Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1978. Juris Doctor with honors, Duke University School Law, 1981.
Assistant general council Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, 1981—1984. Counsel committee on intelligence & foreign affairs United States House Representatives, 1984—1987. Special assistant to president The White House, 1987, deputy assistant to president, 1988.
Special assistant to secretary & deputy secretary United States Department Defense, 1989—1992, general counsel, 1992—1993. Counsel Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell LLP. Partner Holland & Knight LLP, Washington.
Senior vice president, general counsel American Trucking Association. Counsel to vice president The White House, Washington, 2001—2005, chief of staff to vice president, 2005—2009.
Married Cynthia Mary Smith. 3 children.