"I’ve had different jobs and two careers: I worked as a researcher for a Capitol Hill journalist, and I wrote for a daily newspaper in the deep South. I attended law school in New York; I worked for a firm in San Francisco; I served for seven years as a prosecutor in Los Angeles. In Pittsburgh since 1997, I’m married to a university professor, we have two sons. I was a partner in a large law firm, defending “White Collar” criminal and whistleblower cases, and practicing media/First Amendment claims. I set up my own firm in 2014; we now employ three other lawyers. Somehow about forty years happened.
I still feel like I’m just starting my career. What Professor Joe Barton showed me about the importance of listening, about meeting people on their turf -- remains the essential constant throughout. Getting people to share their stories as a reporter, getting witnesses to remember and to testify as a lawyer, getting judges and adversaries to listen. Deciding which jurors to seat, and which to challenge; picking where to fight, what issues to fight for, and which to concede."