I was born in Louisville, KY in 1958, the oldest of four children in a nurturing family, and then moved to Chicago at age 17 to attend college on the south side in Hyde Park. Experiencing this City was such a wonderful shock, and I have been a proud resident of Chicago ever since, living on the Northwest Side for over 30 years. I got my B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1981, and then earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. Unlike many of my fellow graduates at the time, I chose not to pursue a career serving large corporations. Instead, I started my own practice to meet the needs of local residents and small businesses, for about 20 years from my first office in Lincoln Park, and for the last 13 years from here in Old Irving Park. I have concentrated primarily in transactional work, such as real estate and small business interests, along with wills, trusts, and estate planning.
My clients are real people, a varied group that hail from all walks of life. The common denominator is that they have a problem and they need an affordable advisor that is deserving of their trust. My client’s problems have made me intimately familiar with many of the state and local laws that impact our lives, and afforded me the opportunity to see how they can be improved. I believe that my years of experience and problem-solving skills are exactly what a Senator needs to become an effective legislator, as well as an effective advocate for us all in Springfield.
I have run for political office once previously, where I was one of eight candidates vying for Alderman in the 38th Ward in 2011. While I was defeated soundly by Tim Cullerton, I was pleased that I was the only other candidate to win some precincts. I have been an active Board Member of the Old Irving Park Association (OIPA) for many years and currently hold the position of Secretary, where I try to keep those neighbors that cannot attend our meetings up to date on community affairs. OIPA has approximately 500 dues paying members and is known for being particularly involved in local government, working with our elected officials and holding them accountable for issues that impact the residents within our boundaries.