After graduating from Hamilton, I attended Georgetown University Law Center and received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1969. I spent the next forty plus years practicing law in the District of Columbia.
My first position was as an Assistant U.S. Attorney where I conducted investigations and prosecutions of major crimes. In 1973 I joined the Office of General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency where I was a Senior Trial Attorney pursuing enforcement of laws regulating toxic chemicals. I was in private lawpractice from 1976 until 1983 and then took a Senior Executive Service position at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, whose primary mission is the protection of federal whistle blowers from reprisal. From 2008 until 2011, I served as Acting Director of this agency.
In 1971 I married Diane McVittie. We raised our family – two daughters and a son – in Alexandria, VA, where we still live. During my children’s school years I was involved in coaching baseball and both boys and girls soccer. Our children are married and have children of their own. We have five grandsons.
In 1994 Diane received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Foundations of Education. She taught and served as a counselor at Northern Virginia Community College until her retirement in 2009.
I retired in 2011. Since then we have done some international traveling and we spend considerable time visiting and enjoying our “out West” children and grandchildren who live in great places to visit: Boulder, Colorado, Santa Barbara, and Encinitas, California.