I have been practicing law in Monterey County since 1980, with an emphasis on Estate Planning, Real Estate and Business matters. In 2022, I joined the firm of Nicora Law Offices LLP, with the designation “Of Counsel”. (www.nicoralaw.com)
- State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.A. Theoretical Mathematics, 1971
M.S. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 1974
Ph.D. (all but dissertation) Statistics, 1976
- University of West Los Angeles
J.D., Law, Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, 1980
During 1977 through 1980, I worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as a Transportation System Analyst. While there, I worked primarily on two projects.
First, I was a principal author of a State of the Art Assessment of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in Use throughout the World, a report prepared for Congress. I developed the data requirements and collection methodology, and extensively traveled in France, Germany and the Great Britain in fulfillment of this task. Information was collected from vehicle manufacturers, operators, and government officials. I managed the statistical analysis efforts, as well as report organization, editing, and publication. I also designed the cover art.
Second, I was the project manager of a study for the Urban Mass Transit Administration regarding Automated Fare Collection equipment and methods in Mass Transit. The purpose was to assess alternative systems approaches as well as the costs and reliability associated with existing systems in use.
I was an active volunteer with the Carmel Valley Angel Project1, the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee2, the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library3, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis, the Congregation Beth Israel Jewish Food Festival4, the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Old Monterey Business Association, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Carmel-By-The-Sea Rotary Club5.
One of the highlights of my efforts with the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library was the production of the series of annual fundraisers called “A Night at the Old Buckeye” between 1995 and 1999. This was in recognition of the original use of the library building as a restaurant/bar known as “The Buckeye”. For example, the checkout desk was the original bar, complete with brass foot rail and hanging racks above the bar to hold wine glasses. For one night each year, the library was transformed back into its original bar/restaurant appearance, complete with food from the original restaurant menu, bartenders and waitresses who actually worked there back in the 70s, and live music and dancing. Proceeds from these events helped to fund the expansion of the library space into previously used business offices/workshops.
Another major highlight of my efforts with the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library was the establishment of a School Scrabble Club in 2006. I organized and coordinated a qualifying Scrabble Tournament for fifth through eighth graders. The two winners of the tournament were sponsored by the Friends to attend and compete in the National School Scrabble Championship in Boston, where they took 31st place out of 98 teams as novice competitors, never having been in a Scrabble Tournament before.
One of the highlights of my time with the Rotary Club was the establishment of the Carmel Rotary Blues Band and playing “gigs” during 1994 to 1998 to raise money for youth music programs and, ultimately, the creation of a recording studio in the Carmel Youth Center for local youth to train, rehearse and record. I also chaired the first 2 years of the “Carmel Rotary Soul and Blues Revue”, an annual fund-raiser to continue raising money for youth music programs in the local community.
1And Pro Bono corporate counsel
2And Past President
3And Past President
4And Director of Transportation
5And Past Secretary
- I have a lifetime credential to teach Mathematics and Law in the California Community Colleges
- I taught courses in Mathematics at the college level in New York and California between 1970 and 1990.
- I taught the Legal Aspects of Real Estate at Monterey Peninsula College a few times during the period of 1983-1990.
- Motorcycling – (1967 to 2013) including traveling over 74,000 miles touring the United States on a 1991 Harley Davidson Electra Glide.
- Computer programming, operation and maintenance (1965 to present)
- Brewing Beer – English bitter, brown ale, and porter. (1991 to 1999)
- Piano – primarily classical (1957 to present); dabbled with the blues (1994 to 1998)
- Power Boating – (1999 to 2008)