I’m a lawyer practicing estate planning and elder law. I used to work as an attorney editor at the State Bar of Wisconsin, and before that I practiced in Janesville as a solo lawyer. I’m still passionate about legal writing, editing, and publishing, which is why this blog exists.
My day-to-day job involves drafting legal documents, reading laws and regulations, and making complex rules (estate planning, Medicaid) understandable for normal people. To do that, I use the skills I’ve learned as an editor: tightening, sharpening, and brightening the words I use to explain the law to my clients.
I love to read books about language, writing, and editing. You’ll find reference books on grammar, usage, punctuation, and style within easy reach of my desk. I also like to relax by playing board games with friends, who have learned to immediately hand me the rulebook (I always read the rules).
I grew up in Madison and Janesville, and I’m a proud Wisconsinite. I live in Janesville now with my amazing wife Gabby, who I married four years ago. Our first child, Miles, was born December 2017.