is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1983, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bates Student newspaper. In addition, he received engineering training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1979 to 1981 and one year of legal training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He participated in a judicial clerkship in 1985-86 with the Honorable Francis J. Larkin on the Appellate Division of the District Court, Western Division.
His entire legal career has been primarily devoted to the representation of injured persons. He specializes in product liability cases, automobile accidents, construction accidents, and other work-related injuries. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
In 2012, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and currently serves on the Judiciary, Education, and Global Warming & Climate Change Committees. You can view his official State House page by clicking here, and his campaign website by clicking here. From 2011-13, he served as a member of the Franklin Town Council in Franklin, Massachusetts. From 2001-2011, he served on the School Committee in the Town of Franklin, and was elected as its Chairman from 2002-2011. He has also served as a member of Franklin’s Horace Mann School Building Committee, and formerly as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Masque Theatre Co., Inc. in Milford, Massachusetts. Other memberships include the College Club and Alumni-in-Admissions for Bates College. His honors and awards include the St. Thomas More Society of Worcester Scholarship and the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law. He is also a bicycle rider in the annual Pan Mass Challenge event which raises money for the Jimmy Fund. He has been riding as a member of the Phil Phriends team since 2003. Finally, he is also a guitar player and member of the band Ben Gardner’s Boat.