Resume & Publications
A Brief History of Positions & Experience



1991–Present, Menlo Park and Palo Alto, CA
Writer/Ghostwriter/Editor: The Practical Wordsmith

  • The Practical Wordsmith: Freelance writing, ghostwriting, interviewing, editing, writing coach, and web work in financial services, psychology, wellness, law, and technology. and Written roughly 15 books and 200 other published pieces.
1995-Present, Menlo Park, CA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Enlightenment.Com, Inc.
  • Founded website in 1995, produced first versions of website, raised initial investment, attracted and led management, employees, and contributors.
  • Created and distributed “Speaking of Everything,” first-ever audio CD interview of American philosopher Ken Wilber.
1998–2000, Mountain View, CA
Legal Researcher, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Research, writing, editing, and litigation responsibilities.
  • Directly assisted Patent Counsel for one year; some patent drafting.
  • Established and ran website for Office of Chief Counsel.

1991–1996, San Francisco, CA
Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing/Bancroft Whitney

  • Regular contributor to major national legal publishers (see Publications below).

1989-1991, San Francisco, CA
Managing Editor, GNOSIS Magazine

  • Managed authors and contributors; performed detailed line editing of all content.
  • Contributed roughly a dozen book reviews and one essay.

1988-1989, Palo Alto, CA
Associate Attorney, Cooley Godward

  • Participated in multibillion-dollar biotech arbitration; drafted software licenses, marketing contracts, and complex memo on classified information; pro bono work.

1984-1985 New York, New York
Grant Writer, Federation Employment & Guidance Service

  • Wrote grant applications at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Refined descriptions of staff biographies, program materials, successes, and funding rationales. Worked closely with organization leadership to meet difficult deadlines.



1985–1988 Charlottesville, VA
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

  • Member, Virginia Law Review, 1986.
  • Research & Projects Editor, of the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review, 1987-1988.
  • Member, Order of the Coif, 1988.
  • Appointed to Society of Fellows.
  • Graduated in top two percent of class.
  • Member California State Bar, 1988; currently inactive, in good standing.

1982–1984 Binghamton University, NY
M.A.P.P.A.A. (Master of Public Policy Analysis & Administration)

  • Wrote equipment grants for University Law Enforcement Division.
  • Taught class on introduction to political science.

1977–1981 Harpur College, Binghamton University, NY
B.A. (Philosophy)

  • Graduated with honors; Phi Beta Kappa.


Publications: Books, Legal Treatises and Other Materials Under My Own Name, Or With My Writing Contribution Otherwise Recognized

Financial Services

  • Wrote The Value of Debt for Tom Anderson (Wiley, 2013); released in September of 2013, this book has already made it onto two New York Times bestsellers lists. Thanked as writer in acknowledgments.
  • Wrote The Winners Circle V: Wealth Management Insights from America’s Best Financial Advisory Teams (Horizon, 2009). Thanked as writer in acknowledgments.
  • Wrote The Winners Circle: Asset Allocation Strategies from America’s Best Financial Advisors for R.J. Shook (Horizon, 2007). Thanked as writer in acknowledgments.

Legal Writing [written under my own name, sometimes with expert co-authors, for Bancroft Whitney/Lawyers Cooperative Publishing]:

  • “Potential for Fabricating Recorded Evidence Grows: Technological Advances in Audio and Video Recordings May Affect Court Admissibility Standards,” The National Law Journal (B13), April 22, 1996.
  • Video Technology, 58 Am Jur Trials (1996) (184 pages).
  • Electronic Evidence (1995) (1,070 pages).
  • Audio Recordings: Evidence, Experts & Technology (with forensic experts Fausto Poza and Anthony J. Pellicano), 48 Am Jur Trials 1 (1993) (585 pages).
  • Foundation For Audio Recording As Evidence, 23 Am Jur Proof of Facts 315 (1993) (182 pages). Voicegram Identification Evidence (written with Tito Poza) 54 Am Jur Trials 1 (1995) (259 pages).
  • California Litigation Techniques: Videotape Evidence, The Association of California Trial Lawyers (1992) (75 pages, excerpted from previous materials).
  • Foundation for Contemporaneous Videotape Evidence, 16 Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d 493 (1992) (83 pages).
  • Videotape Evidence, 44 Am Jur Trials 171 (1992) (145 pages).

Psychology and Wellness

  • Contributed to Anything Is Possible: The Art & Science of Tapping Into Your Power for Robert Rudelic (Impax Books, 2005).
  • Contributed to Changing Channels (Ex Libris, 1992) by Steve Cross.

Magazines and Online Venues

  • GNOSIS Magazine: roughly 15 articles, columns, or reviews under my name.
  • WIRED: roughly 10 articles, columns, or reviews under my name.
  • Extensive writing of reviews, articles, and interviews for Enlightenment.Com.


Publications: Books, Articles, Columns, White Papers, and Other Materials Where My Role Remains Confidential Or Is Otherwise Not Recognized

Financial Services

  • 2012–2013: Wrote medium-sized book for financial advisor launching new firm, describing his economic theories.
  • 2012–2013: Wrote eBook for financial advisor on life and investing lessons.
  • 2010–2013: Wrote roughly a dozen articles, white papers, or website columns for various financial advisors.
  • 2010–2012: Wrote roughly 40 short biographies (about 1,5000 words each) of financial advisors for financial services consulting firm “elite advisors” website.
  • 2008–2011: Wrote roughly a dozen “custom forewords” for two different books for financial services consulting firm.
  • 2008–2010: Wrote (unpublished) book on ETFs (exchange-traded funds) for R.J. Shook of the Winner’s Circle.
  • 2007-2009: Wrote “Round Table” materials for financial services consulting firm.
  • 2007–2008: Wrote coaching book for financial services consulting firm that embodied, revised, and updated the firm’s core curriculum.
  • 2007–2010: Wrote 52 consecutive monthly columns in Research Magazine for a principal at a major financial services consulting firm.
  • 2006–2008: Wrote 11 additional columns for same principal for two other magazines, Wealth Manager and Solutions.
  • 2004: Wrote 7 columns for different principal at same coaching company for Research Magazine.

Psychology and Wellness

  • 2013: Developed conceptual framework and table of contents for in-depth book on depression and children for psychologist client.
  • Substantially assisted on Dummies book on depression for psychologist client.