The New York Law Journal,” New York State’s leading newspaper for attorneys. In one appeal, nine federal justices unanimously agreed with me in my first ever federal appeal. In the other victory from February 2016, the Third Department, a New York State Appeals Court, unanimously agreed with my position in an insurance matter, and restored the client’s complaint to the trial Court’s calendar. Interestingly enough, the client’s picture appeared in “The New York Law Journal’s” front page story about the win.
My law degree is from Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. I also attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. While at Georgetown, I was chosen for participation on a law journal, “Law & Policy in International Business,” and authored two published articles for that journal.
My undergraduate degree is from Binghamton University, Vestal, New York, where I completed a four-year program in three years with an ‘A’ average. My major was Social Sciences. I was active in student government and the sport of fencing.
After undergraduate school, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I gained experience as a Special Agent doing federal criminal investigations for the Office of the Inspector General, USDA. The second woman ever to be employed in that capacity by USDA, I also became the second woman ever to attend the Department of Treasury’s Consolidated Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. At USDA, I primarily worked on white collar crime cases throughout five states.
After that, I was employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a writer-editor in the Public Information Section. Working on a number of publications, I became very familiar with the ins-and-outs of drug law enforcement. For my work with DEA’s Women’s Committee, I received the Department of Justice Equal Employment Opportunity Award.
Growing up primarily in Binghamton, New York, I moved back here to raise a family, and have lived in Broome County ever since.
My interests include public speaking through Toastmaster, and participation in the Binghamton University Alumni Association as well as in the annual Leadership Conference.