B.A. North Carolina State University 1979
M.A. North Carolina State University 1980
J.D. University of North Carolina School of Law-Chapel Hill 1983
Admitted to Practice in North Carolina (1983) and in Michigan (1986)
I come to Cooley from the Southfield, Michigan, firm of Moore & Pozehl, P.C., where I was a partner and shareholder. I concentrated my practice in the areas of legal ethics, including attorney disciplinary and legal malpractice defense, and criminal defense in juvenile and district courts. I held the same position with the firm under the name of Moore Vestrand & Pozehl.
Prior to my work with Moore & Pozehl, I served as staff counsel for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. I have also served as an associate attorney for the firm of Lewis White & Clay, P.C., working as an in-house warranty counsel for Chrysler Corp.; as an assistant district attorney in Durham County, N.C., and as an associate attorney with Michaux & Michaux, in Durham, N.C. I also served as Law Clerk for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office in the criminal appellate division researching and writing criminal appellate briefs. I also served as a policy analyst intern for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, where I conducted the first/evaluation of the then newly implemented “Firecracker” or “One-Day/One-Trial” Jury System for civil and criminal cases. Lastly, I served as an Intern for United States Senator Robert Morgan, where I worked on Capitol Hill assisting with speech writing, communication with constituents and issue research.