Following an idyllic childhood in Louisiana, I graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, separated by a stint in the army. After practicing with a large law firm in Seattle, I took a job at Western Washington University where I taught undergraduates to think about the relationship between law and society for 33 years. During that time I began to practice law part time at Brett Law, working on major cases. Now retired from teaching, I continue a part time law practice, helping other attorneys at Brett Law develop litigation strategy, write briefs, and argue motions and appeals.
I divide my passions among 1) family, with special attention to what at this writing is a sole grandson; 2) woodworking, mainly bird carving but also an 18 foot totem pole in the new Whatcom Museum; 3) conservation, primarily as a founding board member of Whatcom Land Trust I have helped negotiate transactions conserving well over 10,000 acres of land; 4) hiking, kayaking and exploring the world including Borneo, Zambia, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Chile, Trinidad-Tobago, Laos, Peru, Madagascar, Nepal, Central America, China, Venezuela, Arctic Alaska, Tibet, Morocco, Argentina, Cambodia, and Europe.
Amount Awarded: $5.5 Million
Amount Awarded: $752,000