About

In 2015 I retired from my position as managing partner at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman, and Darby LLP – A firm I founded with Ken Berman and Alan Gross in 1991.

Or should I say I re-booted?

Now, I am a historian (amateur or professional is a question for debate) with a special interest in modern Israeli history. Perhaps, that is because my mother was a holocaust survivor. She was born in Austria, forced to move first to France and then Belgium, in an attempt, along with her parents, to avoid the Nazi onslaught. Her searing experience taught me to appreciate courage and determination and has had a significant impact on my world view. My father served in World War Two as a radio operator on transport planes flying supplies from India to China over the “hump” (the Himalayan Mountains).  Subsequently he worked as an economist for the Federal Government and various related agencies.  His unstinting focus on honesty, fairness, and objective analysis has served as my post important guideposts throughout t my life.

I am also a proud supporter of Israel. In 2014, I attended my first AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee)  meeting. I was astounded at the number of people with like mind that had gathered to learn more and work more in furtherance of America and Israel. In 2016, I was named to AIPAC’s National Council and in 2017 I became AIPAC’s co-chair for Wyoming.

This is my personal blog.  My professional attorney bio can still be found on my former firm’s website where I am Of Counsel.  Within this blog you will find my personal views on various issues in the news, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Jackson Hole travel, Workers’ Compensation policy, and selected issues concerning law office management.   I also will touch on miscellaneous topics involving sports, travel, books I have read, personal finance and software. Nothing stated should be considered the views of any organization that I am affiliated with (including AIPAC and my former law firm).

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My Publications

Israel Related

The Pivotal Years: Israel and the Arab World, 1966-1977.  The entire book is available for sale as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Volume One in print is also available for sale  on Amazon.

Law Related

 I authored a two volume treatise on Maryland Workers’ Compensation  –  first published in 2008. It comprises more than 1400 pages of analysis, law, charts and sample case transcripts. It is published by West, a leading national publisher of legal books and is updated yearly. Each year I update the book with all new appellate cases and regulations promulgated during the prior year.

Jackson Hole Related

 An ebook devoted to travelling in the Jackson Hole area during the summer.

Database Design

 Since June of 2011, I have had eleven articles published in Inside Sesame — the leading publication devoted to Lantica’s Sesame database for customized business applications. For a complete list see my publications page.

Publications in Progress

1)      The Pivotal Years: Israel and the Arab World, 1966-1977, Volume Two will be published in June, 2017.

2)      An ebook devoted to travelling in the Jackson Hole area during the winter.

3)      Yearly updates of my treatise on Maryland Workers’ Compensation.

Publications in Development

  1. A book concerning Israeli border security issues
  2. A historical fiction concerning the Etzion Block in 1948 and its re-settlement in 1967-1968
  3. A policy book about workers’ compensation in the United States
  4. A non-fiction biography about Israeli General, David Elazar or a historical fiction based on his life.

Other Blogs I Maintain

1)  Jackson Hole Favorites  –   A blog devoted to travelling in the Jackson Hole area.

2) Israeli Security Issues (coming June 1, 2017) – A blog devoted to Israel’s current security issues.

Speaking Engagements

I have taught numerous continuing legal education courses for lawyers and have frequently been honored with the opportunity to speak at seminars with regard to Workers’ Compensation issues for many Unions: including communication workers, fire fighters, and civilian local government employees.  I have also testified on multiple occasions before the Maryland Legislature on Workers’ Compensation issues.

Disclaimer

This is my personal blog.  The opinions I express here are not those of AIPAC, Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP, or any other organization or individual.  Although they may coincide, the opinions are entirely reflective of my personal views only. I also make no representation as to the accuracy and/or validity of my writing or views and will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages based on their use. I also cannot warrant or guarantee in any fashion that the information provided is current with present knowledge, including my own.  I encourage you to use independent judgment and corroborate any facts found within this blog.