J.D., Loyola School of Law
B.A., Loras College
M.A. in Humanities (History), California State University,
ABT Strans Institute For Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School Of Law.
California State Bar, 1969; Illinois State Bar, 1967; United States District Court; United States Supreme Court, 1971.
Graduated Cum Laude, Loras College (Distinguished Alumni Award 2014); graduated with Honors, Loyola School of Law; Life Member, The Academic Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; St. Thomas More Society “Lawyer of the Year” 2004, selected by peers as one of “Fifty Orange County Super Lawyers” Los Angeles Magazine, February 2004 and every year since, a designation given to one-half of one percent of Orange County Lawyers; Ethics, Civility and Professionalism Award, 2004, ABOTA; honored as among the 100 (out of 36,000) most influential Lawyers in California (2005) by the Daily Law Journal; Papal Knighthood (EKHSJ) 2005; awarded the Cross of Honour (the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity) by Pope Benedict XVI (2009).
Adjunct Professor, Western State University College of Law (Civil Procedure); Presenter, Inns of Court; frequent lecturer at Orange County Claims Managers Forum, various local colleges, Continuing Education of the Bar classes, and State Bar of California seminars on Insurance Law and Trial Tactics; Presenter, ABOTA “Masters in Trial.”
“Some Thoughts on the Avoidance of Extra-Contractual Damages,” Western State University Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 73, 1986; “Metatag Cybertheft”, The Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 7 (July 2001).
Diplomate rank, American Board of Trial Advocates since 1976; American Bar Association; Orange County and San Francisco Bar Association; Southern California Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; International Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Editors, Defense Counsel Journal); Industry Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Forensic Studies; Special Counsel, California Paralyzed Veterans of America; Founding Board of Directors, St. Thomas More Society (Lawyer of the year, 2007); National Wildlife Federation; Sierra Club; The Heritage Foundation; Hillsdale College Benefactor; Wounded Warrior Project; Disabled American Veterans (Commanders Club); Smile Train (Platinum member); Project Hope; Amnesty International; Board of Governors, The Irish American Partnership; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Irish Northern Aid Committee; Habitat for Humanity (Carpenter’s Club); Board of Directors, Community Incentives for Teaching Excellence; Board of Directors, Orange County Legal Foundation; Former Board of Governors, Chaminade University; Board of Directors, JESAM (Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar Ministries); President, Wells of Life (Uganda water project); Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (Life Member), Rotary Club International; Special Forces Association (Life Member).