What is your current title and workplace?
I am still a Partner in the firm that I started practicing with in Kansas City, 42 years ago. I opened the firm’s Washington DC office in 1986 and then moved to Phoenix to open the firm’s office here. I have been a Partner in that office since 1989.
How does your faith play into your role?
The faith that started at St. Teresa’s and moved with me to Pius X has been a bedrock and a haven for me through the years of my law practice.
How has your work evolved over the past few decades?
My practice stopped evolving in 1982, the year I was retained by the FDIC to handle a bank fraud case from a failed bank in KC. Within a year that case grew into a fraud case involving over 200 failed banks and S&Ls that had been targeted by a Mafia-run entity from New York. Those cases concluded very successfully in early 1989. Since then, I have been blessed with a long series of exciting, high profile cases.
“My years at Pius X were some of the best and most formative years of my life. Everything seemed to coalesce in those years for Pius and our classes of ‘64 through ‘67.”
What initiatives or projects are you hoping to start or finish in the coming years?
It is time to get retired from this series of excitements. I have two cases that I need to put to bed before I go. I’ve got one in pajamas already so I am headed for retirement by the end of 2019.
What has been your greatest achievement since leaving Pius in 1967?
Two events standout. The first one was in 1972. That year, as a 22 year old, I ran for Secretary of State in Kansas. I ran alongside the incumbent Governor and ran a very close race against a longtime incumbent in the general election.
The second event was the Keating/Lincoln Savings cases that brought me from Washington DC to Phoenix in early 1989. I had just finished the Mob bank fraud cases when I was hired. The Keating/Lincoln Savings cases became the then largest piece of civil litigation in our country’s history (50,000,000 pages of documents, hundreds of depositions, 119 expert witnesses, etc). I was in charge of those cases at the ripe old age of 39. The cases went on for over 5 years and we collected a record-high amount for the FDIC/RTC.
When not working, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing?
I used to be a pretty good golfer but now I am miserable at it. That said, I still get out and chase the memories of that talent past.
What memories do you have of Pius X High School?
My years at Pius X were some of the best and most formative years of my life. Everything seemed to coalesce in those years for Pius and our classes of ‘64 through ‘67. We had an outstanding group of teachers, a wonderful class of students, interesting priests, and it was the exciting Vince Aldrich era in Pi-Hi football. I will always be grateful for every Pius X moment.