From 1975 through 1994, I lived and practiced in Denver, Colorado. In 1995, I moved my residence to Maine, where I was born and now practice full time in both states. Throughout my legal career, I have represented my clients in disputes involving savings and loan mergers, corporate acquisitions, deceptive trade practices, Civil Rico and shareholder/director litigation. I have practiced as head of my own firm and as a partner in Hopper, Kanouff, Smith, Peryam and Terry in Denver, Colorado, a firm which specialized in securities and banking law. From 1991 through 1992 I headed the litigation department at Burke & Castle, P.C., a firm which specialized in the representation of mortgage lenders.

As a partner with the firm of Hopper, Kanouff, Smith, Peryam and Terry, I handled the defense of securities cases for the firm's broker/dealers in NASD arbitrations and Federal Court litigation throughout the central and western United States. These cases related to violations of NASD, AMEX, and NYSE regulations, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and the Colorado Securities Act involving issues of corresponding broker liability, 10b(5) claims, suitability issues, negligence, fraud and deceptive trade practices.

While with the firm of Burke & Castle, P.C., as head of litigation, in addition to managing my own cases, I oversawa team of attorneys and their support staff handling complex litigation for the Resolution Trust Corporation dealing with governmental consolidations of failed lending institutions, loan workouts, foreclosure litigation, deficiency claims, denial of loans, defamation of credit and government seizure of property under the drug enforcement laws. I both prosecuted and defended on behalf of lending institutions and the United States Government. Other areas in which I have practiced for many years involve the bringing of professional negligence suits against attorneys, architects and engineers, in both Federal and State Court.


Over twenty years ago, I earned the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent. Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis, conducts peer review ratings throughout the nation and bases results on the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary. An AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for over 24 years.

Instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Rocky Mountain Regional Division

University of Denver - B.S.B.A - 1971

University of Denver - Juris Doctor - 1974

Admitted in the state and federal courts of Maine and Colorado

Languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Born Lewiston, Maine, 1949; admitted to the Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado bars 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 1980; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska 1985; State and Federal Bar, Maine1996; Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Rocky Mountain Regional, 1988. Member: Colorado and Maine State Bar Associations (Member, Section of Litigation); Maine Trial Lawyers Association.