Following my graduation from IUP, I returned home to work in a local factory prior to getting a job in Social Work. Two years later, I headed off to Duquesne University School of Law working evenings to help with tuition.
Following law school, I worked for a year as a law clerk in the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender. I then joined the Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney, as an Assistant District Attorney under the current administration. After nearly 3 years prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases, I went into private practice as Criminal Defense Attorney in Downtown Pittsburgh.
During my time in private practice, I was presented with an opportunity to return to the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender, as the Deputy Director of the Pre-Trial Division. Later, I accepted the position as Chief Deputy Director of the entire office.
My fight as a Trial Lawyer continued and my drive to help others intensified as I continued to fight for the underdog, disenfranchised and the forgotten citizens of Allegheny County. I mentored and supervised bright young attorneys as they vowed to fight the good fight.
Together, we helped changed the narrative of a Public Defender by providing zealous representation to the Citizens of Allegheny County. However, despite our best efforts, the problems in the system remained unchanged.
I came to the realization that the only way to achieve actual change within the criminal justice system is through the Office of the District Attorney as THE District Attorney of Allegheny County . . .