I Am My Father’s Son:
In the early 1950s my father came to this country from St. Lucia, West Indies. Born in Laborie, and raised in the small town of Saltibus he came to the United States simply looking to take a path that for many St. Lucians was impossible. An 8th grade education, 5 dollars in his pocket and an old bicycle waiting for him as a gift when he arrived in the US, he eagerly stepped into his adventure that he claimed as his life. Uneducated but worldly, speaking 4 languages; Kind and yet terse; liked Heinekens a little too much but loved scotch even more. A father, a contractor, a businessman and a self-proclaimed professional ice skater and down -hill skier (yet he never spent a moment on skates or skies nor did he even see snow or ice until he reached the States). His zest for life and unwavering backbone made him loved by many and intolerable to some. Armed with a chip on his shoulder, he worked hard, loved his children, enjoyed himself and along the way was able to see many failures and some successes. He is my foundation and my hero.
Professional Career :
I graduated from New York Law School and became a member of the Connecticut and New York Bar. I accepted an appoint to the Connecticut State’s Attorneys Office where I was a prosecutor for about five years being promoted to the Judicial District of Fairfield at Bridgeport Part A, handling major felony offences.
From the States Attorney’s Office to an Executive for the National Football League (NFL) and then to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) as Assistant General Counsel I kept it moving. I was a regular on Court TV as well as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. But, the goal was always to start my own practice by the age of 35, which I did.
Before becoming Vice President and General Counsel for the United Football League, I represented everyone from racecar drivers, to bodybuilders, to football players, entertainers, movie production companies, producers, boxers, NCAA athletes and companies expanding into the sports and entertainment industries. And, after the UFL, I represented high profile criminal defendants in Connecticut. The criminal defendants and my subsequent divorce and complex child custody case lead me to the realization that “LIFE is WAY TOO SHORT” to eat that certain kind of shit.
So, my life burned down, my law practice destroyed and my reputation tattered from the fall out…. But, in that storm, I found myself and found a better life.
I love My Kids, Cars, Motorcycles, and Fitness:
Life gets really simple when you burn it down. Your children remain your inspiration and you shinning light. You stay healthy so that you can stick around as long as possible with the kids and I rediscovered my love for sports, entertainment, Formula 1, live events and travel. It’s my loves, my life, my adventure and my business. And always, to keep at bay the demons that lurk inside and out: “I KEEP SAVAGE THE BODY AND EDUCATE THE MIND.”