Experience

Following my retirement in early 2012 after 24 years as Regional Director for the NLRB, I have continued my career as a neutral by serving as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of private and public sector disputes.  I have been appointed to several national and regional permanent panels jointly selected by management and labor and have issued dozens of Opinions and Awards involving discipline, contract interpretation and procedural issues arising under both collective bargaining contracts and organizing agreements.

I have also remained active in the labor relations community, particularly with the King County Bar Association and LERA, and continue to speak at conferences and meetings in the Pacific Northwest regarding arbitration and related labor law topics.   I approach my new responsibilities with energy and enthusiasm and welcome the privilege of arbitrating or mediating workplace disputes.

Please do not hesitate to call or write me for references or any other questions.


Leadership

  • Chair, King County (Seattle) Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment
    Law (2102-2013)
  • Chair, 2012 Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Trustee, King County (Seattle) Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Held leadership positions on numerous NLRB committees and projects, including
    the Impact Analysis Committee, accomplishing a fundamental restructuring of the
    agency’s priorities and practices in investigating and resolving unfair labor practices
  • Chaired the NLRB’s committee which significantly reorganized, revised and updated
    the manual that provides agency staff and public stakeholders the definitive guide for
    processing unfair labor practice cases
  • Chaired Federal Executive Board, which coordinates activities of numerous federal
    agencies
  • Chaired Combined Federal Campaign, the primary vehicle for charitable activities of
    federal employees
  • Chaired the Regional Directors’ Committee, which meets regularly with Washington,
    D.C. headquarters, to resolve agency-wide operational and case-handling concerns

Awards

  • Presidential Rank Award, 2010, based on record of outstanding achievement
    throughout career as NLRB Regional Director
  • Vice Presidential Award, 1997, conferred for innovation and efficiency

Permanent Panels

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough & Alaska Public Employees Association
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) & CNA/NNOC
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) & SEIU
  • King County Metro and ATU, Local 587
  • Oregon Health & Science University & AFSCME Local 328
  • Oregon University System & SEIU 503
  • Simpson Door and Carpenters Local 2761
  • Swedish Medical Center and SEIU 1199 NW

Arbitration Rosters

  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Washington Public Employee Relations Commission
  • Oregon Employment Relations Board
  • Montana Board of Personnel Appeals

Memberships / Activities

  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Induction, November 2012)
  • American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
  • LERA (formerly IRRA)
  • King County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Admitted in Massachusetts
  • Frequent Speaker at numerous conferences, including:
    • American Bar Association Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
    • Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference
    • Washington and Oregon Bar Association Conferences
    • LERA, Northwest Chapter Annual Conference
    • Oregon Labor Law Annual Conference
    • Alaska AFL-CIO Annual Conference
    • University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law programs
    • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Education

  • Columbia University, B.A., 1968
  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1974