After graduating from law school, I embarked on my legal career initially as a criminal prosecutor in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. Over the next 17 years, I worked in many of the office's specialized units and eventually supervised the consumer and environmental protection division. In that unit I was responsible for all the usual administrative duties and carried my own caseload of both civil and criminal environmental cases.
During a break from the DA's Office I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting a variety of federal crimes. I also taught Trial Advocacy at a local law school.
After obtaining a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School (1993), I moved to Vermont where I was the director of the Enforcement Division at ANR for 14 years. This unit of attorneys and investigators was responsible for the investigation and civil enforcement of virtually all state environmental offenses.
Locally, I was a Waitsfield selectman for 10 years, chair during my last year, and currently maintain a limited environmental legal practice.